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  • Work: The Meaning of Your Life

    Where do we find the core of life's meaning?  Right on the job!  At whatever work we do -- with head or hand, from kitchen to executive suite, from your house to the White House. New Foreword by Stephen J. Grabill and Afterword by Greg Forster

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  • Flourishing Churches and Communities: A Pentecostal Primer on Faith, Work, and Economics

    Pentecostal Christianity is just over a century old, and yet its impact in that time as an evangelistic force for Christ has been astonishing. One foundational scriptural understanding of the Pentecostal movement is that the Spirit empowers us to carry out the work of the gospel. Without a dependence on the work of the Spirit, we are mere humans. Learn More
  • Sales, Securities, and Insurance

    This translation is a selection from Lessius’ treatment of contract law in his larger work On Justice and Right. By drawing on diverse sources ranging from Roman and canon law to moral philosophy, Lessius offers practical advice in commercial and financial matters. These chapters on sale, securities, and insurance engage perennial questions concerning the lawfulness of insider trading, the sale of toxic debt, and asymmetric information in insurance markets. Learn More
  • Working for Our Neighbor

    The Protestant Reformation was a catalyst for social mobility, universal education, and the rise of modern market economies. In his classic study The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Max Weber showed the connections between Protestantism and the new economics. Weber, however, focused on the Calvinists and Puritans and speculated that economic success became a way of proving one’s election. He thus posited, with little evidence, a spiritual self-interest that was parallel to economic self-interest, distorting both Protestantism and capitalism. Weber neglected the specifically Lutheran doctrine of vocation, which emphasizes the spiritual and moral value of economic activity. According to Luther, God himself is hidden in vocation, as he providentially works through ordinary human beings to care for his creation. In their work—not only in the economy, but also in family, church, and community—Christians live out their faith in love and service to their neighbors. For Lutherans, the doctrine of vocation is nothing less than the theology of the Christian life. In its social impact, vocation gave a theological basis for the division of labor, social equality, and individual freedom. In this elucidating work, Gene Edward Veith connects vocation to justification, good works, and Christian freedom—defining how the Lutheran contribution to economics can transfigure ordinary life, and work, with the powerful presence of God. Learn More
  • Of the Law of Nature

    This critical edition is the first ever publication of Hale’s Of the Law of Nature, which previously existed only in manuscript form. After discussing and defining law in general, Hale examines the natural law in particular, its discovery and divine origin, and how it relates to both biblical and human laws. Hale’s treatise, which was likely written as part of his personal meditations and was circulated among English lawyers after his death, reveals not only the close relationship between law and theology in his thought, but also the importance of natural law to early modern legal thought. Learn More
  • Opening the Scriptures: Psalms II

    Opening the Scriptures is neither a new series of technical commentaries, nor is it a collection of sermons. Instead it offers devout church members a series of popularly accessible primers so that the average churchgoer can easily grasp them 1. Psalm 59: A Psalm of David for Vengeance, When Saul Almost Murdered Him 2. Psalm 56: David Arrested by the Philistines 3. Psalm 57: When David Sat in the Cave 4. Psalm 34: Praise and Wisdom from the Cave of the Oppressed 5. Psalm 52: After the Mass Murder in the Priestly City of Nob 6. Psalm 74: Weeping for God’s Church 7. Psalm 79:8: Do Not Remember against Us the Iniquities of Former Generations 8. Psalm 88: In the Last Stage of a Fatal Illness 9. Psalm 90: Not a Psalm for New Year’s Eve 10. Psalm 104: How Numerous are Your Works, O Yahweh. You Have Done Them All with Wisdom 11. Psalm 111: I Will Give Thanks to Yahweh! 12. Psalm 119: The Prayer of a Solitary Persecuted Person in a Church World Full of Contempt for God and His Word 13. Psalm 139: O Yahweh, You Have Searched Me and Known Me! 14. Psalms 145–150: The Book of Psalms Ends with Pure Praise Learn More
  • The Mosaic Polity

    This treatise, appearing in English for the first time, engages the perennial question of how the laws of Moses ought to be applied to contemporary political situations. Through clear distinctions and theses, and by drawing on diverse sources ranging from Greek and Roman law to medieval Christian theology, Junius develops a method of classifying and interpreting the Mosaic laws that honors both their particular Jewish context and their universal and perpetual significance. Junius’ Mosaic Polity also reveals the interdisciplinary nature of early modern theology, law, and politics, and the influence of Junius’ treatise and method is evident in such Reformed political luminaries as Johannes Althusius and Abraham Kuyper. Learn More
  • On Exchange

    Originally appearing as an appendix to Azpilcueta's Manual de confesores y penitentes, this commentary on Gregory IX's prohibition of nautical usury goes far beyond the consideration of that famous text by exploring various economic realities, including exchange practices, supply and demand, and the nature of money. In an era of economic development that was increasingly putting pressure on the church's traditional stance against usury and certain kinds of exchange contracts, Azpilcueta, in conversation with traditional church authorities and his contemporaries, argues that many of the trade and exchange practices of his day are licit. Furthermore, his account of the fluctuation of the value of money marks a significant development in early modern economic thought. Learn More
  • On Law and Power

    The Dicaeologicae was an immense Latin work that sought to construct a single comprehensive juridical system by collating the Decalogue, Jewish law, Roman law, and various streams of European customary law. The translated sections comprising On Law and Power address such topics as common law, natural law, private or individual (civil) law, the nature of sovereign public authority, and limitations on public power. Learn More
  • Opening the Scriptures: Matthew

    Opening the Scriptures is neither a new series of technical commentaries, nor is it a collection of sermons. Instead it offers devout church members a series of popularly accessible primers so that the average churchgoer can easily grasp them. The organization of this series follows the four main sectional divisions of Holy Scripture: the Torah, the many prophetic books, the Psalms and wisdom books, and the New Testament. The authors of Opening the Scriptures show throughout that Holy Scripture is from A to Z the Book of God's covenant with his people. Contents 1. Jesus’s Genealogy, Birth, and Early Years (Matt. 1–2) Jesus’s Work in Galilee (Matt. 3–18) 2. Publicly Designated as God’s Son (Matt. 3:1–4:11) 3. Initial Travels in Galilee (Matt. 4:12–25) 4. Explaining the Gospel of the Kingdom (Matt. 5–7) 5. Performing Miracles in Galilee (Matt. 8–9) 6. Sending Out the Twelve Disciples (Matt. 10) 7. Encountering Unbelief and Faith in Israel (Matt. 11–13) 8. Desiring to Withdraw, Yet Exercising Compassion (Matt. 14) 9. Concluding Work in Galilee (Matt. 15–18) Jesus’s Final Appearance in Judea (Matt. 19–25) 10. Traveling to Judea and Jerusalem (Matt. 19–20) 11. Final Preaching in Jerusalem (Matt. 21–25) Closing Scenes (Matt. 26–28) 12. Jesus’s Suffering, Death, and Burial (Matt. 26–27) 13. Jesus’s Resurrection and Return to Galilee (Matt. 28) Learn More
  • The System Has a Soul: Essays on Christianity, Liberty, and Political Life

    What relevance does Christianity have in our societal system? What place does the church have in a system that so often seems to be ordered only by the ultra-complex machinery of state power and corporate strategy? The essays in this volume address these questions by considering the relationship of the church to liberty, government, commerce, and education. These reflections reveal that we cannot allow the system to run according to its own internal logic. Rather, it is important for the church to act as a conscience. The church (and the people in it) should provide a living reminder of the God and of the good that transcends our worldly instrumentalities and principalities. The church is the soul of the system. Learn More

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  • Integrated Justice

    Why write about social justice? Why investigate income inequality? This book discusses the topics of social justice and income inequality within an economic, philosophic, and biblical framework that leads to an understanding of integrated justice. A theme of central importance is that Christians should continue to serve the people of the world both to gain credibility as Christians and to open the door for other aspects of Christian ministry, particularly the ones related to the Great Commission’s call to disciple-making and church-planting. What key insights should the reader look for? First, many evangelical Christians have come lately to the issue of social justice. We are catching up and finding our role in the conversation. Second, while justice is a significant biblical value, it is always surpassed by God’s grace. We must everywhere and always be ministers of grace in order to be good servants of God. If we follow that path, we will pursue integrated justice. Learn More

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