News reports indicate that Chrysler is filing for bankruptcy and Ford’s sales number are even lower than expected. Some economists, however, see signs that the economy is turning around.

My understanding of economic principles is so limited that I must rely on someone else’s expertise. But it doesn’t take a genius to see that many (if not most) Americans feel less secure financially.

What is the silver lining in this dark sky? That is a good question for people of faith to consider.

Churches are acting more like “communities of faith” than before the dollar crunch. Taking care of one another — and those beyond the fold — in times of need is a vital part of being church.

Personal reflection is leading many to realize that we put too much stock in stocks and our self-reliance. Our trust must be built on something more reliable than portfolios.

A few months ago I passed through Phipps Plaza — a trendy mall in Atlanta’s Buckhead community. On display was a eye-catching Bentley Continental GTC convertible.

Its mileage rating was 10 city and 17 highway. It carried a gas guzzler tax of $3,700.

The “suggested retail price” was $222,765 — but I bet you could take it home for closer to 200 grand.

It hard to believe there is — or ever was — a market for a vehicle with such statistics. But then it’s just money. Or is it?

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