This post is part of a Patheos Book Club on the book Love, Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life by Henri Nouwen. Many years ago, at a difficult time in my life, a friend pressed a little green book into my hand: Henri Nouwen’s The Inner Voice of Love.  It was a journal he wrote at a difficult time in his own life, when a very close friendship had broken down (his relationship with Nathan Ball, at that time the director of L’Arche… Read more

Even the most complex social problems can be solved when leaders and institutions are brought together to unleash a community’s own problem-solving capabilities, says the president of Community Solutions.  This post originally appeared at Faith and Leadership. Rosanne Haggerty has worked on the issue of homelessness for 30 years, and in that time she’s come to realize that, contrary to public belief, even the most complex problems can be solved. The key, she said, is to help community leaders and… Read more

Reprinted from The Green Room. A few months ago, I attended the Acton Institute (you can read more about my trip here) as part of my work with the Theology of Work Project.  One of the things I did was attend a lunch where some other folks from TOW presented some of the resources on our site and talked about how they could be used in the local church. We concluded the lunch by singing a hymn called “God of… Read more

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

  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

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

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

 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

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

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

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