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Economics begins in the Sanctuary

By Michael Kloss

Joseph did not interpret pharaoh’s dreams through his own cunning; he was blessed by God with wisdom and judged the scenes in pharaoh’s dream prophetically. There is nothing new under the sun and the Wisdom of God is ours for the asking. It is more precious than gold or silver and given to us as kings to judge this world. We must see through new eyes; eyes given to us by Jesus.

Modern famines in the US are often the result of economic bubbles; artificial wealth followed by hard times. Bubbles are made to burst. The foundation of modern economics is borrowing and borrowing. We must see this for what it is. We must not fall into the get rich or keep rich schemes of the world. Prospecting is no wiser if it is done by men in business suites with masters’ Degrees.  Joseph’s strategy, based on the wisdom he received from heaven, was to save for the lean years during the fat years. Biblical economics is simple and difficult all at once. Read the rest of this entry »

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The States’ Role in Social Services

By Dean Hellekson

We live in a day when there is much debate between the jurisdiction of the Church and the State, especially when it comes to social issues.  Many conservatives would say that social issues are solely the responsibility of the Church, and law and order are the responsibility of the State.  On the other hand, many liberals would say that social, moral, educational, parenting and commercial issues are the responsibility of the State.  But the question here isn’t what conservatives or what liberals think about these jurisdictional responsibilities, but rather what God thinks about them.  And of course, we all like to marshal our opinions on the side of God because it makes our rationale all the more definitive.  But if we are to look at the Scriptures and analyze them in their context, and then ask some questions of our context, it might be that we find ourselves neither conservative, nor liberal, but rather something of a hybrid. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Are you on welfare?

By David Young

In early May 2010, Greece has been almost paralyzed by riots. More than 100,000 people, just a few weeks ago, rioted in the streets to demand better pay, higher employment, and more welfare programs to stave off the current economic depression. Within days, the international bond markets responded to the crisis by increasing the cost of this Greek debt by more than triple overnight. Guaranteeing collapse of the Greek state, should the European Union leaders remain silent.

But is Greece alone in this very real crisis?

Consider Ireland, crushed by a current reported unemployment rate of 20%. Not far behind are the rest of the PIIGS countries, as they are called. In sum, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, and Spain all threatened to break up the Eurozone due to years of massive entitlement programs and spending. The EU did pull together support from Germany, France, the International Monetary Fund, and the U.S. Federal Reserve to collaboratively build a $950 Billion dollar bailout, all in mid-May. This package is only meant to keep the PIIGS from collapsing for three years. After that, the clock is reset for the new governing leaders to deal with. Read the rest of this entry »

 

When God Strips Our Comforts

Written by Crystal Comis

God is generous, more than most of us understand.  He loves to give gifts to His kids, big gifts, and unexpected gifts. Most of these gifts are blessings we do not deserve.  Since He is a good Father, there are many times in our lives He withholds from us, for our good.  He knows that this is not for our immediate joy, but for the joy set before us.  Because God is wise and disciplined, He can bare to hurt us and bring us into great pain. He does this because of His great love for us.  Isaiah 53:10-11 tells us that God was pleased to bruise Christ because of the triumph it would bring.  Knowing that God takes pleasure in our pain is hard to understand.  But God commands us in James 1:2 to find joy in trials. Just as a work of art progresses, we are being perfected and remade.  Just as the Master Sculptor scrapes the clay and molds each defining feature, we must learn to appreciate His work while becoming His work. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2011 in Deep Comedy

 

Biographies


They are born near page one;

quickly collect the bits of providence

that shape and carve from clay; men.

 

I hold their lives in my hands,

turn over the moments that made them,

wishing for myself, so much more

to be like these lives.

 

Read truth, warts and all,

see the secret thoughts of men long dead

I speculate on how and why;

see them in the deep valley of the soul,

then assail the peaks of conquest.

 

I love to sit comfortably in my armchair

and judge

and live, vicariously.

 

But above all,

after the jaunt through history,

I love to sit at the deathbed

of men long asleep in Abraham’s breast

and listen to their last words.

 

And ponder.

And number my days.

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2011 in poetry

 

THE MERITS OF A CHRISTIAN, CLASSICAL EDUCATION

written by David Young

Of no practical use? What does Quintilian’s The Orator’s Education have to do with modern business? How do translating Cicero’s Latin speeches into English assist in landing a good job? Of what practical value are the Plantagenet Chronicles (Hallam, 2000)?

The only constant is change. Consider the pace of modern life. Obviously technology changes extremely fast and many jobs require continuing education. In 2003, computer science was on the verge of a paradigm shift (Zambonelli & D., 2003). The same has happened with ever-changing accounting standards. According to the Cato Institute, corporate accounting is “still evolving after all these years” (Edwards, 2003). As this was written before the subprime mortgage crisis and credit crunch, surely more change is on the horizon. Back in 2002, the nursing industry was “in the throes of revolutionary change” (Van Sell R.N., 2002). With the march of globalization, business management has evolved dramatically (Ball & al., 2008). As the recession continues and the full affects are felt, the banking industry certainly will not remain static. Change is imminent. The question is how to stay on top of all this flux. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2011 in Culture wars

 

Protestant Apologetics

The colors of my homeland fly atop the mainmast

with the black pennant, beneath

signaling no quarter given

 

We’ve taken on fresh water

and a crop of limes

We’re flush with powder and 12 pound shot

 

A sail’s been spotted on the horizon

The order’s been given to chase

The drums chant

 

We’re to our stations

to run out the guns

and watch

the distance to our prize

close rapidly

 

As the boatswain begins a tune

and we all join in

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2011 in poetry