Income inequality and religion

This is my third response to my own challenge to apply the ‘Honey and Thistles’ approach to finance and economics. In 2013, celebrated French economist, Thomas Piketty, published his best-selling book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Pikketty argues that if the rate of return on capital is greater than the rate of economic growth over the long term,  wealth concentrates and this unequal distribution of wealth causes social and economic instability. He goes on to contend that the Read more [...]

Money and power

This is my second response to my own challenge to apply the ‘Honey and Thistles’ approach more widely, in this case to finance and economics and offers some biblical reflections on the relationship between money and power. “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). Paul’s immediate concern here was with certain members of the Thessalonian church who were idling about, mere dossers, interfering with other people’s affairs and living off the earnings Read more [...]

Jesus and money

This is the first of several responses to my own challenge to apply the 'Honey and Thistles' approach more widely, in this case to finance and economics. It is often said that Jesus spoke more about money and economics than He did about church! Most of His parables concerned money, farming, business or debt. Many of His miracles were ‘economic miracles’. And, a good part of his teaching addressed our relationship with money, wealth and material possessions. So, as good a starting point as Read more [...]

EU! In or out?

Perhaps I should begin by saying that I write as one of those who has been told that they are unlikely to receive their BPS payment before the end of January 2016! However, since I have no idea whether the reasons for this are to be found in Brussels or London I do not think I will let it influence what follows! This is a mixture of the practical, the narrowly political and the moral: a difficult mix for Christian discernment. As the NFU has pointed out in its paper 'UK Farming's relationship Read more [...]