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Profits and Prophets

Scripture: Deuteronomy 4: 1-2, 6-9; James 1: 17-27
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church, Asheville, NC
September 2, 2018

We cannot call ourselves Christian and not engage in our economy with an embodied, active, and engaged commitment to economic justice. Prophets and profits do not have equal status—and we are called to active pursuit of social justice even when it is not in our self-interest.

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