Materialism and Consumerism Grips Christians | What Are You Doing About It?

Richard Beck just finished up a fantastic series on the topic of giving.  In the fourth article of his series Beck wrote: Here's the cold hard truth. If you were to poll church leaders asking them to name the most pernicious influence upon American Christianity I bet the answer would be unanimous: Materialism and consumerism. I agree with Beck about 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000%. Perhaps I … [Read more...]

Embracing Missional Frugality

Perhaps you’re not familiar with the term missional. Basically, to be missional is to adopt the stance of a missionary in all you do. There’s a lot of buzz right now (at least back when I was able to keep up with the North American buzz) about the concept of churches becoming missional. The call is for churches to do everything with intentionality in order to reach out to those around … [Read more...]

Giving Stories & Generous Christians Hunt + Roundup

As you may or may not know, I’m writing a book.  Actually, I’m doing more than writing a book.  I’m touching on the fringes of a breakthrough.  I don’t mean to be melodramatic, but I feel like I’m hot on the trail of getting a firm grasp of a financial call for Christians who want to take the next step towards generosity.  The writing and preparation process has been … [Read more...]

Religious Discrimination? You Be The Judge

What is religious discrimination? Wikipedia defines religious discrimination as: Whereas religious civil liberties, such as the right to hold or not to hold a religious belief, are essential for Freedom of Religion (in the United States secured by the First Amendment), religious discrimination occurs when someone is denied "the equal protection of the laws, equality of status under the law, … [Read more...]