Is it Okay for Christians to be Rich?

The following is from Shane Claiborne in answer to the question, “Is it Okay for Christians to be Rich?”

Give it a thoughtful and prayerful read, then tell me if you agree or disagree in the comments and why.

In a future post, I will offer my own thoughts on the subject on what Shane says here.

You go first. ;-)

by Shane Claiborne

Asking if it is okay for Christians to be rich is a strange question. It is like asking if it is okay for Christians to overeat, or watch too much TV. It may be permissible, but that doesn’t mean it is a good idea. I believe Jesus came to set us free — and one of the things he wants to set us free from is our obsession with money and possessions. Which is why he says such harsh things like “Woe to you who are rich…” (Luke 6:24). [Continue Reading…]

What You Didn’t Know About C.S. Lewis PLUS The Current Move of God

Okay, so there’s no post today. Not here anyway.

But there are two new posts that you can read elsewhere.

First is my article on Patheos called Shocking Beliefs of C.S. Lewis.

It’s the first installment of a new series I’m writing on the Patheos blog network.

Second is an article I wrote for New Wineskins Magazine in 2008 called The Current Move of God: 8 Characteristics.

It was recently published on another website.

Check out both articles by clicking on the above links. And if you like them, feel free to share the links.

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The Insurgency Began & You Missed It

The 106th podcast episode just released. It’s called “The Insurgency Began and You Missed It” in which I talk about the present Revolution.

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Don’t Confuse Me With the Facts

Christians are funny creatures.

About six months ago, someone sent me a Tweet saying, “I am reading one of your books. I’m half-way through, and I don’t agree with it.”

I responded (in a series of tweets) the following:

Twitter isn’t the place for substantial dialogue. In fact, it’s impossible. Make a comment on my blog and let me know where *specifically* you disagree and why.”

“If I’ve written one word that’s inaccurate or unbiblical, I want to know where & how.”

The person declined and essentially said something that was the equivalent of, “I’ve made up my mind. I don’t want to be proven wrong. Don’t confuse me with the facts.”

[Cough.]

In 2012, I wrote a blog post that went viral. It’s called So You Think You Disagree? 4 Reasons Why You May Not.

The article puts a finger on a profound problem today.

If Christians don’t take the time to dialogue with each other on issues where they think they disagree, they will never find out if the disagreement is real or just perceived.[Continue Reading…]

Is Suicide Unforgivable & Media Spin? I Need Your Help

Following Robin Williams’ tragic death, I wrote a lengthy article called A Jesus Response to Suicide.

The enormous media periodical Opposing Views picked up my article and wrote a full piece quoting me in it.

Now I’d like your help on something.

Read my original article A Jesus Response to Suicide which was published on a newsfeed blog that recasts some of my work.

Then compare it to how Opposing Views portrayed my view of suicide.

Question: Did “Opposing Views” accurately represent my thoughts and feelings about suicide or did they leave out some key points and thus “spin” my take on it to suit their own purposes?

Your feedback would be enormously helpful  here.

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Does the Bible Really Contradict Itself?

“Without the Way, there is no going. Without the Truth, there is no knowing. Without the Life, there is no living.”

~ Thomas à Kempis

In some recent progressive Christian blogs, the authors often argue that the Bible contradicts itself a great deal.

Some of these authors even go as far as to say that the Bible isn’t terribly reliable, and that certain things that God told Israel, for example, were . . . well . . . little fibs. “God really didn’t tell those people that. They had their fingers crossed behind their backs as they penned those claims.” Or so the thinking goes.

I find these sorts of explanations to be unconvincing at best. And they reflect modernistic Enlightenment rationalism (which governs the frontal lobes of those who flat-footedly reject Scripture) at worst.

While I don’t believe the Bible has a journalistic type of accuracy that most fundamentalists ascribe to it, nor do I believe that the Bible is some sort of magic book that will yield an answer to every conceivable question posed to it, I am convinced of the following:[Continue Reading…]

Origin of “Personal Savior” & The Idea of Having a “Personal Relationship” with Christ

What’s to Come:

On Monday, I plan to publish a controversial post called “Does the Bible Really Contradict Itself?”

On Thursday, we plan to publish on the podcast a conference message I delivered called “The Ultimate Issue.”

You don’t want to miss those.

Today, I want to talk about this business of having a “personal Savior” and a “personal relationship” with the Lord. Actually, I’ve already spoken on this subject. Here it is.[Continue Reading…]

What’s Wrong With LEFT BEHIND?

So what’s wrong with Left Behind, the movie?

For starters, it’s based on a doctrine that was invented in the mid-1800s and which is built on an incredibly brittle interpretation of Scripture.

We can trace the doctrine back to John Nelson Darby, D.L. Moody, and C.I. Scofield. I told the story elsewhere:

For D.L. Moody, “the church was a voluntary association of the saved.” So staggering was his influence that by 1874 the church was not seen as a grand corporate body but as a gathering of individuals. This emphasis was picked up by every revivalist who followed him. And it eventually entered into the marrow and bones of evangelical Christianity. It is also worth noting that Moody was heavily influenced by the Plymouth Brethren teaching on the end times. This was the teaching that Christ may return at any second before the great Tribulation. (This teaching is also called “pretribulational dispensationalism.”)[Continue Reading…]

A Word to the Hardcore & An Invitation to Two Special Events

The 104th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast is live.

It’s a word to the “hardcore” – those dead serious about The Deeper Journey – plus a personal invitation to two events we plan to hold in 2015.

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A Jesus Response to Suicide

Recently, I wrote about the issue of suicide from a Christian perspective and made some comments about Robin Williams’ death. The article is called A Jesus Response to Suicide.

You can read it here

Also, I re-recorded the 99th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast. The original recording was poor and the update at the beginning was far too long.

The new recording is far superior and there’s no lengthy update at the beginning.

I regard this episode to be immensely important. If you feel it’s valuable, please share it.

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