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 …

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 …

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 …

Guatemalan Reflections: Thinking Theologically about Economic Realities

Why a Mission’s Trip This summer Pastor Jennifer and I were asked to visit one of Victory Church’s missionaries — Gabby Munoz at Living Water Teaching in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Our Ministers in Residence, Mark and Stephenie Shanks journey to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala every Christmas for their shoebox ministry and encouraged us to come. If all goes well we’ll start doing annual church wide mission trips. …

BAM is a Global Phenomenon

Through its Young Leaders Gathering, the Lausanne Movement is promoting business as mission (BAM) in powerful ways. Check out the article through this link YLG BAM. See how the Spirit of God is building international partnerships that can transform churches and their communities. I’m curious how the Spirit is building international bridges in your church, community, ministry???

Your Work Matters

On a cold morning outside Baltimore, I was up early. Before attending some meetings that day, I wanted to take some time to read several periodicals over coffee at a local Starbucks. With an Americano, Wall Street Journal and USA Today in hand, I took a seat in a dimly lit corner around 6AM. The place was still quite empty …