Category: Sociological Resources

Moses, Modern Finance and Poverty (Part 2)

By Klaus Issler; part two of a series. Reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. What implications can be drawn from the Old Testament Torah teaching on lending and interest passages (Exodus 22:25, Leviticus 25:35-36, and Deuteronomy 23:19-20)? The previous article in this series showed how access to loans without interest is an important component of generosity and compassion for the working poor in…

Christian Virtues in the Workplace, Part 2

This article is part two of a three-part diary to demonstrate how an employee can integrate their Christian faith in the workplace, regardless if it is a Christian workplace or not. In this article, we will focus on Spiritual Leadership and the key attributes of altruistic love, faith/hope, inner life, meaningful work, sense of community, and vision. This article will…

Chaplains in the Workplace

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. I was doing research for an organisation I was part of, supporting Christians working in the mining industry. We had received a grant to examine the need for chaplains in the industry. I called Wayne, who was mine manager at a large coalmine in Australia’s Hunter Valley. He was a bit…

Christian Virtues in the Workplace

Throughout my research on how to infuse Christian faith into daily work, I study concepts of servant and spiritual leadership as well as the fruit of the Spirit to examine if these concepts really apply to the workplace, especially a secular workplace. Each time I do a study, I find that they more than relate. They can predict such desired…

Helping that Helps: Six Principles for Poverty Alleviation

By Brian Fikkert; reprinted from Made to Flourish, by permission of The Chalmers Center. At the Chalmers Center, we long to see people who are struggling with material poverty restored to all that God has created them to be as his image-bearers. That’s why we work to equip churches and related ministries to more effectively walk alongside people living in…

Retirement Needs a New Story

By Jeff Haanen, reprinted from Made to Flourish. Anne Bell, a recently-retired researcher at the University of Northern Colorado, spent one of her first years after retirement volunteering with the 5280 Fellowship, a leadership program for young professionals in Denver. Bright and soft-spoken, wearing dark-rimmed glasses that match her innate curiosity, she confessed one day to a group of early…

Pay Attention

Reprinted from Jonathan’s eponymous newsletter. I’ve been thinking a lot about attention. My semester of teaching first-year writing just ended, which means I’ve been mulling over what went wrong during the class. And the things I think most went wrong had to do with attention. (Things went right, too, but I tend to dwell on the negative.) I won’t go into detail,…