Aaron Devine

Sharing the Material Resources of Home to Embody the Gospel

By Aaron Devine Oct. 21, 2014 9:15 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, Culture, Evangelism, Marriage and Family, Ministry and Leadership, Missions, New Testament, Old Testament, Theology, Historical Theology

I often think about home in a specific way. For a long time, home has been a safe place to come back to at the end of the day. It has been a place to establish a comfortable niche in the world as a respite, a literal financial investment in emotional well being. Home has been about rest and nurture, as it can be a place of ministry to family and friends. It also has been a place to launch out into kingdom ministry more broadly.

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Wealth and Following Jesus

By Aaron Devine Jul. 2, 2014 9:00 a.m. Biblical Exposition, Church Life, New Testament, Spiritual Formation, Theology

A question that naturally surfaces in [the reading of Luke 18:18-27] is whether Jesus considers wealth to be compatible with a life of faithful discipleship. Some interpret this story to say that material things and following Jesus do not mix well. This interpretation is sometimes based on a plain reading of passages like this, but it can also be motivated by material excesses in Christianity that make us uncomfortable. Too much focus on material blessing as a necessary indicator of God’s approval can stifle efforts at legitimate Christian disciplines such as frugality, generosity, and financial sacrifice. As such, divesting material wealth is sometimes seen as a corrective to bad prosperity theology ...

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