Theology of Money
This course is not a practicum; it is not about budgets or bookkeeping. It is rather about mammon and the vortex of lying that mammon subtly pulls so many into. Jesus said it plainly: "No one can serve two masters; you cannot serve God and mammon" (Matthew 6:24). This foundational course offers a thoughtful commentary as to why Jesus talked more about the stewardship of money than about faith or prayer. Students will examine their own relationship with money as they learn about currency, trade, and the deep financial structures of the world's economic systems. This course should be mandatory for ministry leaders, board members, and anyone in business who seeks to follow Christ.
Key Questions To Be Explored:
What does it mean to serve mammon?
What inherent dangers inevitably come with incorporating a ministry?
Is it biblically permissible to monetize ministry services or should ministry be offered pro bono?
What does the Bible say about debt?
What wisdom can be found if we think theologically so as to take into account a variety of concerns, not only about the need to escape the love of money, but also about our duty to multiply our talents, generate wealth, and provide for the poor?