Dr. Bill Kirkemo, pastor and Financial Literacy Advisor at the NTS Center for Pastoral Leadership, has written a series of Stewardship sermons. We offer them here as a vital resource to our pastors who want to speak with clarity about why money matters.
Dr. Bill Kirkemo, Financial Literacy Advisor at the NTS CPL, recently spoke on campus about how to avoid debt. Below is the first in a series of three blogs addressing this thorny issue.
From his column It's Your Money Chart of naz pastors age distributions I did not know him well, but after being a peer in seminary classes I knew enough of his story to be intrigued. He came to the city from a rural area. He was a farmer before attending seminary. He would return to his farm afterward to continue plowing, seeding, and harvesting.
One of the primary teaching methods of Jesus was the use of parables, an earthly story for the purpose of uncovering a deeper spiritual meaning. The oral tradition of first century Judaism was the means by which people heard and remembered truths communicated by Jesus concerning the Kingdom of God.
In recent years, the idea of simple living has come into prominence. Since the market crash of 2008, people don’t buy and sell goods like they used to and spending habits are quite different. After their houses were foreclosed on and they lost their jobs, people found that the American ideal of always chasing “the next best thing” (the bigger, stronger, faster, etc.) may no longer work. Folks began to realize that perhaps some lifestyle adjustments were needed, and indeed, wanted and they began to spend less.
When a pastor visits a parishioner in the hospital, details about bodily functions often become part of the conversation. I will never forget the visit with a man who showed me diagrams and tubes as he described in great detail how he catheterized himself. Similarly, when a pastor shares a meal with a couple who just started attending worship services, getting to know them may include the revelation of a life altering event, such as the tragic death of a child.