Disciples and Stewardship: Give Without Expecting Anything Back

"...[T]he Bible's teaching about material possessions is inextricably intertwined with more 'spiritual' matters."  So writes Craig Blomberg in his helpful Bible survey of money, wealth, and possessions: Neither Poverty Nor Riches (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1999).  Specifically thinking of Jesus' teaching and parables about wealth/possessions, it's important to note that stewardship is a big part… Continue reading Disciples and Stewardship: Give Without Expecting Anything Back

Contentment, Prosperity, and God’s Glory

I’m grateful to the folks at Cross Focused Reviews and Reformation Heritage Books for the opportunity to review Jeremiah Burroughs’ Contentment, Prosperity, and God’s Glory for this week’s blog tour.  In case you haven’t heard of him, Burroughs (d. 1646) was a great Puritan preacher-theologian and a member of the Westminster Assembly. He is probably… Continue reading Contentment, Prosperity, and God’s Glory

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)

Chesterton on Riches, Needles, and Camels

  "Only the Christian Church can offer any rational objection to a complete confidence in the rich.  For she has maintained from the beginning that the danger was not in man's environment, but in man.  Further, she has maintained that if we come to talk of a dangerous environment, the most dangerous environment of all… Continue reading Chesterton on Riches, Needles, and Camels