Sacrifice and Self-Interest in the Marketplace


By Jordan Ballor One of the complaints often rendered against the market economy is that it encourages selfish behavior. This picture of the marketplace is that of a kind of war of all against all, with each participant out only to maximize his or her own individual benefit. As American social gospel advocate Walter Rauschenbusch [Read More...]

Lived Memory – Part I


By Evan Koons I think I was in kindergarten. It might have been preschool (both classes shared the same room, the same sandbox, same reading and napping cubbies, and the same head lice). I know I wasn’t in first grade (or Grade One for my Canadian friends). First grade, Ms. Knapper’s class, was at the opposite end of the [Read More...]

Whatever We Endeavor, All of It Is His


By Abraham Kuyper The following is an excerpt from Abraham Kuyper’s Rooted and Grounded, reprinted here with permission from Christian’s Library Press. Creation was fashioned by God, fashioned with life that surges and scintillates in its bosom, fashioned with the powers that lie dormant in its womb. Yet, lying there, it displayed but half its [Read More...]

The Wondering Wanderer


The following clip is excerpted from Episode 6: The Economy of Wonder, part of the film series, For the Life of the World: Letters to the Exiles: “Beauty is the word that shall be our first. Beauty is the last thing which the thinking intellect dares to approach, since only it dances as an uncontained splendor around [Read More...]

Restaurant Owner with Down Syndrome Shares His Gift


By Joseph Sunde At 14 years old, Tim Harris dreamed of owning his own restaurant. He was born with Down syndrome, so his parents weren’t quite sure what to think. Yet soon after Tim began his first job as a host at Red Robin, it all started to make sense. “[Customers] were visibly happy to see him [Read More...]

A Price Is a Signal Wrapped in an Incentive to Be Coordinated by God


By Joe Carter When Christians think of the majesty of God’s handiwork we tend to think of the visible aspects of nature. We agree with King David that, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Psalm 19:1). But there are intricate and beautiful aspects of God’s creative genius that [Read More...]

In Praise of Trade Schools


By Anthony Bradley One of the benefits of a Christian theology of work is that it frees parents up to encourage their children to pursue various employment-related vocations that cultivate creation, rather than prod them to waste a life in the unfulfilling pursuit of the American Dream. Our obsession with the American Dream as a [Read More...]

Book Giveaway: Win All 4 Primers on Faith, Work, and Economics!


The Acton Institute has published four tradition-specific primers on faith, work, and economics, including Baptist, Wesleyan, Pentecostal, and Reformed perspectives. Each offers a distinct contribution to the subject, and when taken together provides a rich and coherent framework for Christian stewardship. The books are part of a growing Oikonomia Series. This week, Acton and CLP will be giving away two [Read More...]

The Beauty of Oyster Farming


By Joseph Sunde The oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay has severely dwindled, amounting to less than 1% of historic levels, according to the NOAA. In turn, from a consumer’s perspective, Virginia oysters have been increasingly replaced by other varieties from around the globe. But if Rappahannock Oyster Co. has anything to say about it, the Bay oyster will once [Read More...]

A Parable for the Unemployed


By Jordan Ballor The theme of work recurs and reverberates throughout the Christian scriptures. We see it from the very beginning in Genesis 1, where human beings are created in God’s image and blessed with the call: “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.” The call to work appears again in [Read More...]