My Most Grievous Fault: The Moral Problem of Wealth

"How can I make you realize the misery of the poor? How can I make you understand that your wealth comes from their weeping?" - St. Basil the Great."Not to share our own wealth with the poor is theft from the poor and deprivation of their means of life; we do not possess our own wealth, but theirs." - St. John ChrysostomIt is always easier to accuse than to confess. But in reality we're all sinners of one sort or another sitting together in the dock. I have long been, and will continue … [Read more...]

What is the Opposite of a Happy Death?

In a neighboring town I have a wonderful friend Nate who serves as pastor of an Evangelical Free church with a weekly community meal program. The town is a rustbelt artifact, still breathing but just barely. His congregation is mostly young marrieds but many of the soup kitchen regulars are older unemployed men.Thinking of the recent history of this area, Nate and I were discussing what it must feel like to go for ten years, twenty years with no job, no real chance at a job. Nate remarked, … [Read more...]