The Yin Yang of World Hunger

“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 goContinue reading “The Yin Yang of World Hunger”

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes

In their book, “Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible”,  E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien observe, “There is a discernible pattern by which Western readers read-and even misread-Scripture.” For example, “Our cultural mores tell us sexual modesty is necessary while economic modesty is considerate: preferable but not necessary.”Continue reading “Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes”

The Inner Poverty of Prosperity Preaching

Even the social gospel, which made sin more of an offense against our fellow humans rather than first and foremost against God, at least recognized it as a failure to give to someone else the love and service that I owe. In the increasingly pervasive message of preachers like Osteen, however, sins become offenses IContinue reading “The Inner Poverty of Prosperity Preaching”

Voodoo, Yahoo and Nigerian Scams

According to New Scientist, Joshua Oyeniyi Aransiola, a sociologist at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife has the inside scoop on the Nigerian email scammers and it turns out their secret to success is voodoo:  Those unfamiliar with Nigerian culture might find one of the study’s findings particularly surprising – scammers make regular use of voodoo. AsContinue reading “Voodoo, Yahoo and Nigerian Scams”

A New Kind of Prosperity Gospel

In an article entitled, A New Kind of Prosperity Gospel, Bruce Epperly writes: “While there is much to affirm about the relationship of positive thinking, visualization, and heart-felt faith with physical, mental, relational, and spiritual well-being, I believe there are serious problems with both the new age/new thought and Pentecostal understandings of spirituality and prosperity.Continue reading “A New Kind of Prosperity Gospel”