Jesus once said, "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." But that doesn't stop folks from trying.
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 the … Continue reading The minimalism of the desert monks
Helder Camara once observed, "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist."
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 responsibility … Continue reading A Perfect Circle lament the new beatitudes of Trump era America
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
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.
"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. What … Continue reading What is the cost of our economic success?
"The yin and yang of world hunger" by Imgur I think this yin-yang inspired image nicely illustrates the complete lack of balance between developed and developing nations! And as a citizen of a developed nation I find the prophecy of Jesus quite sobering: "Woe to you who are well fed now, for you will go … Continue reading The Yin Yang of World Hunger
God is always near - But where money talks Eh? Harder to hear