Text: Luke 12:13-21
Last weekend about 20 people gathered at the seminary in Elkhart, Indiana to talk about what the church needs to be talking about over the next decade. One of the questions each of us was asked to speak to was What is the church most afraid to talk about? As we went around the circle, the first five answers went something like this: Affluence, wealth, upsetting the seminary donor base, class, how embedded we are in a capitalist system that goes against so many of our values. Do you sense a theme emerging here?
Marriage therapists often comment that typically the most difficult and contentious topic for couples to talk about is not sex, but money – finances.
Lucky for us, the weekend after it was determined that money is not just difficult for couples to talk about, but also the thing that the church is perhaps most afraid to confront, CMC is having a stewardship Sunday in which we talk about that very thing.
Maybe you’ve heard these numbers before, but they bear repeating. Everence, the stewardship agency of Mennonite Church USA, estimates that in the Hebrew prophets and New Testament teachings, there...