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Economic Wisdom in One Lesson

Reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. The vision of the Economic Wisdom Project is summarized in twelve “elements” that provide starting points for thoughtful, biblically informed understanding of contemporary opportunities and challenges. For a handy guide to the twelve elements, download this one-page summary, taken from our EWP vision paper “A Christian Vision for Flourishing Communities”: Below is an excerpt from the paper “Twelve Elements of Economic…

The Five Causes of Poverty: Demonic Forces

Reprinted from the Chalmers Center. Part five of a series. Adapted from Becoming Whole, 181-182; A Field Guide to Becoming Whole, 135-39. Throughout this series on the five causes of poverty, the underlying connection between them all is the Fall. Because sin entered the world, our stories and practices are twisted by its effects, and both individuals and groups are broken and can…

Church Is Just the Beginning!

By Pam Tinsley, reprinted from Living God’s Mission. “Go in peace, remember the poor, visit the sick, love and forgive one another, and praise the Lord always, Alleluia! Alleluia!” says 101-year-old retired priest Fr. Ed Sterling energetically as he sends the congregation forth at the end of worship. We have been nourished by the Word of God and Eucharistic meal;…

False Stories of Work: My Source of Meaning

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. Part two of a series. So God created mankind in his own image,    in the image of God he created them;    male and female he created them.God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in…

God’s Work and Ours

By David Gill, reprinted from The 313. This question comes up all the time: what kind of work should I do, especially if I want to honor God and be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ? Yes, we should pray for guidance and listen to the counsel of our brothers and sisters. We probably review the academic and study possibilities—and the…

Blessing Those Who Wrong Us

By Charles Hippsley, reprinted from the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.  Romans 12:14  Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a…

There Isn’t Just One Right Leadership Style

By Wilhelmine “Willow” Bellevue, author. Part one of two. In the Bible, Paul says to be all things to all people (I Corinthians 9:22). Believers must “style flex” their leadership style in the marketplace to successfully attain their goals. Even some leadership styles that are often condemned outright by theologians of leadership can in fact be beneficial when used rightly.…

Flourishing as Whole People

Reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. The vision of the Economic Wisdom Project is summarized in twelve “elements” that provide starting points for thoughtful, biblically informed understanding of contemporary opportunities and challenges. For a handy guide to the twelve elements, download this one-page summary, taken from our EWP vision paper “A Christian Vision for Flourishing Communities”: Below is an excerpt from the paper “Twelve Elements of Economic…

The Five Causes of Poverty: Broken Systems

Reprinted from the Chalmers Center. Part four of a series. Adapted from A Field Guide to Becoming Whole, 119-124. In this series, our most recent post focused on addressing individual brokenness – the factors within a person, including personal choices and beliefs, that can contribute to material poverty. But as we’ve been saying throughout the series, there are both internal and external causes of relational…