About Mission:Work

We’re part of the Patheos Faith and Work Channel, which aims to provide you all kinds of resources for bringing your faith and your daily work together–whether you write books, teach children, change diapers, or lay tile. We’re the “channel voice.” You can think of us as signposts, standing on top of the mound of information you run into every day and pointing you towards places we think you should take a second look–great posts on our own channel, articles in the secular media that can be looked at with a “faith slant,” deeper context for news events dealing with faith and work, helpful and faith-full tips on financial matters, books worth reading, and blog posts from around the universe of Christian reflection on faith, work, and economics. And occasionally we’ll feature guest posts from some folks we think are worth listening to. We also have an event calendar of conferences you might want to attend.

What Successful Entrepreneurs and Successful Criminals Have in Common

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. I found this line in a recent John Grisham bestseller.  “Prisons are fascinating places, especially when the inmates are educated white-collar types.” The distance between the criminal and the successful entrepreneur is not so very far.  We both intuitively operate out-of-the-box with [Read More…]

You Don’t Need More Free Time

So says the New York Times in a recent article by Cristobal Young. Do you agree? AMERICANS work some of the longest hours in the Western world, and many struggle to achieve a healthy balance between work and life. As a result, there is an understandable tendency to assume that the problem we face is [Read More…]

Not giving up in Lent

If it’s February, it’s probably Lent. And that doesn’t always mean giving up something, writes an Episcopal priest. Sometimes, dealing with the season’s built-in emotional challenges is enough. This post originally appeared at Faith and Leadership. By Rhonda Mawhood Lee “What are you giving up for Lent?” That’s a common question in the couple of [Read More…]

In praise of ordinary work

Here’s a chapel talk by Chris Armstrong, director of “Opus: The Art of Work” at Wheaton College, talking about how your ordinary work is…well, extraordinary. Enjoy!  (And you’ll find a whole lot more great chapel talks at this link.) [Read more…]

Why Poor People Stay Poor

An article was published recently in Slate about this; it’s an excerpt from Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado.  Her point is that it’s hard to follow the good advice that exists about saving money when you have no money and no safety net. Thought-provoking. Check it out. One time I [Read More…]

Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions

We just ran into this fascinating article at The Atlantic (it’s a couple years old, but it’s been going around Facebook, so that makes it new again, right?) It argues that poverty actually causes changes in the way the brain operates: Science published a landmark study concluding that poverty, itself, hurts our ability to make [Read More…]