He Left In Sorrow… (Calvin)

The story of the wealthy young ruler is full of deep truths. You can read this story in Matthew 19, Mark 10, and Luke 18. The more you read it, study it, and meditate on it, the more truths you find in it. When I was studying this story as Mark records it I came… Continue reading He Left In Sorrow… (Calvin)

On Tithing/Almsgiving (Augustine)

In one of his sermons on the rich young ruler (Mt. 19:16-24), Augustine had some helpful things to say about wealth and riches. He also brought up Paul’s teaching in 1 Timothy 6:17-19. Here’s part of one of his sermons on the rich young ruler. Note how he answers the question about how much should… Continue reading On Tithing/Almsgiving (Augustine)

Profaning Money

  Kent Hughes’ chapter on materialism and money in Set Apart is a great discussion of Christian stewardship.  In our wealthy Western culture, this is for sure worth thinking about. “Along with this understanding that our money is not our own, we must give it away joyfully.  Theologian Jacques Ellul says that the only way to… Continue reading Profaning Money

On the Parables of Jesus

 I've mentioned this great book on the parables awhile back: Klyne Snodgrass' Stories with Intent.  I was recently studying the parable of the rich fool in Luke 12.13-21.  I used Snodgrass as one of my main resources, and I was once again impressed by this book.  The format is outstanding.  Each parable is discussed in the following… Continue reading On the Parables of Jesus

Do Not Love the World… (Bernard)

Around the year 1129 AD St. Bernard of Clairvaux wrote a letter to Alexander, a bishop who was known for his greed and injustice.  Among other things, Bernard addressed Alexander's greed.  This is worth thinking about today.   He said, "[I exhort you] lovingly not to take the glory of the world seriously as something… Continue reading Do Not Love the World… (Bernard)