Making homes for the arts in sacred places

This post comes to us from Duke Divinity School’s magazine Faith & Leadership, an offering of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.  No one was laughing when Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School closed in 2012. Not only were the residents of the South Philadelphia neighborhood losing what had been a bulwark institution for generations; [Read More...]

Giving Jesus a bad name

By Mike Coyner To me the name Jesus is not just a good name, it is the “name above every other name” (Philippians 2:9-11). But too many Christians (or at least people who call themselves Christians) are giving Jesus a bad name. That is the conclusion of several recent studies and surveys. People in general [Read More...]

Jazz, entrepreneurship, and tradition


As an enthusiastic jazz fan and an appreciator of business entrepreneurship, I enjoy watching folks make it up as they go along. Nothing affirms my sense of human beings as “co-creators” with God (a favored term of that great co-creator, J R R Tolkien) more than listening to the swooping, soaring melodic lines of a [Read More...]

Is the gap between pulpit and pew narrowing? Read the latest research


New research conducted by the Barna Group for the Center for Faith & Work at​ LeTourneau University shows a substantial uptick in the number of pastors who say they preach on the topic of work. However, most church-goers still doubt the significance of their work to God. “While American church-goers hear more sermons on work these days, there’s still a [Read More...]

John McKnight: Low-income communities are not needy — they have assets


This interview comes to us from Duke Divinity School’s blog Faith & Leadership, an offering of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.  Read some more interviews with folks pursuing community development along these lines in our recent Community Development Forum. People who want to help low-income communities should see them as “half-full glasses” — places with [Read More...]

Next steps and resources for church leaders

We’re returning to our occasional 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. Enjoy! A first step for a pastor or lay leader who wants to lead their people in a [Read More...]