#108 God’s Frameworks

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#108 God’s Frameworks God made a complex world. Humans categorize it using frameworks. Frameworks.  That’s what we teach in college level education.  God made a complex world.  Humans try to categorize it so we can understand it better.  In the second session of my Econ class, I give framework assignments to groups of students.  They…

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# 106 Karl Marx and the Devil

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# 106 Karl Marx and the Devil There is no biblical basis whatsoever for socialism, either in the Old Testament or in the New Testament. because socialism is totally at the opposite end of the spectrum from what it means to be a God-fearing person. You’ve probably sensed that there’s something wrong with the entire…

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#105 The Free Market Feeds the Poor

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#105 The Free Market Feeds the Poor Father Robert Sirico has become the Lord Acton of our generation for telling Pope Francis that the free market feeds the poor. How else would there be enough “leftovers” to give away? I am a great admirer of Father Robert Sirico.  He founded the Acton Institute in Grand…

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#104 Does God Want Us to Be Rich

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#104 Does God Want Us to be Rich? God wants us to be rich, but that’s not the same as wanting us to be wealthy. God wants us to obey, which often results in wealth. That question was posed at a men’s Bible study this week.  Good question.  It’s always a good question when we ask,…

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#103 We’re All Agents

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#103  We’re All Agents We all act as agents for someone.  Christians should be agents of God’s calling, creating goods and services that enrich our neighbors.   The First Organizational Structure In Exodus 18:13, we find the first story of organizational structure. It reads: “Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and…

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#102 The Debt Ceiling

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#102 The Debt Ceiling Federal debt is stealing.  It limits freedom.  And, it assumes US Treasury bureaucrats are not fallen.  The debt ceiling provides some protection against governmental excess.  Life is full of grand promises that never come true.  Sweets without calories.  Energy that’s free. A perpetual motion machine.  This week, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen…

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#99 Faith and Freedom

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#99 Faith and Freedom God gives us the freedom to choose or reject HIs offer of salvation. So we assume He wants us to be as free as possible in our economic lives.  Freedom is not free Free is not freedom When I encounter someone who has served in the military, my common expression is…

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#97 Feeling vs Thinking

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#97 Feeling vs Thinking We live in a time of stupidity.  Since we believe “The truth will make you free,” the Christian Economist encourages us to do more thinking and less feeling.   How many times have you asked, “How can people believe such stupid stuff?”  I often remind Ginger that she believes a woman got…

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#96 Tax the Rich

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#96 Tax the Rich The rich already pay a high percentage of income taxes.  Taxing them more will cause them to leave the country.  And, it denies the consumer surplus that was created to earn wealth. The Socialist Alexandria Ocazio Cortez is so famous she is typically referred to as AOC, and everyone knows who…

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#90 Equality or Equity

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#90 Equality or Equity? Christians believe in equality of opportunity, not equity of outcomes.  This comes from our belief about salvation.  The inherent vice of Capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings.  The Inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.  Winston Churchill Here’s the difference between equality and equity.  Equality means equal opportunity. …

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