Fishing

And if we call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, we should conduct ourselves with fear throughout our life on earth, … More Fishing

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Good News to the Poor Pt. 13: the Morality of Property

but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree,
and no one shall make them afraid,
for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken.
(Micah 4:4 ESV)

Alexander Solzhenitsyn in his essay “As Breathing and Consciousness Return” wisely noted that “In no socialist doctrine, however, are moral demands seen as the essence of socialism–there is merely a promise that morality will fall like manna from heaven after the socialization of property” (12). … More Good News to the Poor Pt. 13: the Morality of Property

Good News to the Poor(#12)–the poor as sacramental subject.

Start at the beginning Previous post Near the heart of understanding why the poor are blessed by the gospel is the simple fact that for the church, the poor are sacramental subjects. What does that mean? In a very simplified sense, sacrament is the stuff of life through which God meets us. Christianity is not … More Good News to the Poor(#12)–the poor as sacramental subject.

Good News to the Poor (#11)–Blessed are the poor

Start at the beginning Previous post I realize that the discussion of socialism and capitalism have taken us far from the starting point of this stream. However, we cannot understand how the poor are blessed and why the gospel is good news to the poor if we do not understand what the prevailing world system of Mammon does … More Good News to the Poor (#11)–Blessed are the poor

Good News to the Poor (#10) — the sinister nature of socialism

Start at the beginning Previous post You may remember that I said early on that the Christian was not simply to ally to the better of evils, that we are not to submit to dualistic thinking. Since then I have begun reading From Under the Rubble, a book of essays edited by Alexander Solzhenitsyn. In … More Good News to the Poor (#10) — the sinister nature of socialism

Good News to the Poor (#9) — Ayn Rand’s Sleight of Hand

Start at the beginning Previous post I can hear you shouting at me now–“the abusive use of government for the sake of big business is not capitalism!” (OK so you don’t actually talk that way, but that is what you are saying.) Ayn Rand and her ilk would be appalled at such a use of … More Good News to the Poor (#9) — Ayn Rand’s Sleight of Hand

Good News to the Poor (#8) — What’s Wrong with Capitalism?

Start at the beginning Previous part To discuss the problem with Capitalism in the context of my argument requires some definition. Because definitions can make for boring reading I turn to the entertaining stylings of G. K. Chesterton to supply mine. I quote at length from The Outline of Sanity: “Capitalism is really a very … More Good News to the Poor (#8) — What’s Wrong with Capitalism?