A Christian Perspective on the Financial Crisis

Great new today on the bounce back in the stock market.  Good to finally hear some good news.

A Christian Perspective on the Financial Crisis
The best article I have read explaining the financial crisis of our country that lead to the $700 Billion governement bail out is by a Christian writer named Michael Craven.    For an excellent Christian perspective, check out the article The Financial Crisis: Lessons on the virtue of thrift.  I was particularly taken by this observation from Michael’s Article:

Instead of institutions committed to the principles of thrift, the market is now flooded with predatory institutions and parasites who prey on the naïve, desperate, and irresponsible, such as “subprime credit card issuers, mortgage brokers, rent-to-own merchants, payday lenders, auto title lenders, tax refund lenders, private student-loan companies, franchise tax preparers, check cashing outlets and the state lottery” (Ibid.). God, who has compassion on the poor, calls this “oppression” and describes it as an “abomination” (see Ezek. 18:13).

Like everything in life this comes back around to a spiritual issue.    This is a time we all need to take a fresh look at how we live.

A New Family Picture / Weekend Recap

I enjoyed our service on Sunday, though it is always a little strange when my three children didn’t greet me before service like they customarily do.  They are with Beth, visiting there grandmother in Kentucky.  This is the latest picture of them that was taken while on their trip.  I love this picture.   I am blessed!

I enjoyed a pick up game of football with the men of Indian Lake after church.  No hamstring pull!  Yea!

I then had a nice time with the Young Adult group at my house.   I am discovering that this is an important part of my call I cannot shake – investing in the life of young people.

Over the last few years, I have averaged about two out of town trips a month for various reasons.  I just realized that I have not left town (with the exception of the Staff Retreat for one night) for over three months.   This may be a record for me, but I am not complaining!

Another Scripture I believe is for God’s people during this season – Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared. Proverbs 3:25-26