Moses, Modern Finance and Poverty

By Klaus Issler; part one of a series. Reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. The question of what the Old Testament has to say about lending money at interest has engaged the attention of Bible scholars for centuries. In a recent series of articles, I presented a case that the three passages in the Torah on lending money at interest (Exodus 22:25, Leviticus 25:35-36 and Deuteronomy…

Working for an Unknown Future

By Robert Martin, reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. Years ago, when I was employed as a marketing analyst, my boss warned against “paralysis by analysis.” He was cautioning against spending so much time analyzing that we never actually made a decision or took any action. This is the idea raised in Ecclesiastes 11:4-5: 4 Whoever watches…

Karam Forum 2020: Justice, Discipleship, Fruitfulness, Kingdom

Adapted from the Oikonomia Network. The schedule is packed at Karam Forum 2020, so register today to attend this catalytic and connecting event! We’ll be meeting January 3-4 in Atlanta to refresh our community of collaboration, and hear from leading voices including Rich Mouw, Charisse Jones, Greg Jones, Rachael and Jacob Denhollander, Jules Martinez and many more – the list of speakers is…

Seminary Spotlight: Fuller Theological Seminary

By Michaela O’Donnell Long, reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. At Fuller Theological Seminary we are grateful for the work of the Oikonomia Network and enthusiastic about our common vision of flourishing as central to theological education. Over the past year we at Fuller have been busy: 1) in the classroom; 2) developing a new platform for theological formation; and 3)…

The High Calling in the Surgical Suite

By David Williamson Entering the surgical suite for the installation of a pacemaker, I thought of – and was grateful for! – the “high calling,” the skill, specialized training and professional recognition of both the surgical team and the hospital. The first person I thought of was the cardiac electrophysiologist, the person to install my pacemaker, in a nationally acclaimed…

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…