Read the previous installments of our interview with Gloria Nelund, reprinted from Ethix: Defining financial success Helping the middle class Too big to fail? Technology Investments? How does the common sense work in today’s more complex world? How would a bank know that investing in Facebook would be a good idea, for example? I would say investing in technologies is a different thing. Technology investments are completely a venture play. They’re not a commercial-lending play. A small business that has… Read more

This is adapted from a sermon preached at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Hazard, KY on June 28, 2015, on the lessons  2 Samuel 1:1, 17-27; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 8:7-15; Mark 5:21-43. Let me tell you a story. It takes place, or at least some of it does, over 200 years ago, in Pennsylvania, where a young African-American boy named Richard was a slave on a large farm owned by the Pennsylvania attorney general. At the age of seven his… Read more

Here’s another post in an occasional series about blue-collar work and meaning that we’re running here on MISSION:WORK. Read the other posts here: “Does blue-collar work have any meaning?” , “Which is a higher calling: building churches or building fences?”, “The craftsman and her environment,”  “The faith and work conversation we’re NOT having,” “Voices from the fields: baking bread” and “Voices from the fields: shoveling hog poop.” By Jordan Dillon When I was a kid I grew up hearing I’d… Read more

Read the previous installments of our interview with Gloria Nelund, reprinted from Ethix: Defining financial success Helping the middle class Banks and the Economic Crisis What role did banks play in the recent financial crisis? There were many players that bear responsibility, including consumers, government, and financial institutions. Financial institutions were enablers because they lost sight of their historical role in an economy and focused exclusively on short-term profits. For example, in the subprime crisis financial institutions stopped asking the… Read more

By Bill Peel Henry Kaestner is Chairman of Sovereign Capital, an investment firm he co-founded in 2011 that focuses on early growth-stage companies with exceptional growth potential in expanding markets, especially Southeast Asia. Previously he served as CEO of Bandwidth.com, a communications technology company he co-founded with David Morken. Under their leadership, Bandwidth’s revenue grew from $0 to $200 million without acquisition or institutional funding and was the fourth fastest growing privately-held company in the U.S. from 2003 through 2007…. Read more

More of our reports from the recent Acton University conference. Read the first six posts here: The refreshing difference We can’t create heaven on earth “Don’t immanentize the eschaton” Is there really enough to go around? Letting our Jesus Freak flag fly Was Jesus a socialist? By Edwin Woodruff Tait First of all, my friend Brandon Harnish has straightened me out about Austrian economics and “methodological individualism.” He says that Austrian economics is about “if-then” scenarios rather than predicting how… Read more

More of our reports from the recent Acton University conference. Read the first five posts here: The refreshing difference We can’t create heaven on earth “Don’t immanentize the eschaton” Is there really enough to go around? Letting our Jesus Freak flag fly By Edwin Woodruff Tait Acton University, obviously, has a lot to say about economics. All the sessions deal with economic matters in one way or another. I come to these discussions at a disadvantage, because I don’t know… Read more

We’ve made huge strides in the past several years on bringing the topic of work to church. But I’ve noticed an ongoing tension. It’s a tension between what we say about work on Sunday and what we do (or don’t do). On the one hand, talk of “faith & work” and cultural engagement have been popping up across the evangelical landscape. From Lecrae waxing eloquent on the sacred/secular divide at Liberty University to the forthcoming publication of a Faith and Work… Read more

[Read the beginning of our interview, reprinted from Ethix, in yesterday’s post.]   Why did you start TriLinc Global? I wanted to be able to use all of my experience, my contacts, and everything that I’ve developed in my 30-year successful career on Wall Street to do good in the world. That’s the simple answer. The bigger story is, I wanted to use the rest of my life to serve God. I used to always think that in order to… Read more

With this post we inaugurate a partnership with Ethix, a publication of the Center for Integrity in Business in the School of Business and Economics at Seattle Pacific University.  Ethix has conducted many inspiring interviews with business leaders, and we’re excited to start featuring them here from time to time! Gloria Nelund is co-founder, chairman and CEO of TriLinc Global, a social impact investment company that she started in 2008. Prior to this she had a career in the international… Read more

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