About Chris Armstrong

Dr. Chris Armstrong is a professor of church history, author of Patron Saints for Postmoderns (IVP, 2009) and Medieval Wisdom: An Exploration with C S Lewis (Baker Academic, forthcoming), and founding director of the new Institute for Faith and Vocation at Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. Chris believes the reason Protestant evangelicals find ourselves urgently needing to have a conversation about "integrating faith and work" is that we have divorced our faith from our material and social lives.

What’s the story of your life?

One of the goals of the Patheos Faith & Work Channel is to bring good things to light – good things going on in the faith & work conversation. Here’s one that we got a sneak peek at, at Steve Garber’s Come & See conference in Washington DC this week. Garber’s Washington Institute for Faith, [Read More...]

Come and see Jesus

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So here we are at the “Come and See” conference hosted by Steve Garber’s Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture. And Steve opens up the conference by explaining to us the interesting title of the conference (with words to this effect – I don’t guarantee this is verbatim, though I use quotation marks): “My [Read More...]

More from Tom Nelson at Redeeming Work (Twin Cities): Picturing parishioners in their cubicles

"Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world,from everlasting to everlasting you are God."

Tom Nelson, pastor of metro Kansas City’s Christ Community Church and author of Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work, talked a lot at the Redeeming Work event about the robust theology of everyday work his congregation has tried to cultivate….and you can read about it in my two previous posts on his talk, here and here. But that’s not [Read More...]

“Is this not Joseph’s son, the blue-collar worker?” More from Tom Nelson at Redeeming Work (Twin Cities)

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Tom Nelson, pastor of metro Kansas City’s Christ Community Church and author of Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work, had plenty to tell us as we munched oversize muffins about what’s going on in Genesis 2. And it’s not, he said, what we commonly think of. Tom argued that Genesis 2 is a story about how humans [Read More...]

Tom Nelson at Redeeming Work (Twin Cities): Work is not just what we get paid for

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A highlight of the recent Redeeming Work Twin Cities conference was Tom Nelson, pastor of metro Kansas City’s Christ Community Church and author of Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work. Tom opened by telling a story on himself. At a posh benefit dinner, Tom had successfully avoided “outing himself” as a pastor until [Read More...]

What’s the path to human flourishing? An intriguing suggestion from Andy Crouch

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At Leadership Journal‘s Redeeming Work Twin Cities event yesterday, Andy Crouch winds up his thought-provoking opening talk with a magic (well, how about “providential”) formula for human flourishing through human work. Ready? Authority + Vulnerability = Flourishing More than any other creature, he argues, image bearers (humans) have Authority, and Vulnerability. Authority = capacity for [Read More...]


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