Justice in #Ferguson

(Originally published in September 2014 at the KPN Resources blog.) I recently was asked a truly startling question while giving a talk on the church and economics. It was a question that shows how some efforts to speak out for justice can actually undermine justice. If we misidentify the source of injustice, we will not [Read More...]

Economic wisdom in 12 bullet points

By Drew Cleveland. Originally posted at the Kern Pastors Network Resources blog. People love lists!  We naturally categorize, organize, and label to cultivate order out of chaos. Even those who are disorganized find value in organization. This is one of the Creator’s strongest imprints on us. Perhaps more telling than we realize is one of [Read More...]

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FORUM: Equipping the local church

The Patheos Faith and Work Channel recently contacted leaders of some prominent community development and entrepreneurial organizations to talk about  successes and difficulties in their attempts to transform communities through the growth of new businesses and attention to the dignity of work. Over the next few days, just in time for Thanksgiving, MISSION:WORK will be [Read More...]

A “Theology of Work” in 12 bullet points

By Drew Cleveland. Originally posted at the Kern Pastors Network Resources blog. This pastors network is “dedicated to growing the numbers and influence of pastors and churches that are actively integrating faith, work, and economics for ministry that produces human flourishing“. The “theology of work movement” has produced a wide range of excellent resources to [Read More...]

Change the equation

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By Kyle Bushre, originally posted at Kern Pastors Network Resources blog Here’s a little cultural word math that appears to be axiomatic in today’s young, Christian marketplace of ideas: Non-profit = God-honoring, Profit = Self-honoring. The logic runs something like this: God has called us to do great things for him, and the way to [Read More...]

Forcing people to seek happiness in the wrong places

By Jake Belder; originally posted on his blog. Dorothy Sayers, in her essay, ‘Why Work?’, is highly critical of economies that are based solely on production and consumption, and in particular, how they negatively affect our conception of work. Writing from the viewpoint of wartime Britain, she observes that reckless consumption has so thoroughly devalued [Read More...]


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