Category Archives: consumerism

“Bride(zilla)”–A Radical Diagnosis Without Bold Answers

The Bride(zilla) of Christ — what a bold and radical assessment of church by authors Ted Kluck and Ronnie Martin. Here are some of their observations about church as it is usually done in the Western world: “One of my most … Continue reading

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A Bleak (oops, I mean “Black”) Friday Thought . . .

A Bleak (oops I mean Black) Friday Thought: We shop for stuff thinking stuff will satisfy the seeking, striving, and searching of our soul. Sadly, surrounded with stuff upon stuff, our soul still starves!

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6 Lessons from Reason-For-The-Season Sunday

I call the Sunday after Thanksgiving Day the Reason-For-The-Season Sunday.  Here are 6 lessons from Reason-For-The-Season-Sunday 1) There is more to the Holiday Season that shopping, consumerism, and retail sales. The greatest gifts are non-material. 2) Retailers may make their … Continue reading

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Credit Card Reader’s Message

I saw these words on a credit card reader:  “When prompted swipe card.” Perhaps a better message would be:  “When prompted obey Jesus — quench not the Spirit.” Americans and other Westerners are subjected to so many prompts:  compulsions, commercials, … Continue reading

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