Getting Your Head Out of Your Bottom Line

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew.  Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any hows.” The headline of this column comes from the title of an interesting and practical new book by Jackie Dryden and Bethany Andell of Savage Brands in Houston, Texas. Dryden and Andell come out of the increasingly influential Conscious Capitalism movement based on John Mackey and Raj Sisodia’s book of the… Read more

My First Eucharist

  Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace. Hebrews 4:16 Coming alive the Cup came before me Bearing the blood that washing bore me Pouring out grace though never moving And without a word the whole world proving. Downpouring, splashing runs water around me Rivers of blood from the fountain that found me Water and blood in their mingled meaning Washing me white with a scarlet cleaning. Standing alone yet surrounded by glory Silent in… Read more

Thinking Christianly About the Denmark Model of Economics

Someday I hope we’ll be able to have some contributions from the Faith and Work Collective on this blog.  In the meantime, I’m going to keep telling you to go read their stuff. :)  Great post by Kevin Kinghorn, talking about the Denmark/Scandinavian model of economics from the perspective of someone who has actually been to Denmark: The discussion about Denmark is of particular interest to me because I’ve had extended visits there on four occasions. In fact, I’m currently there… Read more

How do you curate human potential?

Courageous institutional leaders work to hire and develop the next generation of leaders — even knowing that those leaders likely will leave to work somewhere else, writes a managing director of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. This post originally appeared at Faith & Leadership.   By Victoria Atkinson White I recently congratulated a well-respected leader for hiring and developing a particularly stellar young leader. “Your employee is clearly bright and capable,” I said to the senior leader. “What do you… Read more

The Cure to Our Culture’s Cancer

 By David Spickard, originally published in August 2016. Jameel McGee was walking out of a store in Benton Harbor, Michigan after he had just picked up a few items on his way to meet his newborn son for the first time. Andrew Collins was a young Benton Harbor police officer looking to make an arrest.  He saw Jameel and confronted him.  Jameel looked like someone the police were trying to find for possessing and dealing drugs. Sure enough, Andrew arrested… Read more

Lost Identity

By Michael Coyner I recently applied for a “Global Re-entry” status with TSA. This means that when I fly within the United States my status will always give me a pre-check TSA ticket which reduces the waiting time in security lines. That status also means a shortened process for re-entering the US when I travel beyond this country, including less waiting in the customs process. Both seemed like good ideas, so I completed my application, paid my fee, and waited… Read more

iphones, Vision, and the Church

Both authenticity and connection are essential elements of a vital faith community, and should be at the core of a church’s vision and mission Read more

All Day Long

Following Jesus is an all-day, every-day journey of discovery. Every day. All day long. Read more

Business Fads and Authenticity

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. “God has given you one face and you make yourself another” – William Shakespeare I like this simple definition of authenticity from Webster’s Dictionary. “[Authenticity is] being true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character.” I’ve been thinking about business fads of late. We human beings do seem to have a lemming-like tendency to run with the crowd. We are social creatures. It’s comforting to be part… Read more

Sermon Series: Ministry in the Marketplace

More good stuff from the Faith and Work Collective this week: ideas from United Methodist pastor Chris Howlett for a sermon series on Biblical perspectives about everyday work. Especially helpful for preachers like me who are having trouble thinking about how to speak about this to parishioners. (Even though I work for a faith and work website, I realize how little about work makes it into my sermons.) I was once at an empowering laity for ministry seminar at a… Read more

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