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…]

Do We Simply Want to End Poverty, or Do We Want Humans to Flourish?

By Elise Hilton People of good will wish to end poverty. No one who lives in abject poverty wishes to remain there. We all know that poverty is a problem, but we differ on how to “fix” it. One clear distinction, discussed by Stephanie Summers, is whether we want to end poverty, or whether we [Read More…]

Stewarding Retirement: Why a Christian’s Work Never Ends

By Joseph Sunde As Christians in the modern economy, we face a constant temptation to limit our work and stewardship to the temporal and the material, focusing only on “putting in our 40,” working for the next paycheck, and tucking away enough cash for a cozy retirement. Such priorities have led many to absorb the most [Read More…]

Can Overproduction Ever Be Good Stewardship?

By Tyler Groenendal Overproduction, simply put, is supply in excess of demand. It is the production of more goods and services than those in the market would like to purchase. In a well functioning market economy, overproduction should be temporary. In a dynamic market driven by entrepreneurs, resources become allocated towards their most highly valued uses. If [Read More…]

Spiritual Change in the Great Enrichment

By Joseph Sunde In Dierdre McCloskey’s latest book, Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World, she builds on her ongoing thesis that our newfound prosperity is not due to systems, tools, or materials, but the ideas, virtues, and rhetoric behind them. Much has been made of her argument as it relates to the [Read More…]

The Rise Campaign: Restoring New York City through the Workplace

By Allison Gilbert New York City has been called one of the least religious cities in America. In recent years though, ministries’ based there have felt a resurgence of the gospel movement and seen potential for cultural change. Because of this Tim Keller and his church, Redeemer Presbyterian, have started the Rise campaign. Rise is [Read More…]

Why Religious Liberty Cannot Prosper without Economic Liberty

By Jay Richards In recent years, religious freedom in the United States has been treated by its defenders as a special form of freedom distinct from, say, political or economic freedom. This is not a viable long-term strategy for protecting religious freedom. Both economic and religious freedom tend to exist together in the same societies; [Read More…]

Is God Opposed to Christians Making Lots of Money?

By Joseph Sunde “Being Godly doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to be wealthy. God makes no such guarantees in the Bible, so goodbye, prosperity gospel…[But] God clearly is not opposed to wealth in a kind of blanket way. He’s not even opposed, necessarily, to tremendous wealth, gobstopping amounts of money.” –Owen Strachan In a [Read More…]