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In session three of the Theology of Money course, Alcorn looks deeply at the topic of materialism as taught in scripture. He begins by examining the nature of materialism and then explores the specific dangers of materialism. Materialism in the Church is revealed by the stories of Jesus and the moneychangers in the temple and by the story of Simon, a man who wanted to pay to receive the Spirit, in Acts 8. Finally, Alcorn begins an in depth look at prosperity theology by looking at prosperity in the Old Testament and by looking at Jesus’ teaching on the subject.
Randy Alcorn is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching biblical truth and to reaching people in need by supporting those who help the unreached, unfed, unsupported, unborn, unreconciled, and untrained. Before starting EPM in 1990, Alcorn co-pastored the Good Shepherd Community Church outside Gresham, Oregon for fourteen years. Randy is a best-selling author of over 50 books including Courageous; Heaven; The Treasure Principle; and the Gold Medallion winner for fiction, Safely Home. He resides in Gresham, Oregon with his wife, Nanci, and their Golden Retriever, Maggie. The Alcorns have two married daughters, Karina and Angela, and are the proud grandparents of five grandsons.