Holy Purchases: What to Do For the Holidays?

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I thought I was done with this series, but then the looming High Holy Days of Consumerism made me realize that this is the time of year that people wrestle the most with the conflict between the faith of consumerism and their faith as Christians. So, I want to try and write something helpful rather […]















Holy Purchases: Practices and Possibilities

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The previous posts have explored the role of purchases in the consumer religion, letting go of the holiness of our purchases and the idolatry of our purchases. Now I want to outline the identity found in God’s economy as an alternative to the consumer identity constructed through our holy purchases. I’ve done a lot of writing here […]















Holy Purchases: Identity and Idolatry

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Read the previous posts about the role of purchases in the consumer religion and letting go of the holiness of our purchases to get more context for this post and this series. This series seems more relevant as we approach the annual High Holy Days of the consumer religion beginning with Black Friday and ending with […]















Losing Faith in Holy Purchases

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In the first post I tried to explore what role purchases have in the consumer religion. They both create meaning and identity for us as consumers and also absolve us from the sins of the market and convey righteousness for us compared to other, less holy shoppers. The problem with our purchases serving these purposes (creating […]















The Church of Holy Purchases

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Fellow Truett alum and preacher extraordinaire, Kyndall, has been tickling my brain lately at her blog. She recently shared about her experience avoiding feeling guilty (and feeling guilty anyway) about whether or not she bought fair trade chocolate for Halloween in a post titled Too Poor to Buy Fair Trade. Go read it first and […]















All My Relations (Leviticus 19 The Original Cut)

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This is one of my favorite chapters in all of Scripture. At first I tried to squeeze this whole chapter into one post, but like the love of God it could not be contained. So, instead I will break this up into two parts. First, I will consider the chapter in its Old Testament context. […]















Blood Cries Out (Leviticus 17)

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Leviticus 17:11 For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. Many people are squeamish about blood in general. The sight of blood makes them nauseous or faint. Some […]















The Sacred Predator Pyramid Scheme

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Another relationship in Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer between Deanna, a forest service worker living in the middle of a preserve, and Eddie, a young man hunting coyotes who becomes her lover, centers on their mutual love of nature but their conflicting perspectives on predators, coyotes in particular. Eddie comes from a family of sheep ranchers […]