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Spiritual Practice #7: Move Towards Greater Financial Integrity and Generosity

November 23, 2016

blessedLet’s talk about money. We all know that money is necessary – for all sorts of things. I think we also know that money can be dangerous. It can put our spiritual lives, our relationships, and our emotional, mental and physical lives at risk. The apostle Paul isn’t telling us anything we don’t already know when he says, “The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”

But money can also be a very good thing. It can serve good and even holy purposes. Generous giving is even mentioned as one of the spiritual gifts (Romans 12:8). So while money can become a curse, it can also be an incredible blessing. (more…)

Money and the Kingdom

November 22, 2011

“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” This line from today’s gospel reading raises some interesting questions: Are rich people evil, so evil that they have no place in God’s kingdom? Why is Jesus making such a big deal out of money and wealth? Why does he seem to be sticking it to this guy who seems to come to Jesus with a sincere heart and a desire to do the right thing?

This morning’s lectionary reading (Matthew 19:13-22) got me thinking about why Jesus thought that money and possessions were so dangerous. Can a rich person enter the kingdom of God? We know that Christians in the first century worshiped in rich people’s homes. (The wealthy were the only ones who had homes big enough to worship in. Archaeologists have unearthed some of them.) Jesus’ main financial support probably came from rich people, especially rich women. Jesus was buried in a rich man’s tomb. His name was Joseph of Arimathea. (more…)