March 17th 2013 – Transcript is here
Begins by talking about the amount of stuff that we have (and later the realisation is that the thing that we consume eventually consumes us) and the whole storage industry (and a nice link with the man who built barns because he didn’t have enough room for his stuff).
There is also some meditation on keystone habits – habits that can have a transformative effect on us – like food journalling being one example. The keystone habit of the early Christians was generosity. They were not known for what they believe, but for their generosity. The biggest worry that John Ortberg has about his congregation is not that they have the wrong doctrine, but that they are consumed with the love of money.
We will say things that money is not important, but that is a lie that we tell ourselves. Look at our gameshows, they betray the real things that we value. Nobody has a gameshow called “What wants to have a good character” or “What wants to develop more deep friendships.”
Final points are:
1. Generosity is how I learn the best stuff in life isn’t stuff.
2. Generosity creates radical humility before God
3. Generosity strikes at our keystone sin – the first sin was the sin of consumption
4. Generosity is God’s keystone habit
Finishes with a reverse offering where everyone is given a dollar bill with the legend on it “In God we Trust”