Category: Theological Discussions

Myths & Truths: Worth and Identity

By Lisa Slayton; part five of a series. Reprinted from The Wholeness Journey. Myth #4 may be the hardest one of all to tackle. It is the myth that our worth is determined by our accomplishments and performance as well as by the approval of others. We often confuse calling and performance. Are we being productive? Are we delivering results? Are…

Moses, Modern Finance and Poverty

By Klaus Issler; part one of a series. Reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. The question of what the Old Testament has to say about lending money at interest has engaged the attention of Bible scholars for centuries. In a recent series of articles, I presented a case that the three passages in the Torah on lending money at interest (Exodus 22:25, Leviticus 25:35-36 and Deuteronomy…

Working for an Unknown Future

By Robert Martin, reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. Years ago, when I was employed as a marketing analyst, my boss warned against “paralysis by analysis.” He was cautioning against spending so much time analyzing that we never actually made a decision or took any action. This is the idea raised in Ecclesiastes 11:4-5: 4 Whoever watches…

Karam Forum 2020: Justice, Discipleship, Fruitfulness, Kingdom

Adapted from the Oikonomia Network. The schedule is packed at Karam Forum 2020, so register today to attend this catalytic and connecting event! We’ll be meeting January 3-4 in Atlanta to refresh our community of collaboration, and hear from leading voices including Rich Mouw, Charisse Jones, Greg Jones, Rachael and Jacob Denhollander, Jules Martinez and many more – the list of speakers is…

Myths & Truths: Seeking God’s Will

By Lisa Slayton; part four of a series. Reprinted from The Wholeness Journey. Last time we examined Myth #2: that a life of comfort and ease will somehow magically occur once we’ve “figured out our calling.” Tied very closely to this is our broken and reductionistic understanding of “God’s will.” Myth #3: God’s will for me is a job, or house, or…