“All the church wants is my money!” Have you heard that before? Have you said or wondered that before? So what about it? Does the church talk too much about money? Sure, there are some real shyster preachers with funny ties out there trying to get your cash. But do they represent the Church as a whole? On the other hand, there are countless people in our world who are not only in huge financial debt, but are also actually enslaved to money and possessions and are looking to God for some answers. So it makes one wonder if maybe the Church is actually not talking about money and possessions enough. What we know from the Bible is that God does have a plan for money and the problem may actually have nothing to do with possessions themselves, but rather somewhere deep in our hearts. Where is the balance? Join us tonight at 8p Central as we welcome Lawrence Turner to the show to talk about God and Money. Lawrence is a Christ follower with a background in Banking and presently serves as Vice President and Relationship Manager with Church Developent Fund. Send us questions now of live here or through our Goolge + SND page.
I’ve been reminded by some friends that I’m falling behind in my Kingdomology posts and they’re right. Why the delay? Well it’s partially because I’ve had a ton of irons in the fire. But I have to admit that it’s also because I’ve just been meditating a lot on the present spiritual environment of the American culture since the presidential election last month. The root of my observation is not centered on the victory of Obama over Romney, but rather something deeper. The simple truth is that the American culture we know today is light years away from what the writers of the Mayflower Compact envisioned for this new land. Obviously America still enjoys more religious freedom than most countries on the globe especially when you think of places like China or the Middle East. But the American culture at large appears to be mirroring the Roman Empire of the first century much more than the philosophy of the Pilgrims.
Now I’m not saying that the Pilgrims were perfect nor am I suggesting that we should go back to their religious dress code or imitate their legalism. Indeed they got off track in many areas like we all do. But there was something different in their core nature that is missing today in so many camps. (more…)