I’m only teasing about the title. Slightly. But I’m sure your head goes spinning like mine does when reading any news article related to the European financial crisis dealing with the euro.  And frankly, it’s not that pressing of a topic on my list of things to understand when I have kids to drop off at the bus stop, phone calls to make, and trying to find time to tally my own financial debt created by purchasing Christmas gifts.  Plus, I’d rather enjoy the fine powdered sugar sprinkling of snow sent overnight that I see outside.

But then I perused the latest news and saw once again that Europe has been busy overnight as well. The latest from Bloomberg said that “France sold 7.96 billion euros ($10.2 billion) of debt, with 10-year borrowing costs rising in the country’s first bond auction of the year as credit-rating companies threaten to cut the nation’s AAA grade.”  Does anyone know what that means?  Please translate that, merci!

Final straw.  It was at that point of frustration that I decided to devote only 10 minutes to settling this.  So, I went to the source that is 1,000 miles wide with information and only 1 inch thick in depth with understanding: the internet.

Here are my results and hopefully it well help you in understanding the European financial crises.  The first is from New York Times, and appropriately named, “Translating the European Crisis, in Plain English“. The other, which surprisingly references the New York Times article (I must have been on to something…), is from a Christian perspective prying into the moral and ethical causes of the crises and factors that influenced it.  It’s called, “Productive for the Glory of God, Good of Neighbors“. And of course, Khan Academy, made honorable mention… But, he went beyond my 10 minutes.

In the midst of it all, praise be to God that He who is sovereign over all creation is sovereign over all nations.  May we be good stewards. Now go outside and get those shoes muddy.

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