Posted: 17 Sep 2008 03:56 PM CDT
Justin Taylor interviewed David Kotter about the struggling economy and especially about the events of the last few days. Though I am sure some of his comments could be debated, he gives a simple explanation to what is going on. His final word on the matter is the most helpful:
For believers, this is just one more reason to "not love the world or the things in the world" which is "passing away along with its desires" (1 John 2:15, 16). In Louisville we have been without electricity since Sunday, and it makes me increasingly grateful that our God is independent and powerful enough to accomplish his good will every moment. Lighting candles each night reminds me that I am not!
Although it will be harder to obtain aggressive mortgages, Christians who are practicing prudent financial stewardship (modest houses, large down payments, monthly payments easily within their means, diligent participation in the work force) should not have much problem. Everyone will want to verify that their savings account is government insured, but believers with a generous "wartime mindset" should have no trouble keeping their bank accounts under $100,000 FDIC limit. Above all, don’t be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor what you will wear. Remember that journalists, markets, and lemmings tend to move in herds. The media never reports on thousands of planes that land safely, but solely focuses on one that doesn’t. In that light, if you are saving for retirement more than 10 years from now, this actually would be a good time to invest in the stock market. But don’t let your IRA be a substitute god or distract you from treasuring Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:24-34).
Read the whole thing.
Posted: 14 Sep 2008 06:58 AM CDT
(Author: John Piper)
Taken from the August/September Ministry Opportunities booklet from Bethlehem Baptist Church, here is a taste of what globalization means for us:
In 2002, the Brookings Institute named the Twin Cities one of the top 10 "Gateway Cities" for new immigrants and refugees; in 2004, Minnesota was the #3 state for the same (and #1 per capita).
According to Dr. John Mayer, director of CityVision, Minneapolis/St. Paul is now home to the largest Somali and Hmong populations in the U.S., as well as the largest Chinese student population (University of Minnesota). The Phillips neighborhood, home to Bethlehem’s Downtown Campus, is the most diverse neighborhood in the country, with more than 100 different languages.
Did you know . . .
- the light rail system sells tickets in four different languages?
- Nicollet Avenue’s "Eat Street" has 75 ethnic restaurants in a six-block area?
- Maple Grove is home to the largest Hindu temple in North America?…
"The Great Commission is now in reverse," says Mayer. "People are coming here from all over the world."
Posted: 08 Sep 2008 03:06 AM CDT
(Author: John Piper)
It is a good thing that people from all ideologies are talking about the horrors of human trafficking. Don’t let the "trendiness" of it dampen your indignation. If a liberal champions a good cause woe to conservatives who put their head in the sand.
Doug Nichols has been on the cutting edge of caring for street children since before some of you were born. He is one of my heroes. As Founder of Action International, Doug draws my attention to child slavery in Haiti. The children are called restavéks (stay-withs).
He writes: "Let me share a few paragraphs from the recent book A Crime So Monstrous, by Benjamin Skinner: