Wonder Rush – Go to the Limits of Your Longing


By Evan Koons St. Porphyrios writes “Whoever wants to become a Christian must first become a poet…” There is no better place to start than Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Go to the Limits of your Longing” from Book of Hours. We celebrate the risen Lord, the one who conquers death and restores our priesthood. As we proclaim, “He [Read More...]

Is There Hope for the Workplace?

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By Peter Johnson Bill Dalgetty’s Hope for the Workplace: Christ in You is rich with stories of people in business who are struggling to integrate their faith and work lives. Weaving biblical parables with dozens of real life stories gleaned from his experience as president of Christians in Commerce International, Dalgetty points to universal truths of human conscience. [Read More...]

Bring Back Childhood Chores: How Hard Work Cultivates Character


By Joseph Sunde Today’s parents are obsessed with setting their kids on strategic paths to supposed “success,” pre-planning their days to be filled with language camps, music lessons, advanced courses, competitive sports, chess clubs, museum visits, and so on. Much of this is beneficial, of course, but amidst the bustle, at least one formative experience [Read More...]

The Monk as Merchant: Economic Wisdom from a Desert Hermit


By Dylan Pahman Before Max Weber ever conducted his study of the “Protestant ethic” of hard work and commerce as a matter of one’s election before God, there was the ascetic ethic of the ancient Church. A story from the Sayings of the Desert Fathers illustrates this ascetic business ethic well: A brother said to Abba Pistamon: “What am I [Read More...]

Dietrich Bonhoeffer on the Economy of Love


By Jordan Ballor On August 12, 1943, months after having been arrested by the Gestapo and imprisoned, the Lutheran pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote to his young fiancée Maria von Wedemeyer: When I consider the state of the world, the total obscurity enshrouding our personal destiny, and my present imprisonment, our union—if it wasn’t frivolity, which it certainly [Read More...]

Why An Urban Church Abandoned Traditional Charity

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By Joseph Sunde In the early 2000s, Broadway United Methodist Church had a series of outreach programs, including a food pantry, after-school program, clothing ministry, and a summer youth program that served up to 250 children per day. Today, these programs are completely absent, and it’s no accident. “They’ve been killed off,” writes Robert King in a fascinating profile [Read More...]

How Entrepreneurs Practice Their Faith Through Companies


By Chris Horst Since the Hobby Lobby case, there’s been lots of talk about what makes a corporation “religious,” if anything. Of course, corporations can’t really be religious, but their founders can and are, and they often express their religion in and through their corporations. Religion plays a big role in our country’s enterprises — in [Read More...]

Firstfruits Economics


By Joseph Sunde “Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce.” –Proverbs 3:9 In his latest video, Dan Stevers highlights the importance of giving God our first and our best, focusing mostly on the story of Cain and Abel. “The concept of firstfruits extends to every aspect of our lives,” [Read More...]

Work, the Curse, and Common Grace


By Jordan Ballor That human beings were created to be creators, to work, is undeniable. The anthropological concept of homo faber, man the tool-maker, attests to this basic aspect of what it means to be human. From a Christian perspective, we confess that human beings make things in a way that imitates their Maker. While God [Read More...]

Work Is Personal: Why It’s Never ‘Just Business’


By Heidi Segal Spend half a moment in the workaday world and likely you’ll hear the phrase,”it’s nothing personal, it’s just business.” What does that mean, exactly? Is the marketplace uninhabited by people, disengaged from unique personalities and talents? For some, the phrase carries an esteemed objectivity corresponding to expeditious logic or a lifeless bottom-line. [Read More...]