Sell your possessions and give to the poor

It’s one of Jesus’ most avoided and ignored bits of teaching, if not the most ignored. Most people base their avoidance from Matthew 19:16-30. We are not rich young rulers and we don’t have the same issues as he did, or so we argue. Christians don’t get all excited by new stuff right? But even if it is legitimate to not apply Jesus’ instruction in Mt 19:21 it’s quite a bit harder to avoid Luke 12:33 where Jesus repeats the instruction (not suggestion or advice) but this time to his…

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Conspiracy of Freedom

This video is pretty scary if you’re a parent (or more so if you hope to be one in the future) HT: Challies Which is why it’s important what we teach our kids about money (click here for a summary). We live in age of unparalleled consumer credit, where technology is inescapable and there’s no reason to expect that to change much any time soon. So, if you live anywhere near Shrewsbury, you might want to come to this event next Thursday (facebook event)to learn more about how we can…

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Consumerism round-up

Yesterday I gave you a climate change set of links. This one is themed too. No surprise it’s consumerism! Would you take more care with your unwanted electronics if you knew they were poisoning African children  There is a place called Garbage City and it’s what happens when we can’t control our rubbish Which is why you should get rid of useless crap (and other reasons too) Gerald Hiestand has a poem on the poison of materialism  Mark Meynell shows up the difference between kingdom and corporate culture  While the…

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What about…*updated*

A while ago I read my friend Dave’s account of the impact of a talk I gave, and he listed the questions I posed that night, I’ve turned those questions into a series of posts which I’ve now finished. Here’s the complete set: Questions of life What about the consumer dream? What about the environment? What about consumption? What about the way we label success? What about generosity? What about the desire for ownership? What about sharing? What about the goal of our lives being the accumulation of wealth? What…

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Buying a new car

Buying a car is a stressful experience (here and here for the story of my previous agonising over this) for me but that is exactly what I’ve just done. Here’s the scoop on the ins and outs of it. I first had to ask myself do we need a car at all? Not what sort of car but just any car. The answer is a yes and no. We could, of course, live without a car but it is a different sort of life we’d live. As my friend Jeremy…

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Consuming Reflections: If you're rich be like this

Job is an interesting character – as I’ve already noted when we first meet him, he is an extremely rich man. By the end of the story he is even richer, God has not only restored to him what was lost but gave him an even greater abundance (Job 42:12). Job, like Abraham, is held up as an example that God thinks being rich is OK. If being rich in and of itself were bad then why would God bless Job? It’s a reasonable argument but the Bible also tells…

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What about our security?

This is the penultimate post in my ‘what about’ series that was prompted by this post. Security whether it’s national security protecting your country from terrorism or personal security protecting your home from thieves, it’s a given these days that we have a right to be kept safe from harm. It is our inalienable right to this and more. Of course these rights are pretty thinly spread around the globe – security is a distant dream for those in Darfur or Eastern Congo or Afghanistan. Or closer to home for…

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What about the desires of our heart?

It’s been a while since I last picked up this series that was provoked by this post but self-discipline requires me to plough on and finish what I started. The heart is a funny thing and by that I don’t mean the blood pumper that resides in our chests, it’s that centre of emotions that governs our lives. Some decisions we make are governed by our heads, by that we mean we weigh up the facts, the pros and cons and do our best to make a logical decision. Other…

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