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The Liturgy of Abundance; the Myth of Scarcity

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  • Author: Walter Brueggemann is professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Ga.
  • Updated: 08/08/2008
  • Copyright: This article appeared in the Christian Century, March 24-31, l999. Copyright by the Christian Century Foundation and used by permission.

Walter Brueggemann's insights into the biblical story create an opportunity for a major shift in the way stewardship is approached. This article will inspire the reader. It deserves to be shared, read, studied and preached. 

We live under the myth of scarcity. The truth is, God abundantly blesses all creation.

"The creation is infused with the Creator's generosity, and we can find practices, procedures and institutions that allow that generosity to work. Like the rich young man in Mark 10, we all have many possessions. Sharing our abundance may, as Jesus says, be impossible for mortals, but nothing is impossible for God." -- Walter Bruggemann

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