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Affluent Christian Investor | November 21, 2017

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November 20, 2017 |

Don’t Let Socialists Ruin Thanksgiving: Here’s How

The socialist who claims to be an evangelical, Jim Wallis, posted an article in his Sojourners magazine recently encouraging families to debate politics while trying to digest turkey and dressing, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. Here is a portion:

“A … Read More

November 17, 2017 |

Most of What God Has Given You is Not For You

I really enjoy the song, “Home” by Chris Tomlin, because the lyrics speak of the joy waiting for us when we get to heaven:

This world is not what it was meant to be

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November 16, 2017 |

Questions From Christian Managers: Should I Forgive Employee Work Mistakes?

Last month’s article “Thoughts on Biblical Business Management Skills” (found here) elicited several interesting reader comments.  So, to continue the conversation…

Reader comment:  One issue I struggle with is when my employees (who make garments), by mistake, make a … Read More

November 15, 2017 |

Will Turkey Leave NATO?

Turkey’s recent decision to purchase a significant air defense system from Russia was an important and revealing development for a NATO member and American ally.

Defense Analyst Can Kasapoglu, speaking at a Carnegie Europe conference held this past September, reported:

“The S-400 … Read More

November 14, 2017 |

The Jekyll and Hyde Nature of Individualism and What it Means for China

Nobel-prize winning economist Edmund Phelps ties economic growth to the spread of individualism in his forthcoming book. A November 3 Streetwise column by James Mackintosh, “What Martin Luther Says About Capitalism,” summarizes Phelps’ book:

“The more individualistic a country is, … Read More

November 13, 2017 |

The Identity Politics Disintegration

When the Soviet Union broke up the many Americans who supported the regime, or were at least sympathetic to its goals, did not just disappear off the face of the earth. Instead, they burrowed into federal agencies, the arts, and … Read More

November 10, 2017 |

Christian Business and the Ministry of Wealth Creation

Have you ever considered “wealth creation” as a “holy mission”?

I live in the “wealth creation” world. Part of my objective is to help people create and maintain assets that will allow them to live life the way they … Read More

November 9, 2017 |

The Left’s War on Science

  America has generally been an optimistic nation, eager to employ scientific advances to move rapidly ahead. That inherent characteristic is now being challenged.

Campus Reform’s Toni Airaksinen reports that Sara Giordano, a…

“…feminist professor at the University of California-Davis has vowed to … Read More

November 8, 2017 |

How to Use Hard Trends to Predict Tax Reform Before it Comes

You and I are busy making predictions and judgments about the future.

Around this time of year, I am frequently engaged in predicting who will win certain college football games. Many of my friends and I enjoy watching ESPN’s Lee … Read More

November 7, 2017 |

The Silent Winner in Corporate Tax Reform

The latest version of the House of Representatives Tax Reform plan has been released, and it seems to benefit US workers and the economy as a whole.

It also points to a more flattened income tax for individuals. We still need … Read More

November 6, 2017 |

Making Sense of the NFL and the Rights of Business Owners

Everyone from sports analysts to rappers and even the president have weighed in on the issue. Is it really that confusing?

The NFL has been a ratings and revenue powerhouse for quite some time. Sports in general has enjoyed a … Read More

October 31, 2017 |

500 Years Since the Protestant Reformation: New Heart, New Spirit, or New System?

The world observed two great anniversaries in 2017: the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is today, and the 100th anniversary of Russia’s Communist Revolution was on the 7th. The first helped create the modern world the second devastated nations.

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October 31, 2017 |

The Economy of Love

The words love and economy rarely find their ways into the same sentence. Economics has been called the dismal science but people write songs about love. You don’t write songs about economics unless you’re writing a parody.

When most people hear the word economy they think … Read More

October 30, 2017 |

Mutual Aid Societies – Fraternal Organizations in the United States

The concept of fraternal aid was quickly adopted in the American colonies, starting with the Freemasons, which organized a lodge in Boston in 1733 [i] and spread to other coastal cities, according to David Beito in “From Mutual Aid to … Read More

October 25, 2017 |

Mutual Aid Societies – The Friendly Societies in Great Britain

David Green describes the higher virtues to which we should aspire in his 1993 Reinventing Civil Society: The Rediscovery of Welfare Without Politics.

“Good character, honesty, duty, self-sacrifice, honour, service, self-discipline, toleration, respect, justice, self-improvement, trust, civility, fortitude, courage, integrity, diligence, … Read More

October 23, 2017 |

Why Do We Work?

Authored by Hugh Welchel

In a New York Times article in September 1970, Milton Friedman emphatically stated that the purpose of business was to maximize shareholder value. This quote was picked up by business leaders and the media and has … Read More

October 20, 2017 |

How Christian Entrepreneurs Debating With Pastors Created American Economics

In his book Heavenly Merchandize, theologian Mark Valeri shares his insights on a foundational story of America through the men who actually lived and forged it.  It is the story of how America’s economic system unfolds from the interaction between … Read More

October 20, 2017 |

Removing Statues – Money Well Spent?

One of my all-time favorite movie scenes takes place at the end of Schindler’s List. Allow me to set the stage – Oskar Schindler was a German businessman. Pretending he needed Jews to operate his businesses, he spent most of … Read More

October 19, 2017 |

Mutual Aid Societies: The Cooperative Spirit

Democratic-Capitalist societies are often characterized as lands of “rugged individualism” – each person responsible only for himself, boldly standing against the rest of the world, come what may. Such a spirit is romanticized in the image of the lonesome cowboy … Read More

October 11, 2017 |

Freedom is the Imitatio Christi

“The truth shall set you free.” – Jesus Christ

The truth, as Jesus demonstrated, is not conceptual but perceptual. That is, it is embodied, not abstract knowledge. The truth can only be discovered through living life, not through mastering a … Read More

October 10, 2017 |

Bible Seminary and the Marginalization of Christianity

William Carey was an English cobbler. He could not get an admission into Oxford or Cambridge because he was a Baptist. Those state universities were for Anglicans only. So he educated himself in his home and on his workbench.

In … Read More

October 9, 2017 |

Thoughts on Biblical Business Management Skills

The presupposition that this article is based upon is that the Word of God provides the epistemological foundation for all knowledge and actions in every realm of life. The practitioners of every discipline, if they are to seek and … Read More

October 4, 2017 |

Meet Mrs Katharine Luther: The Secret of the West’s Economic Success

Five hundred years ago my country, India, had more wealth than Europe. Then came a dramatic change. Some European countries began to develop faster than the rest of the world.

What happened?

It is tempting to credit the West’s success … Read More

October 3, 2017 |

Beyond Near-Term Worries: What’s the Next Big Thing? And What Can Investors Do About It?

Authored by Bob Doll

While it may sound like a cliché, there is some truth to the idea that we are living in tumultuous times. The current equity bull market was born on March 6, 2009, when the S&P 500 … Read More

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