The sub-title to this book is: “A cultural history of credit & debt, from Aristotle to AIG.” I was given this book by a friend and I found it quite interesting. I think everyone ought to read something in this field once in a while. Cashill starts off explaining the laws of usury in the Old Testament and ends commending Dave Ramsey, and that’s quite an overview! The book is filled with interesting anecdotes from the Medici in Italy, the Rothchilds in England, the Morgans in America, and a lot about Jewish/Catholic/Protestant points of view. Cashill opposes paying or charging interest if at all possible, thinking it contributes to the historical downfall plaguing all industrial nations. His only New Testament support for such a point of view is Luke 6:35, “Lend, hoping for nothing again.” He admits that expositors are greatly split over whether that even refers to paying interest. Even Luther would say yes; Calvin, no.
Natural DisastersAugust 31, 2017
A number of interesting natural and unnatural things have happened in the last few days. We have seen an amazing solar eclipse which happens only a couple times in most people’s life time. Some people go too far on one side making such an eclipse a biblical sign from God, and others go too far […]
Human Nature, America, and the ChurchApril 29, 2017
America and, therefore, the Christian church are experiencing an upheaval unique to the present age but unlike any phenomenon in recent history. Cultural watchers have described it as post-Christian, post-modern, post-morality, slouching toward Gomorrah, God is dead, and also with Biblical terminology such as the great apostasy, the one-world church, the harlot of Revelation, etc. […]
It’s Time To Start AgainJanuary 2, 2017
Well, it’s time to start again. On January 1st no one writing columns really knows how to say anything new. As a pastor who must preach a fresh sermon every Christmas and Easter and all the other holidays, and has been doing it for most of my life, I can tell you I repeat myself […]