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...]

Are We Making Minimum Payments to the Poor?

If you are part of a church, can I ask you to consider something I’ve been thinking about lately? Are we, as a church, making minimum payments to the poor?  Or better yet, am I, as an individual, making minimum payments to the poor? All of us know that if you make minimum payments on credit card debt, you are basically just treading water.  When you make minimum payments, the situation … [Read more...]

Practicing Christian Hospitality | How to be a Gracious Host

The need for Christian hospitality There was a day and age when hospitality was a regular part of life.  But, in this generation we’ve mastered the art of outsourcing hospitality.  That’s what hotels and restaurants are for, right?  In the Biblical times, hospitality was motivated by the nature of God.  As people travelled from place to place, they expected to find a home within the people of … [Read more...]

Solution to Poverty? Is it Money?

For the last three years I have been living in Papua New Guinea (PNG).  Here are some quick facts to familiarize you with the economic condition there.  The remainder of this post focuses specifically on issues of the poor related to third world countries like PNG. 85% of PNG citizens are sustenance farmers.  This means they live off of what they grow in their gardens. The majority of homes … [Read more...]