Capitalism, Socialism, and the Case for Choice-Based Economics by Dennis Peacocke The critiques of capitalism go well back into the nineteenth century. At their core, the best of them are much more about an unequal distribution of wealth than any of the self-evident needs to fine tune the exclusively economic properties of the overall system.
by Dennis Peacocke Most of us recognize that the events of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, have changed things in significant ways even if we are unable to articulate all that we see or sense. It is highly unlikely that either the economy or our so-called “social psyche” will return to normal because “normal” appears to
by Dennis Peacocke Virtually wherever I teach on “marketplace ministries”, I sometime ask in my presentation “Who wants God to get involved in your business?” The vase majority of those present raise their hands expecting me to help them find effective ways to help them further achieve that “divine connection.” To their surprise I not
by Dennis Peacocke Integrity is perhaps our highest and most valuable human commodity. When we possess it, it can open many doors and keep them open. When we’ve lost it or don’t possess it as a known character quality, few people want to associate with us. Even criminals have strong codes by which they measure
by Dennis Peacocke As any competent, professional motivational speaker or personal executive coach knows, the most difficult thing is to find the key in someone that turns an individual from mere mental understanding to actually changing the way they think and behave. The conceptual is indeed Square One. However, many times, Square Two-genuine action- seldom
by Dennis Peacocke Every successful leader of any organization, let alone a successful business, knows that strategic planning is the key. If leaders simply “let things happen” in a fallen world, two things will happen: 1) chaos will “happen” and 2) they won’t be leaders for long. Strategic planning is the applied skill that allows
by Dennis Peacocke Broadly speaking, I am an American “Evangelical,” if by the meaning of this word we denote a Christian who believes in being born of God’s Spirit and who holds both a high view of scripture and an internal need to share our faith in Christ. Unfortunately, “Evangelicalism” in America carries with it,
by Dennis Peacocke In a fallen world, how to achieve biblical and lasting transformation is the only real question for those who aspire to be Christ’s disciples. Put another way, leading people and building organizations God’s way is what all Christian leaders should aspire to do. Once one sees this, studying and walking out God’s
by Dennis Peacocke We Christians are a strange lot. Frequently, we say we believe one thing but live out our lives quite differently. While hypocrisy is one thing, “spiritual blind-spots” are another. Problematic as hypocrisy is, it is not my concern in this article; rather, I am concerned with our “blind spots.” A blind spot
by Dennis Peacocke “Do business until I come…” Luke 19:13 We are now standing at the foundation-laying stage of one of the most significant Christian movements of church history, the advocacy of a Christian values-based economy. How we work with God’s Spirit in helping to lay that foundation will have potentially enormous effects on the
by Dennis Peacocke …since Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed? For I have chosen him, in order that he may command his children And his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice;
by Dennis Peacocke Ultimately, managing our “business” is about managing ourselves, whether or not we actually own or oversee our place of employment. As we have all been told before, true freedom begins in godly self-government. While we cannot control many factors in life and in our external environment, we can control our reactions to
by Dennis Peacocke The current war in Iraq is part of a much, much larger “culture war” not being reported. The fracturing of the international community and the internal divisions it is causing within nations is symptomatic of the deeper war that is really going on. What follows is a brief overview of the three
by Dennis Peacocke Virtually every believer called to the marketplace desires to work in, help manage, or build a business enterprise honoring Christ. Many have called this idea, working with or building a “Christian business.” That, of course, raises the question of exactly what a Christian business is, and if it exists, what does it
by Dennis Peacocke As we all know, the vast majority of adults spend more time working at their jobs in the marketplace than any other social activity. To many, if not most of them, work is “work” – a toilsome tedious necessity that must be done to survive but often carries little of their hearts.
by Dennis Peacocke “You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men.” II Cor. 3:2 The best way to evangelize anyone anywhere is to simply live our faith. Our most effective witness as individuals, a church, or a company is to embody evangelism as a lifestyle rather than a contrived