Money (May/June/July 2009)

Just months after the economic collapse of October 2008, how can the church best address the financial issues faced by the congregation, its people, and the poorest of the poor? This issue responds to questions about changing stewardship practices, ministering to families in debt, promoting economic development in poor neighborhoods, responding when the church is defrauded, and more.

In This Issue

  1. Money — That's What We Want?

    articles Money — That's What We Want?

    The Beatles recorded a popular song called “Money (That's What I Want).” It started out with the old adage “The best things in life are free,” then moved…

  2. Thinking Beyond Ourselves in Hard Times

    articles Thinking Beyond Ourselves in Hard Times

    In a Sojourners review of the book, Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don't Give Away More Money (Oxford, 2008), Duke professor Dana Trent remarks that “most U.S…

  3. Preaching on Money

    articles Preaching on Money

    Walking into the pulpit to ask our congregation to give while assuming that people do not want to give is a bit like a young man beginning his proposal of marriage with the words…

  4. The City of God: Standing Strong When the World Crumbles

    articles The City of God: Standing Strong When the World Crumbles

    It's no secret that for the past several months, Americans have felt immense fear and anxiety when it comes to our economy. Our nation—perhaps even our world—is coming …

  5. Disabling Debt

    articles Disabling Debt

    Consumer debt, credit card debt, disabling medical bills, as well as loss of homes and jobs can create a kind of economic bondage. Many live paycheck to paycheck with no…

  6. Promoting Economic Development: Empowering the Church to Empower the Community

    articles Promoting Economic Development: Empowering the Church to Empower the Community

    Every day when we turn on the news, look on the Internet, or open the newspaper, we are finding discouraging news about our economy. To be more specific, we are seeing an alarming …

  7. Giving in a Paperless Society

    articles Giving in a Paperless Society

    When I was twelve years old, my parents gave me an AM transistor radio for Christmas. I used to fall asleep at night listening to the play by play announcer for the new expansion…

  8. "Why Do We Pay Apportionments, Again?"

    articles "Why Do We Pay Apportionments, Again?"

    It's a common question in United Methodist churches, posed by many a congregant to his or her pastor: “Why do we pay apportionments, again?” Many local congregations…

  9. Wesley on Money

    articles Wesley on Money

    John Wesley's sermon on “The Use of Money” is popular because it takes up a text that has confused and embarrassed the church for centuries, the Parable of the Unjust…

  10. When The Church is The Victim: A Pastoral Response to Financial Indiscretion

    articles When The Church is The Victim: A Pastoral Response to Financial Indiscretion

    She fully intended to pay it all back. “Elizabeth” even tried to keep track of how much she was “borrowing” from the collection plate. Still, the treasurer …