Tag Archives: Materialism

Why So Much Heat About Social Justice? Part 2

In our previous post we discussed the heat in discussions of social justice. Today we want to answer the question, Where does the heat come from? In a word, the heat comes from different sacred belief systems. One’s paradigm of … Continue reading

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Why So Much Heat Around Discussions of Social Justice?

All people of good will, who have a heart of the poor and vulnerable, who are appalled by the corruption and injustice they see, who are aghast at the slaughtering of females on the scale of a holocaust, who grieve … Continue reading

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Why Do They Hate Us?

Anymore, it’s news when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks in public without pledging to destroy the West. In May, at a nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty gathering he made clear reference to the United States in calling for the punishment of any threat … Continue reading

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Practicing Compassion

When God appeared to Moses on Mount Sinai, he passed before him and proclaimed his name (Ex. 34:5-7). What was the first word God used to describe himself? Compassion. Indeed, this quality is at the very center of  his nature. As Marvin … Continue reading

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The Greatness of a Society

Many are familiar with the saying that “The greatness of a society is measured by how well that society cares for the weakest human life.” I find myself reflecting on this regularly during the shifts in our nation.  As I … Continue reading

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An Unbiblical Dualism: The Place of Spiritual Outreach

The following blog is the final installment in a six-part series on worldview and work taken from Darrow Miller’s new book LifeWork: A Biblical Theology for What You Do Every Day. The modern evangelical church, instead of providing a worldview … Continue reading

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Secularism: The Cost of Consumption

The following blog is the second in a six-part series on worldview and work taken from Darrow Miller’s new book, LifeWork: A Biblical Theology for What You Do Every Day. Mother Teresa, visiting the city of New York from her home … Continue reading

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The Protestant Work Ethic

I enjoyed reading “Whatever Happened to the Work Ethic? The financial bust reminds us that free markets require a constellation of moral virtues” by Stephen Malanga.  Darrow talks extensively about the Protestant work ethic that can help impoverished peoples understand … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Reflections: The Pursuit of Happiness (Part 3 of 3)

There is a recurring theme in the Scriptures: “Blessed (happy) is the nation whose God is the Lord.”  Both corporate and individual happiness has little to do with “hap” and everything to do with recognizing God as the center of … Continue reading

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Sabbatical Reflections: The Pursuit of Happiness (Part 2 of 3)

What does the Bible have to say about happiness? How does it use the word happy?  How does the creator of the universe describe the conditions for happiness? In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word asar means happiness or well being. … Continue reading

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