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When the economy is changing rapidly, those at the bottom of society can become disconnected from work. The cultural systems – family, schools, neighborhoods – that equip people with the mindset and social behaviors they need to work successfully are disrupted by economic change. The poor are the most likely to fall through the cracks. [Read more...]

Evangelical entrepreneurship

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The success of the economy depends on everyone – not just a few new-business creators– having an entrepreneurial mindset, or a spirit of entrepreneurship, in all of life. [Read more...]

Spirit and Scripture speak

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Much of what the Bible says about economics is addressed to the agricultural economy of its time. Are we doomed to go without any scriptural guidance for economic systems? [Read more...]

Faith, work, and economics in four evangelical traditions

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Whenever people talk about faith, work, and economics, we speak from perspectives within our various faith traditions. While there are important things evangelicals hold in common – the faith once delivered to the saints, the legacy of the Reformation, etc. – there is also important variety across our communities. [Read more...]

The contested American Dream

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For many affluent and educated Americans, including some Christians, the American Dream is a materialistic desire for not only a job, a family, and a house with a white picket fence, but also a beach house, two SUVS, exotic vacations, big-screen TVs, the latest fashions, $5 lattes, etc. It is easy to see why other Christians oppose this perversion of the American Dream, which simply promotes the acquisition of treasures on earth, and of social privilege, solely for self-glorification. But many of those who still long for the best of the American Dream are the marginal, the poor, the working class – those for whom education, steady work, and home ownership are life-long goals. [Read more...]

Not a “prosperity gospel”

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Churches should not only empower people to do their work well, but should help them to have a broader vision of economic flourishing and how communities can achieve it. As I talk to pastors and seminaries about this idea on behalf of The Kern Family Foundation, I am often asked how this is different from the so-called “prosperity gospel.” [Read more...]

Pastors, seminary students, and economics

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Why do pastors need to know all that much about economics? My friend and writing partner, Austin Hill, tells the story of a conference he attended as a graduate student where the facilitator posed the provocative question, “Can somebody name for me one area of our lives that has nothing to do with economics?” The group was silent for more than a few moments, as many pondered this for the first time. [Read more...]


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