Lessons on Christian Vocation from ‘Chewbacca Mom’

By Joseph Sunde “It doesn’t matter how talented, how anointed, how gifted, how passionate, or how willing you are if you’re not fit to do the things that God has called you to do.” –Candace Payne Candace Payne, now widely known as “Chewbacca Mom,” became an internet sensation thanks to a spontaneous video in which she [Read More…]

Are Christianity and Communism Mutually Exclusive?

By Sarah Stanley Did Pope Francis just publicly endorse Communism? Recent comments have prompted many to suggest he has. During an interview with Eugenio Scalfari, they had the following exchange: [Scalfari:] You told me some time ago that the precept, “Love your neighbour as thyself” had to change, given the dark times that we are going [Read More…]

What Christians Can Learn from Adam Smith’s ‘Paradox of Value’

By Joseph Sunde In a new video from TED Ed, Akshita Agarwal provides a quick lesson on Adam Smith’s “paradox of value” and the differences between “value in use” and “value in exchange.” For Christians, there’s a crucial lesson here about the best way to meet human needs in the economic order, whether through trade policy, reducing price [Read More…]

Technology Seen and Unseen

By Dylan Pahman I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords. Well, not really – mainly because we don’t actually face the threat of Skynet anytime soon. And thankfully neo-Luddites – those who argue for rejecting modern technology – are relatively few these days. Nevertheless, they are not entirely absent, and less extreme but no less [Read More…]

Help People, Not Banks: Reflections on the 2016 Nobel Prize in Economics

By Victor V. Claar The 2016 Nobel Prize in economics was jointly awarded to Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmström on Monday for their shared contributions to our understanding of contract theory. Taken together the work of Hart and Holmström has allowed all of us to understand more clearly what a “good” contract might look like [Read More…]

How Economic Freedom Leads to Human Flourishing

By Joseph Sunde In a special report and symposium for the Washington Times, the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics has organized an array of diverse perspectives on economic freedom, human flourishing, and the church. Authors include familiar Acton voices and partners such as Michael Novak, John Stonestreet, Christopher Brooks, Jay Richards and Ismael Hernandez, as well [Read More…]

The Most Surprising Fact About Poverty in America

By Joe Carter Every year, the U.S. Census comes out with its report on incomes and poverty. And every year the same finding repeatedly surprises me. As economist David Henderson says, the report “always shows that there is mobility between income categories, even in the short run, and that poverty is temporary for most people [Read More…]

Lessons on Work as Service from a Hotel Housekeeper

By Joseph Sunde When it comes to basic definitions of work, I’ve found great comfort in Lester DeKoster’s prescient view of work as “service to others and thus to God” — otherwise construed as “creative service” in For the Life of the World: Letters to the Exiles. Our primary focus should be service to our fellow man [Read More…]

This Mayor Helped the Homeless By Giving Them Jobs

By Joe Carter The scene can be found in almost every major U.S. city: a panhandler stands on a street corner holding a sign saying, “Need a job.” But one U.S. mayor decided to try something different — by taking them up on the offer and give the person a job. One year ago Berry [Read More…]

‘None of This Is Mine’: Alton Brown on Stewardship

By Joseph Sunde In an interview with Eater, celebrity chef Alton Brown was asked how his faith and religion play into his professional life. Brown is a “born-again Christian,” though he finds the term overly redundant. His answer is rather edifying, offering a good example of the type of attitude and orientation we as Christians [Read More…]