Category: Unsolved Problems

Myths & Truths: Seeking God’s Will

By Lisa Slayton; part four of a series. Reprinted from The Wholeness Journey. Last week 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…

Finding God’s Purpose: Review of An Uncommon Guide to Retirement by Jeff Haanen

Earlier this summer, I joined the launch team for Jeff Haanen’s An Uncommon Guide to Retirement with the goal of getting a review out to you all on this blog as part of the book’s launch. Unfortunately I then broke my nose, which is not a recommended productivity technique – so now I am late to the party. Sorry, Jeff! If you…

Interest on Loans in the Old Testament, Conclusion

By Klaus Issler; part four of a series. Reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. Three main passages in the Torah address the topic of lending and interest: Exodus 22:25: If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor…you shall not exact interest from him. Leviticus 25:35 and 37: If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with…

Myths & Truths: Clarity and Comfort

By Lisa Slayton; part three of a series. Reprinted from The Wholeness Journey. MYTH #2: CLARITY OF CALLING BRINGS EASE AND COMFORT This series was first presented as a talk to college seniors and young 20-somethings. If the #1 Myth is ‘Pursue your Passion’ and ‘Make an Impact’, then Myth # 2 will unpack further why this is problematic  and the implications…

Interest on Loans in the Old Testament, Part 3

By Klaus Issler; part three of a series. Reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. This series wrestles with the question: Does the Old Testament teach that charging interest on a loan is sinful? Deuteronomy 23:19 states: “You shall not charge interest on loans [nāšak II, verb] to your brother, interest [nešek, noun] on money, interest [nešek] on food, interest [nešek] on anything that…