money

Serving God as an accountant

I've been talking to my mate Simon who is an accountant who works for a small business. This is the fruit of our conversation. Accountants can serve God full-time if they have a baptised imagination.

Accountancy has had a bad image ever since the Monty Python sketch with John Cleese and Michael Palin who have a 'pop' at accountants… "Dull, dull, dull, dreary, tedious and stuffy". Is this fair?

Nick the Greek: Story about gambling and religion

In the UK, it is estimated that around 350,000 people are suffering from a gambling addiction. It is now easier than ever before to gamble, with a huge number of online betting shops enabling people to gamble 24 hours a day. Every year over 7 billion pounds is spent on gambling.

If a gambling problem is left to fester, debts can spiral out of control and people can become withdrawn, depressed and even suicidal!

Here is a story that can help us discuss this important social issue with young people.

One of my heroes has died!

In Pittsburgh in the 1950s, a black evangelical Christian Robert Lavelle set up a most unusual bank. The Dwelling House Savings and Loan Association would lend money to poor people who are not 'good risks' at the lowest possible rates of interest. This banking philosophy challenges banking orthodoxy which prefers to lend money to rich people at high rates of interest.

Katie Price and Idolatry

A few months ago I was speaking to a group of teachers on a retreat. One of the women present got very cross with me when I dared to suggest that Katie Price (aka Jordan) wasn't a very good role model.

Indeed I would go further than this. Jordan is the living embodiment of a pagan consumerist religion. Listen to what she said recently in an interview with the Daily Telegraph:

Christian bank in Tanzania is good news to the poor

On the southern slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro, a small bank owned by 330 000 members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania's Northern District is improving the lives of poor Christians, while still managing to make a profit!

"When we started, the projections were that we would make profits after three or five years", said Fahanaeli Andrew Kihunrwa, general manager of the Uchumi Commercial Bank Ltd in the town of Moshi. "But in one year and three months we started making profits. So people have been wondering how we did it."