Posts Tagged ‘money’

Charles Piutau – don’t let money and greed overtake who you are.

Monday, October 16th, 2017

“The title instantly jumps out: ‘$EED or GR€€D? The Book Most Pastors Want You to Read!’” writes Nik Simon in the New Zealand Herald. “It sits at the top of former All Black Salesi Tu’ipulotu ‘Charles’ Piutau’s book collection in his Belfast apartment, next to ‘An Intensive Course in Tongan’ and a collection of other Read more

Christianity and the rise of capital

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

Given that he was a member of the famously ascetic Franciscan order with his own reputation for detachment from worldly things, Bernardine of Siena (1380–1444) was remarkably insightful about money. Most people are understandably surprised to learn that some of the important intellectual developments that first enabled finance to become an engine of growth were Read more

Bishop Tamaki outrages with tweet about money

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Destiny Church leader Bishop Brian Tamaki has caused a stir in social media with a tweet referring to both Jesus and money. On March 23, Bishop Tamaki put out the following tweet. “Jesus spoke to a tree/fish/wind/water [a]nd other things … i spoke to a $100 bill early in my life [a]nd said ‘you [a]nd Read more

Warning that environment encyclical will provoke backlash

Friday, June 12th, 2015

A Peruvian archbishop has said Pope Francis must be prepared for strong criticism following publication of his encyclical on the environment. Archbishop Pedro Barreto Jimeno of Huancayo said the encyclical, to be released on June 18, will have many critics. This is because “because they want to continue setting rules of the game in which Read more

On sex and money, Pope Francis sets his course

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

As anyone who paid attention in history class knows, when Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés landed in what’s now Mexico in 1519, he promptly scuttled his ships, thereby leaving his men no choice but to press on in conquest of the Aztec empire. For centuries, that rash act has loomed as an object lesson in total Read more

Leading our children away from celebrity culture

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

This week, Forbes released its annual top celebrities list, The Celebrity 100. Quite simply, the list measures, as Forbes shamelessly puts it, “money and fame”. Calculating the in-crowd includes looking at earnings over the past year, as well as “media and social networking power”. One gets the sense that we are encouraged to idolize these people. Read more

Vatican monsignor on money-smuggling charge

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

The Holy See has said it will co-operate fully with a fraud and corruption investigation into the money-smuggling activities of a senior cleric who headed the office that oversees Vatican property and investments. Monsignor Nunzio Scarano was arrested on a charge of attempting to smuggle €20 million ($NZ33.5 million) into Italy illegally. He was already Read more

Samoa’s Congregational church to set up bank

Friday, June 21st, 2013

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa, (EFFKS), plans to establish a loan firm, then eventually, a commercial bank. According to General Secretary, Reverend Dr Iutisone Salevao, the proposed bank will be funded from the church’s To’omaga Fund, a fund which already exists to provide financial assistance to parishes. “The fund is close to ten million tala at the moment Read more

Some Samoan churches abusing customary gift giving

Friday, June 21st, 2013

A new church in Samoa built for $12 Million and millions were reportedly spent setting up a Christian television service. Where do the churches get the money from in a struggling developing country? A recent survey found 97% of all households reported giving church donations, taking 17.1% of household income, but some families report giving Read more

Brisbane archbishop: No money, no mission

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

The Church isn’t a business but without money there can be no mission, Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane has said in a message to his diocese. Introducing a new approach to archdiocesan fundraising, he said  some of the strategies that worked well in the past no longer work as well as they did. “Therefore, we Read more