Simple service: Some thoughts for #MaundyThursday


By R. Dale Hale Last Saturday, I was privileged to play a very special role in our church’s observance of Palm weekend.  Saturday, we had an all day event that mimics VBS with crafts, music and a Bible lesson.  The Bible lesson is obviously about Palm Sunday.  I was asked to play the role of [Read More...]

Christianity IS a patent medicine


This post is part of a Patheos-wide symposium on the question “What good is religion?” Read other perspectives here. Few questions are as treacherous as “does religion benefit society?” The true answer is yes, but it’s one of the most dangerous truths you’ll ever come across. And the more socially beneficial a religion is, the [Read More...]

Greed is just another word for fear


Here’s another post in an occasional series about blue-collar work and meaning that we’re running here on MISSION:WORK, this one from a former HVAC contractor. Read the first three posts here: “Does blue-collar work have any meaning?” , “Which is a higher calling: building churches or building fences?”, and “The craftsman and her environment.” By [Read More...]

John Wesley’s messages on work and economics


When we ran our recent series of  posts on work and vocation (linked at the bottom of this post) in Christian history by Faith and Work Channel senior editor and Christian History magazine senior editor Chris Armstrong, we accidentally missed this one. Ooops! Enjoy. If you want to read more of what Wesley had to [Read More...]

Best Practices for Peace in 2015: Fight For Peace


This post is part of a Patheos Public Square on best practices for peace.  Though Rev. Hall speaks mainly of church relationships here, think about how her advice extends into your own workplace. By L. Elaine Hall Many Christian communities are terrible at navigating disagreement and difference. In the name of peace, we have become chronic conflict-avoiders. [Read More...]

Assembling culture

By Christ John Otto, adapted from a mailing to the Belonging House ministry in greater Boston. Has God ever told you that your vision is too small?  I have been working on a book about the most overlooked person in the Bible–Bezalel.  The things that I have learned about this prophet who made the Ark [Read More...]