Ssh we don’t talk about money

So the other day I got one of those awkward English messages. If it had been a verbal conversation it would have begun with a nervous cough and a glance at the floor. The person was a facebook group moderator and it had been drawn to his attention by some of the group members thatContinue reading “Ssh we don’t talk about money”

Stop worshipping at the foot of the magic money tree

It’s the 2017 General Election, the Tories had gone into the campaign, fully expecting a landslide victory but had then proceeded to self destruct whilst Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign had too off with the promise of investment and handouts. Central to the Labour campaign was the commitment to abolish student fees. Then you may remember thatContinue reading “Stop worshipping at the foot of the magic money tree”

So should we talk about money in church?

There are all sorts of reasons why, as a pastor of a church in urban Britain I feel uncomfortable talking about money and particularly about giving. These include It’s just not the done thing in polite circles! To an English man, talking about money is like talking about politics and religion.   I can’t avoid oneContinue reading “So should we talk about money in church?”

Does the Bible talk about money more than it talks about love, heaven and hell?

The short answer is “No.”  If it did, then you would notice it as a recurring theme when you are part of a church where expository preaching is practiced.  You would either notice that the preacher kept, accurately and transparently showing how the text applied to your wallet, or you would wonder why the preacherContinue reading “Does the Bible talk about money more than it talks about love, heaven and hell?”

The Prosperity Problem

We know there’s something bad out there called “The Prosperity Gospel.” We know it’s bad because most preachers and pastors will quickly tell us that it’s wrong and that they don’t teach it. However, I’m not sure that we quite grasp exactly what the problem is. The risk then is that we can end upContinue reading “The Prosperity Problem”