The minimalism of the desert monks

The abbot Theodore of Pherme had three fine codices. And he came to the abbot Macarius and said to him. “I have three codices, and I profit by the reading of them. And the brethren also come seeking to read them, and they themselves profit. Tell me, therefore, what I ought to do?” And theContinue reading “The minimalism of the desert monks”

A Perfect Circle lament the new beatitudes of Trump era America

A Perfect Circle are set to release a new album in 2018, their first in 14 years, and this month they’ve unveiled a teaser track entitled, “The Doomed”. It’s musically and lyrically explosive. As the song progresses, vocalist Maynard James Keenan paints a dark and disturbing picture of a society hell bent on shrugging off responsibilityContinue reading “A Perfect Circle lament the new beatitudes of Trump era America”

The hermit and the thieves

Once some thieves came to an old hermit and said, “We are taking everything in your cell.” He answered, “Take whatever you need, my children.” They took almost everything in the cell and left. But they missed a little bag of money that was hidden. The elder picked it up and went after them, crying,Continue reading “The hermit and the thieves”

A Statement on the Prosperity Gospel

If you equate evangelical Christianity with the prosperity gospel then I highly recommend reading A Statement on the Prosperity Gospel by the Lausanne Theology Working Group. Lausanne is one of the peak bodies for the evangelical movement worldwide. It may surprise you how hard they come down on prosperity preaching.

What is the cost of our economic success?

“Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great! … The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.” (Revelation 18:2-3) I don’t know about you, but I get uncomfortable with the market mechanisms that hold up our economies, while exploiting everyone and everything they touch. WhatContinue reading “What is the cost of our economic success?”