Slave or Prodigal

I had an opportunity to attend the Oikonomia Network Karam Forum in March. One of the presenters, Celeste Cranston from Seattle Pacific University, gave an insightful “ted-style” talk on the parable of the two sons. The You Tube version of the video is now available. You should check it out at this link. It provides a wonderful perspective on how …

Cultural Engagement for Economic Change

Jay Moon, Professor of Church Planting and Evangelism at Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, presented a fascinating lecture on cultural engagement at the Karam Forum in March of this year. Use this link to view his presentation: http://oikonomianetwork.org/2017/05/mission-culture-and-economics/. If you have thoughts on this issue, please email me at rwalls@agts.edu. I’d love to hear your stories of how God is …

Faith and Work…”For the Rest of Us”

On a Sunday morning in Silicon Valley I shared a message about God’s work in the world taking place through people who work. The congregants were encouraged as I spoke of the goodness of their work and participation in the economy as pleasing to the Lord. After the service ended, a woman approached me and asked if we could talk …

Numbers are People, Too

I’m sitting in a boardroom a few days ago thinking with my team on how to financially reengineer a large and expensive ministry that we lead. An associate of mine and I determined a course of action that creates a revenue source and serves double the amount of people. In my neoliberal economic way of thinking it was a no brainer. Double the money and double the impact in peoples lives — duh …

Sloth or Sabbath?

I have found that the spirit of sloth has been oppressing me for quite some time. It’s the fear of not doing enough and therefore, not being good enough. It’s interesting how everything in our daily lives can, in some ways, be drawn back to how we view ourselves in light of our life and work. We’re filling every day …

Money…the root of all evil?

Dylan Pahman is a research fellow at Acton Institute. I’ve provided a link below to a recent article he wrote on the nature and necessity of money. Take a look and see what you think. http://Link: http://www.acton.org/pub/religion-liberty/volume-26-number-4/why-money-matters Of course, I would welcome feedback from any/all of you who would like to extend this or any other conversation that we’ve begun …

Darkside of Pastoring Faith, Work & Economics

I’m concerned that so many pastors have joined the leadership cult. I have an (unprovable) sense there’s a lack of deep theological and exegetical skills in order to teach the scripture. (When I’m around pastors they don’t talk about what the Spirit taught them in the text. They talk about business — I mean — I’m game but I’d like to …

Incarnational Leadership for all

I find myself in this unique place in pastoral ministry. I don’t want to lead. Or better said, I don’t want to overstep my bounds. I’m daunted by the temptation to turn church into more a reflection of my personality than the Kingdom of God. Then I acknowledge to some extent any church can, and almost has to be, a …

Soul Flares: Taking Flight vs. Doing Right

As will happen in moments of what my wife and I call “intense fellowship” (aka relational tension; aka the marital spat) I found myself face-to-face with the love of my life, her countenance marred by the furrowed brow of someone asking, “Lord, who is this man you blessed me with?  Why is he so incredibly obtuse?” Her eyes flashed with …

How to be a Christian worker?

The wider framework of our time is to embrace Sabbath at all times. The glorious truth for New Testament believers is that Sabbath is no longer relegated to a physical practice sectioned off into one day, but an eternal reality to be embraced every day. Through Christ we now enter into the eternal rest of a world where all gaps …