Are we people of privilege? Jesus himself defines those with the upper hand as the rich, the well-fed, the carefree, and the well-respected. But aren’t those things we strive for—a good bank balance, a good dinner, a good name? Why would Jesus say “Woe to you” about that? Because that privilege can be our prison, locking us away from God and God’s people and even from our own hearts. Our guest, psychologist William Miller, names the four prison walls as greed, anxiety, envy and entitlement, painful symptoms of living outside God’s economy of enough for all. But each of these prison walls has an antidote, a key to the prison door, as Dr. Miller will help us discover during this program. Then Dale Stitt—who has been working for decades with people linking their faith and their money—will share some rich stories of prison breaks, illustrating for us how to live more freely and fully as the people of God.
Dr. William R. Miller
William R. Miller, Ph.D., is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. An ordained Presbyterian elder and deacon, he has been broadly interested in the psychology of change and the interface of spirituality and psychology. He is the original developer of the counseling method of motivational interviewing, and has published over 40 books and 400 articles focusing in particular on the prevention and treatment of addictions.
Dale Stitt has a long history working with money issues. He has organized and led trips of perspective to Haiti, Jamaica, India, Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt, and India. He also works with families and individuals regarding their money issues. Rather than answers, he has a lot of questions – with a desire to help people find their own answers.
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