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|The Church and The Marketplace||
The Church and the Marketplace:
Naming the Reality and the Challenge
An Unhealthy Détente
Over the past 37 years, as several close friends worked faithfully in church and para-church positions, my own journey unfolded in the marketplace. I practiced law, managed a real estate and resource investment company, operated a 3500-acre ranch and currently am leading a medical imaging software start-up. All along the way I have struggled to keep my faith vitally connected to my labors.
I am hardly alone in this: far more saints report every day to work outside the church than inside it. It is true that women and men in all vocations (including priesthood) face the same daily challenge – holding fast to hope in Christ and showing up for work with eyes open, without despair. Yet this common struggle, to approach daily labor with hope though the world groans for salvation, almost always is more difficult for the working laity than it is for their shepherds, for several reasons.
|English||Spirituality and Work, Marketplace Theology|
|New Financial Twists||
New Financial Twists, Same Old Fallen World
Boeing makes cruise missiles, as well as airplanes. Is an investment in its common stock sinful? What about day trading? How much current income should we stash in a retirement account before giving more than a tithe to the church? Are we responsible, in the eyes of God, if the managers of our pension fund invest in unjust enterprises? Is it a trespass to borrow money using multiple credit cards to keep rolling the sum over? What about making money by selling short?
These questions illustrate why thoughtful Christians can feel overwhelmed today by issues concerning investment. Many specific quandaries we face simply weren't present during Christ's life on earth. Still we believe God gives us all the guidance we need to faithfully work through both old and new questions regarding financial stewardship.
Here is a survey of some of that guidance for pilgrims facing new financial twists and turns in the same old fallen world.
|English||Spirituality and Work|