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Christmas as Heavenly Economy
Peter J. Leithart, First Things

Since the early centuries of the Church, Christians have thought of giving and receiving gifts as a fitting way to celebrate the Incarnation. The logic is simple: God so loved the world that he gave; so should we.

It’s a Wonderful Country: Pottersville or Bedford Falls?
Carson Holloway, Public Discourse

In the classic Christmas film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the humane society of Bedford Falls is built on conservative principles, not contemporary liberal ones.

The Case of the Vanishing Orphanage
Christ Horst, Values & Capitalism

This type of story can cultivate skepticism, prompting us to pull back. But it doesn’t have to.

Selfishness, Self-Interest, and Significance
Jay W. Richards, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

This March, Greg Smith, an executive director at Goldman Sachs, announced his resignation in the pages of The New York Times. His reasoning: the company’s employees and culture had morphed into a gross entity that sidelines the interests of the client in favor of making a quick buck.

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Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).