Unemployment has hovered at high levels for the last few years, but the talk from commentators and politicians is all about how American workers aren’t trying hard enough to get a job. Where are the voices of Christians to speak the truth against these harmful caricatures? (Photo by Jetportal used by Creative Commons License. Thanks!)
When Zacchaeus encountered Jesus, he did not promise to read scripture more faithfully nor to attend the synagogue more regularly. On this occasion he was not pledging his time or his talent to the programmatic mission of the faith community. Worthy as those are — and necessary for the life of the people of God — this visit was about something else.
By the Rev. Marcus C. Lohrmann
By Lt. Col. David Penman
Any statement on stewardship must be kept in the context of who and whose we are. We are charged with taking care of things until Jesus comes again. But this is certainly not a passive supervision of God’s creation. We are all charged with doing his work.
Inspired by populist and libertarian personalities to read and embrace the ideas of “Atlas Shrugged”? Not so fast, says Christian financial author Gary Moore. Ayn Rand’s philosophy is antithetical to Christian ethics and biblical witness. It glorifies greed and condemns social responsibility.
Here is a classic essay from one of Christian theology’s most prophetic voices. Walter Brueggemann offers a challenging biblical analysis of the role of money in our culture. Wealth in America, he says, acts as a narcotic, and we notice neither our wealth nor others’ poverty.
Lectionary Reflection for May 23
Ask your average mainline Christian what Pentecost is all about, and you’re likely to hear everything from “I don’t know” to “We all wear red.” Worship leaders, preachers, and Christian educators should give careful thought to this important day.