Commercial and bureaucratic hindrances collided with an uncontrollable reality: the faith of many players.
At first glance, it is difficult to understand the success of preachers of the prosperity gospel. Here, we present five reasons.
Catholic weddings decreased by 50% and baptisms by more than 30% in the last ten years. The public funding of the Roman Catholic Church increased by 3,4%, despite the generalised budget cuts.
Pastor Joel Osteen's megachurch spent $90 million last year. Only 1.3% was used for mission and evangelistic outreach.
Life’s treasures come from someone who shed his riches for us, someone who does not charge interest if we can’t pay Him back.
“It is still easy to succumb to the powerful marketing and cheap prices of fast fashion”, says Corban Bryant, founder of a fair trade garment company in Nepal.
“For the church, ‘Bitcoin’, like any other payment mechanism, has to be an instrument to distribute justice”, says economist Jorge Saguar.
The World Economic Forum in Davos gathers around 3,000 to tackle the issue of inequality. According to Oxfam, “2017 saw the biggest increase in the number of billionaires in history, one more every two days”.
The cryptocurrency, created in 2009, is used by hundreds of thousands. “It will be part of our daily lives”, the church in Zurich says.
Let’s take a look at a few of the many positive changes which sprang from the Reformation.
We can preach about money after all, the Bible has a lot to say. But it is very awkward to talk about money for preachers.
Our churches should be examples of institutions that serve the common good, that speak out against injustice, and that are led with integrity.
Spanish group Evangelicals in Economy and Business organises conference for business leaders. Meeting regularly with fellow believers is “vitally important”, says experienced businessman Peter Briscoe.
Authors of the study stated that religion is worth $1.2 trillion to the US economy. “Religion provides purpose-driven institutional and economic contributions to society.”
The Association of Evangelicals in Africa encourages local churches in the continent and other Christians to pray and give to the project.