Category Archives: Commercialism

What Makes You Valuable?

The world is loud and clear that what makes you valuable is your ability to help or advance the person assigning value. If you can advance their career, benefit their family, or assist someone in something valuable to them, then you have value. Bottom line – your value is based on my perception of your ability to do something for me. Think about it, which are you more likely to spend $50 on? Are you morel likely to drop $50 on dinner for someone who might hire you or give you a promotion or are you more likely to give $50 to a guy with a cardboard sign standing at a nearby intersection? In both cases we lose $50 but in the first instance it is viewed as worth it because the $50 is more about us than it is about the other person.

God’s economy of worth doesn’t work like that. It is a great concept because there is nothing we can do to make God’s net worth go up. So our value in his eyes is not based on what we can do for him because he already owns everything. I love what Randy Harris says about this, “There is nothing you can do that will make God love you more than he already does.” That is a powerful concept. Whether we have $1 million in the bank or are in debt up to our eyeballs, God still loves us because he does not love us based on our potential to elevate or advance his position in the world.

What makes a person valuable? A person’s value is assigned by the One who has created them with value and the standards of the world can never detract from that. So beautiful or plain, tall or short, skinny or heavy, wealthy or poor…it doesn’t matter. You are valuable to God and that means as Christians…each and every person should be valuable to us as well. I wonder how often and how easily we buy into the world’s standards for what makes a person valuable rather than God’s standard?

Detroit Church Fasts and Prays for a Bailout for Automakers

The Greater Grace Temple in Detroit had a Sunday service devoted to God moving Congress to grant a bailout to the auto industry. With 3 SUV’s on the stage Charles Ellis organized a service to encourage members, many of whom have pensions from the auto industry and to pray that God would work things out.Continue Reading

The Gospel Doesn’t Need Spin

We live in a culture of spin. We saw it in the presidential debating. We also see it in commercials. I saw a commercial today for Progresso Soup that made the claim 7 out of 10 people prefer Progresso Soup over Campbell’s in a national taste test. On the bottom of the screen the fineContinue Reading

Addiction, Blessings, and the Book of Job

One of the best definitions of addiction I have come across is someone who treats objects like people and people like objects. People become something to be used rather than someone to have a relationship with. Objects transform from something to be used to someone to have a relationship with. Funny thing is the wayContinue Reading

Tide to Go and the Talking Stain

This has to be one of the funniest commercials I have ever seen. Thank you Tide to Go and the Talking Stain. You made my day! What kind of awkward or embarrassing interview experiences have you had? When I interviewed at the University of Florida for the doctoral program in clinical and health psychology itContinue Reading

Practical Christian Living – From Consumerism to Contentment

We are experiencing technical difficulties with our email due to a website server switcharoo and so I am posting the content of our next LIFE group lesson here. Feel free to give feedback. Icebreaker: What would have been your favorite thing about living in the Garden of Eden? Last week we talked about sin inContinue Reading

Kingdom Consumerism

In talking about Kingdom Consumerism Philip asks the question, “does the 1st Corinthians passage about unity (“I’m of Apollos, I’m of Cephas, I’m of Paul, I’m of Christ…”) bring anything to bear in addressing this issue? That is, in terms of churches making the statement, “I’m of Rick Warren, I’m of Bill Hybels, I’m ofContinue Reading

Just When You Thought You Owned Everything But a WordPress Hoodie…

After you purchase your new WordPress Hoodie here is something for you to consider…It is a nifty cover for your laptop for those sunny days on the beach. It is called, get this, “Lap Dome.” If I saw someone with that I would have a hard time not laughing. I am really sorry about thatContinue Reading

Losing our Sense of Wonder – John 2

When I read the story of Jesus clearing the temple I often wonder about how all those money changers got in there. Certainly no one walked up one day and said, “I have a great idea…let’s fill this place up so full of merchants that we will forget why we came here in the firstContinue Reading

Catching #756 & Finding Our Value

Barry Bonds hits home run 756 and the man who caught the ball, Matt Murphy, finds value. On the Today Show this morning Matt Lauer made the comment that this would change his life. Why is it that as a culture we find value in everyone else’s accomplishments? I think it was Tony Robbins (yesContinue Reading

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