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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 »

 

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 »

 

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

 

The Importance of Clothing

Written by Chris Comis

The nature of clothing is more than merely the attempt to cover our unseemly members.  Clothing is not just for the sake of keeping the body at a certain temperature; nor is clothing merely for the purpose of displaying glory and honor. Clothing is an external and bodily manifestation of our inner-most convictions and loves.  In other words, our ultimate need to clothe ourselves is not because we are Homo erectus, but rather because we are Homo adorans.  We worship someone or something and our dress reflects who or what we worship.

Clothing has three primary functions and goals: to give life, to bestow glory, and to impart wisdom. We need to take a little closer look at each of these three primary functions and goals of clothing: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2011 in Culture wars