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Affluent Christian Investor | April 1, 2020

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AboutMark Horne, Author at Affluent Christian Investor

Mark Horne

Mark Horne

Mark Horne has been studying the intersection of ethics and the economy since high school. He was raised in Liberia, West Africa and Kwajalein, Marshall Islands, as well as on the Atlantic coast of Florida. He graduated from Houghton College in 1989 and from Covenant Theological Seminary in 1998. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America and has pastored churches in Washington state and Oklahoma, as well as serving as an assistant pastor in St. Louis.

Posts By Mark Horne

March 26, 2020 |

Solomon On How To Be A Hero

The way young people are exhorted to “follow their heart,” “dream big,” “reach for the stars,” and other clichés, one could easily get the idea that progress depends on people doing difficult or at least very hard things. People … Read More

March 12, 2020 |

Solomon On “Toxic Masculinity” And “Toxic Femininity”

Solomon mentions a kind of “toxic femininity” pretty early in Proverbs (2:16) but his focus is young men: “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and … Read More

February 5, 2020 |

The Sexual Revolution And The Socialist Revolution Are Linked

Star Parker recently wrote that “Marriage and Family Reduce Crime.” According to Parker,

There’s a general assumption in public policy discourse that economic policy and social policy are separate universes.

When economic policy … Read More

December 9, 2019 |

Our Politics Show The Dark Side Of “Practice Makes Perfect”

When parents have a child take piano lessons, they will attempt to cajole or maybe coerce little John or Jennifer to practice regularly. And they might repeat the mantra “practice makes perfect.”

That saying is meant to encourage practice in … Read More

December 5, 2019 |

Paul: Apostle Of Capitalism

People with means should help those without means. This has not been affirmed by many societies in history. But with the spread of Christianity the idea has taken root that we all have an obligation to help others.

Weirdly, this … Read More

October 7, 2013 |

The Bubble vs. the Baby: How the Student Debt Bubble is Crushing Fertility

Debates over whether or not there is an “education bubble” — including  whether or not student debt is, at this point, a net good or a net bad — have become almost commonplace. We also see a lot of … Read More

August 16, 2013 |

Can Wal-Mart Re-Educate Its Enemies? Perhaps, But Not Likely

Call this a mustard seed, perhaps, but when a politician also happens to own property he needs to develop and lease, he can do the right thing about Wal-Mart. Bloomberg reports:

“Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale says he will be celebrating … Read More

August 1, 2013 |

Is Obama America’s Lax Parent Who Wants Us Comfortable in the Basement?

When babies are born, parents protect them from everything. As children grow up, parents are supposed to help them by lessening their protection and increasingly exposing them to challenges.

Awhile back, I pointed to a phenomenon (mostly in Japan) of … Read More

July 26, 2013 |

Containing The Education Bubble: Is “Differential Tuition” The Answer?

The idea that an Engineer should pay the same for his degree as an English major sounds implausible on its face. It is a relief to see the Wall Street’s Journal Real Times Economics blog call the idea into … Read More

July 23, 2013 |

Learning from Anti-Market Wal-Mart Hatred: Investing in the Invisible Makes More Sense

The city government of Washington DC is about to raise the minimum wage to $12.50 an hour, though the mayor is threatening to veto it. Wal-Mart officials have said they will pull out of three new stores that were to … Read More

July 22, 2013 |

Who Wants To Buy A $20 Happy Meal? More Nonsense About A “Living Wage”

McDonald’s is under fire from a few people in the media for their website design which helps employees use budgeting to get ahead financially. The critics are up in arms that the budget expects employees to work a second job. … Read More

July 15, 2013 |

Tools Before Toys: Thinking About Icahn’s Move On Dell

The news has been filled with stories about how Institutional holder Service sided with Michael S. l rather than with activist investor Carl Icahn (see here and here, for example). I don’t have a real strong opinion on this particular … Read More

July 11, 2013 |

Bloomberg Says Taxpayers Should Bail Out Wealthy Detroit Creditors

The editors of Bloomberg acknowledge Detroit is facing Armageddon:

“In Detroit, a reckoning is near. A recent report from the city’s emergency manager on its deteriorating finances reads like a municipal adaptation of the Book of Revelation… The budget deficit … Read More

July 10, 2013 |

Your Job is Not There to Make You Happy, It’s There to Make You Money

A post from The Street, “Unhappy Workers Cost Us All $550B Each Year,” provides guidance that could lead to, yes, unhappy consequence. At its best, the piece points out it is self-destructive for a supervisor to try to motivate … Read More

July 9, 2013 |

Mexican Prosperity Means “New Worries”? Stop Justifying Envy!

Many Mexicans are finding new levels of prosperity through work and savings and capital improvements. Yet the Washington Post had to report this under this negative headline: With Mexican Auto Manufacturing Boom, New Worries.

“The average pay at his plant, … Read More

July 8, 2013 |

Do Stock Bubbles Cause Zombies?

Japan appears to be suffering from a plague. Suddenly over the past decades many tens of young men and women (perhaps mostly men) have become reclusive hermits. Some reportedly sleep all day and stay out at night. They refuse to … Read More

July 6, 2013 |

Billionaire Obama Supporter Demands Double Minimum Wage On Limousine Liberal Bloomberg’s Web Page

Would you pay more for something than you had to? Nick Hanauer thinks you should. But don’t worry: it’s for your own good.

Hanauer is the founder of a venture capital firm called Second Avenue Partners, and recently published an … Read More

July 5, 2013 |

No, CNBC, Americans Did Not “Follow the Rules”: July 4th Editorial Ignores Booming Debt

CNBC’s story “The State of the American Dream is Uncertain,” reads like a recipe for encouraging people to feel bitter and helpless because a standardized route to success no longer works the way it used to. If we hope to … Read More

July 2, 2013 |

Thefts Have Consequences: Cyprus Banks See Fallout After Levy

ZeroHedge caught my eye with this post reporting that there are economic consequences to legalized bank robbery.

“Another month, another update on the inefficiency of Cypriot capital controls, where following the latest release by the central bank on … Read More

January 29, 2013 |

Obama’s Ransom Note: Tax “Rich” Or I’ll Drop US Over Cliff

Obama says he will veto any legislation that doesn’t include a tax increase on “the rich.” The media will do all they can to pretend that this means the Republicans are the one’s risking the American people. This deserves a few … Read More

January 29, 2013 |

Will the US Be Economically Destroyed by It Own PIIGS?

The election has left a lot of people in shock. Conservatives need to end this time of grief and mourning as soon as possible. The fact is that there was a lot more going on in this last election than … Read More

January 29, 2013 |

GOP Brand Should Be Pro-Market, Anti-Wall-Street

Mitt Romney lost hard. There is no love lost between him and me, but I get tired of seeing people kick a man when he’s down, especially when many of them were such flatterers to him before November 6. But … Read More

January 29, 2013 |

Disguising the Non-Recovery: Why Obama Might Want the Fiscal Cliff

From what I have followed in the news, Obama isn’t acting like someone who wants to avoid “sequestration”—the automatic cuts and tax hikes that many have dubbed “the fiscal cliff.” Instead he acts like someone who thinks he has a … Read More

January 29, 2013 |

The So-Called “Recovery” Looks Fake

The media has continued to pretend that we have passed out of the recession into a “slow recovery.”

But despite the convenient fluke of a better-than-expected jobs report before the election, there never was any real recovery. As it stands … Read More

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