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Month: April 2016

Wealth and Stewardship: Key Biblical Principles

3407402643_7d11d2717f_zIn the most recent issue of the Christian Research Journal, I have an article discussing some of the central biblical teachings concerning stewardship of our financial resources.

I recently was interviewed on CRJ’s Postmodern Realities Podcast about these issues. The content on the podcast is different than, but related to, the article.

I answered such questions as:

  • What are some of the key vices related to wealth? What are some of the key Christian virtues?
  • Who are the rich, biblically speaking? Who are the poor?
  • What are some misconceptions about wealth that Christians should be concerned about?
  • How do our attitudes about money impact our walk with Christ?
  • Is there something more spiritual about poverty?
  • What is the church doing right in this area?

You can listen to the podcast here: http://streaming.integrationworks.com:3000/archive/PMR_EPISODE_005.mp3

Photo: khrawlings, CCL

The Bible and Social Justice

Biblical justice is preoccupied with the needs of those who are poor, weak, disadvantaged, or oppressed (e.g. Deut 24:17; Ps 10:17-18; Isa 10:1-2; Jer 5:28; Luke 4:18-19). Biblical justice is thus less concerned with individual merit or excellence than with individual powerlessness and need. It is focused on aiding those in distress, not on calculating desert. It is more interested in protecting the powerless and enabling everyone to contribute than in identifying what some already contribute. In a biblical context, need and powerlessness are the most basic criteria for the distribution of benefits. It is only after this priority is met that ability and desert can become criteria for justice.”  Joseph Kotva, The Christian Case for Virtue Ethics

I just came across this again today. What do you think?

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