Coolidge on 4th of July: ‘The Things of the Spirit Come First’


By Joseph Sunde Each Independence Day, I make a point of re-reading President Calvin Coolidge’s speech given on the 150th anniversary Declaration of Independence, and I’d encourage you to do the same. Coolidge had a deep understanding of American history, and after contemplating what led the founders to write what they wrote, and what inclined Americans to follow their lead, [Read More...]

Living Out Creative Service


By Evan Koons I overheard a story recently at Acton University (a 4-day conference from Acton Institute that offers a smorgasbord of courses, seminars, and chats about economics, philosophy and human dignity…it’s awesome and you should check it out) and I have to share it. It’s about one particular woman’s courage to live a life of creative service, and the [Read More...]

For This Car Wash, Autism is a ‘Key Competitive Advantage’


By Joseph Sunde  “We view autism as one of our key competitive advantages,” says Tom D’Eri of Rising Tide Car Wash in Parkland, Florida, which employs 43 employees, 35 of which are on the autism spectrum. “Our employees follow processes, they’re really excited to be here, [and] they have a great eye for detail.” Hear [Read More...]

Why the Price System is One of God’s Artworks


By Joe Carter At an auction in 2007 Andreas Gursky turned 99 cents into $3.34 million. Well, sort of. Perhaps it’d be more accurate to say he turned 99 Cent II Diptychon, a photograph depicting an interior of a supermarket, into a few million. At the time this was the most expensive photograph in the world: Even more [Read More...]

Have Christian Female Entrepreneurs Changed The World?


By Elise Hilton Christina M. Weber thinks so. She says that Christian women have been trail-blazers in showing us how to balance family life, work and worship. In the 20th century, Weber says that political ideologies tried to break down family life. Marxists and communists promoted disconnection between children and their parents with incompatible work [Read More...]

How an Ex-Convict Learned to Worship Through His Work


By Joseph Sunde Alfonso was looking for a “fast life,” and as a result, he got mixed up in illegal drugs and landed in prison. For many, that kind of thing might signal the beginning of a pattern or slowly define and distort one’s identity or destiny. But for Alfonso, it was a wake-up call. While in prison, he [Read More...]

Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow


By Evan Koons So, while I was out making gratuitous things (there’s this new project I’m working on), Dwight Gibson called. He left me a message about strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow, and what that means in the presence of doubt, fear, and anxiety. Give it a listen. In the meantime, I [Read More...]

Spiritual Competition and the Zero-Sum Game


By Jordan Ballor One of the main criticisms of the market economy leveled by people of faith is that the market thrives on competition, incentivizing the voracious and oppositional features of human existence. Walter Rauschenbusch captured this concern in his classic exposition of what he called “the law of tooth and nail” in Christianizing the Social [Read More...]

Mike Rowe and The ‘Propaganda’ of Work


By Elise Hilton Mike Rowe, the “Dirty Jobs” guy, makes an occasional appearance here on Oikonomia. Why do we like him? Because he appreciates hard work and honest work, just as we do. It’s surprising how many people don’t share that appreciation. On Sunday, Rowe posted, on his Facebook page, a letter he received from a rather unhappy [Read More...]

Love and Economics: From Contract to Cooperation


By Joseph Sunde The subject of contracts is not particularly romantic, which is part of the reason I’d like to talk about contracts—and how we might reach beyond them. In some ways, we’ve come to overly ignore, downplay, or disregard contracts. Across the world, we see grandmaster politicians and planners imposing various “solutions” with the [Read More...]