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Affluent Investor | April 29, 2017

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April 28, 2017 |

Brick and Mortar Retail is Falling Down

Brick and mortar retail is dying according to many reports. Here’s an example:

American retailers are closing stores at the fastest pace ever.

Roughly 10% of mall retail space – or 1 billion square feet – is on the … Read More

April 27, 2017 |

The Budget Mistakes That Endanger America

Two dangerously mistaken assumptions have guided American defense planning since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The first, made by successive administrations, was that there would no longer be a substantial military threat following the end of the USSR, … Read More

April 27, 2017 |

Trump Tax Cut is a Big Break For Anyone Making a Living, Not Just For Business

The reduction in tax revenue can only lead to increases in payments to (1) individuals—wages, salaries, bonuses; (2) dividends or stock repurchases from shareholders; these lead to greater revenues from individual income taxes offsetting in part the Treasury revenue lost … Read More

April 27, 2017 |

The Biblical Truth About Retirement

Retirement provision is something that confuses many Christians.The “rules” about retirement have changed over the years and many Americans are realizing they didn’t save enough to maintain the lifestyle they pictured.

Almost a quarter of all retirees are worried … Read More

April 27, 2017 |

The Coming Nonprofit Leadership Void

In December 2016, the Slingshot Group published a whitepaper called Who’s Leading Next?  The paper addresses the fact that in the nonprofit world that many top level leadership positions are held by the Boomer generation.

On the other hand, there are 10,000 … Read More

April 26, 2017 |

None Dare Call It Genocide

I heard Glenn Beck this morning describe a new movie, The Promise, and at his encouragement saw it tonight. It was a good movie but also difficult. It tells a remarkable story set in a historically accurate background. As … Read More

April 25, 2017 |

Don’t Gloat Over Bill O’Reilly

On Friday, April 21st, we marked the five year remembrance of the passing of Chuck Colson. His was a remarkable life. After ascending to the heights of power while serving Richard Nixon in his White House years, Chuck’s world came … Read More

April 25, 2017 |

Trump Restores and Expands NASA’s Key Missions

President Trump’s signing of the NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017, the first comprehensive NASA authorization passed by Congress in more than six years, indicates again the White House emphasis on manned space flight, including a return to the … Read More

April 25, 2017 |

What Arnold Toynbee Taught McDonalds; Is the Church Listening

Arnold Toynbee wrote his magisterial twelve volumes A Study of History beginning on a train ride through Thrace (Macedonia) arriving at Istanbul.  This was long before the beginning of the First World War, a time of sound money, where the … Read More

April 25, 2017 |

Transcendent Principles

Words have meaning. Have you thought about transcendent principles lately? Are you rightly applying them? How about the Law of Non-Contradiction? It too is a principle. The law of non-contradiction states that two things cannot be both true and … Read More

April 25, 2017 |

What is Your Most Precious Possession? Would You Be Willing to Give it Away?

Three books of the Gospel record an event that demonstrated such love and sacrifice, that Judas, the disciple in charge of the moneybag, questioned the action.

Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, broke an alabaster jar of nard, poured … Read More

April 24, 2017 |

Trump, Clinton, Chavez: How Authoritarian Leaders Exploit Fake Vulnerability

In my recent interview with Andy Crouch, author of Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing, we discussed ways in which authoritarian leaders feign vulnerability. Crouch’s framework for understanding leaders relies on four quadrants which … Read More

April 24, 2017 |

Revolt Against Elites

The assertion of individual rights doesn’t have a particularly lengthy record in a history mainly filled with monarchs, dictators, oligarchs, and other elites. The age of gilded kings, queens, emperors and empresses isn’t as dead as it seems; only … Read More

April 24, 2017 |

The Cross: The Power of Love

The Jews hated the Romans. It is natural to hate terrorists who derive their legitimacy from their sword but are not elected by a free people because of their wisdom and record of public service. It takes supernatural strength to … Read More

April 24, 2017 |

Blood Libels in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Recently the US

With Passover and “fake news” in the news, consider the “blood libels” that Jews and other groups have long been subjected to. The accusations against Jews first appeared during the 12th century AD. They spread during the 13th and … Read More

April 24, 2017 |

Hope Does Not Reside In The Empty Tomb

“The only place where I know God reveals Himself absolutely, definitely, beyond a shadow of a doubt is in the resurrection of Christ. The God of the universe put his hand into human history and said, “I’m here!” If … Read More

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