Thursday, July 10, 2008

Middle Class Life in Uncertain Times

An interesting article by Penny Carothers and Tom Sine of Mustard Seed Associates

Anticipating New Challenges Facing the Middle Class

Bill Stevens has worked very hard to adjust back to life in the US after returning from the war in Iraq. But now Bill and his wife Beth are having an even harder time adjusting to losing their home in the recent mortgage meltdown. CNN reports 112% increase in home foreclosure rates in the first 3 months of 2008.

Despite all the discussion about whether the US is experiencing a recession or is headed for one, Americans are feeling the effects. People in Britain and Australia are beginning to feel the impact of American economic troubles too. It is essential that middle-class Christians realize that following Jesus in uncertain times requires that we both reduce our vulnerability and increase our capability for compassionate response. Let’s look at some of the concerning economic trends that are putting growing pressure on many of our lives

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