What happens to an organization when it moves from the "grassroots" phase to becoming a conglomerate? And seemingly overnight? The term "conglomerate" can refer to business or geology. In business, a conglomerate is defined as "a corporation consisting of more than one previously unrelated industries or divisions that is usually the result of a merger … Continue reading The Definition of Extreme Poverty from John Chrysostom
He hated Christianity. He hated Judaism. He even hated the pagan religions. He thought all religion was without merit. The Roman Emperor Julian (emperor from AD 361-363), was also known as "the Apostate" because of his atheism. Despite his disdain for their religious traditions and practices, Julian was impressed with the way both Christians and … Continue reading Mishnah and Peah: What the Jews knew about the poor has been forgotten.
What can we really know about God? And of that which we can know, how can we possibly describe Him within the confines of human language without misrepresenting Him? This was the struggle for the rabbi Moses Maimonides (AD1135-1204) and other proponents of what has come to be known as apophatic, the via negativa, or "negative theology." The … Continue reading Moses Maimonides and the Negative Side of God
The words came straight from the words of President Obama last week: The United States of America is "the greatest country on earth." He made this statement while encouraging all-partisan leaders to work towards a compromise concerning the US debt crisis. Admittedly, even a compromise seems to be a no-win situation for our nation's economic … Continue reading A wake up call to the greatest nation on Earth from Augustine of Hippo
Today (7-27-11), the saintly John R. W. Stott died in London at the age of 90. "Uncle John" was and is one of the most important people to help shape the evangelical landscape in the last 100 years. He has also been called "the most influential clergyman in the Church of England during the twentieth … Continue reading John Stott (1921-2011) lives as a homeless man – a story in memory of his death today