The Business of Books in a Digital Era: An interview with Tami Heim

This post continues our partnership with Ethix, a publication of the Center for Integrity in Business in the School of Business and Economics at Seattle Pacific University.  Ethix has conducted many inspiring interviews with business leaders, and we’re excited to feature them here from time to time! Tami Heim is a partner in The A Group – Brand Development, a technology, marketing, and media agency in Nashville, Tennessee. She has responsibility for integrated technology, social media, marketing, and strategic branding…. Read more

“Emmanuel labor”

By Mike Coyner Yesterday was the American holiday we call “Labor Day,” which many of us celebrate by having the day off. Up until the last few years, Labor Day weekend was always a time for the Coyner family to get together and celebrate birthdays – my sister Jill on September 2nd, Mom on September 6th, and mine on September 7th. Typically this meant a pool party at Mom and Dad’s home in Anderson, and it was a good way to mark… Read more

Kim Davis and the ethics of workplace resistance

I hadn’t planned to write a formal blog post about Kim Davis. I’ve gotten involved in several conversations about her on Facebook recently, mostly playing devil’s advocate, and I thought probably that was enough–or even too much.  But then my beloved wife Jennifer complained that she didn’t have anyone writing about Davis on the Patheos Faith and Work Channel. [That was Monday morning before David Rupert’s post on the subject at Red Letter Believers.] So, with some misgivings, here goes…. Read more

[VIDEO] Those who love and those who labor follow in the way of Christ

More great hymns for Labor Day–and by extension for celebrating the ministry of all God’s people during worship–keep showing up. Here’s another one a friend just called our attention to: Those who love and those who labour, follow in the way of Christ;Thus the first disciples found him, thus the gift of love sufficed.Jesus says to those who seek him, I will never pass you by;Raise the stone and you shall find me; cleave the wood, and there am I.Where… Read more

Your annual Happy Vocation Day post

Every year on this day we call attention to this neat post by Gene Veith over at his blog, Cranach, on why we celebrate Labor Day. (Hey, this is a blog about faith and work, so you expected a lot of posts on Labor Day, right?) Most people probably don’t know what they are celebrating on Labor Day–”something about Unions”–but we here at the Cranach blog have long sought to fill this holiday with meaning by turning it into a… Read more

Every task, however simple, sets the soul that does it free

I knew Henry van Dyke wrote The Other Wise Man, but until we sang it at my church, I didn’t know he wrote this hymn, suitable for Labor Day: 1. Jesus, Thou divine companion, By Thy lowly human birth Thou hast come to join the workers, Burden bearers of the earth. Thou, the carpenter of Nazareth, Toiling for Thy daily food, By Thy patience and Thy courage, Thou hast taught us toil is good. 2. They who tread the path of… Read more

The number 1 challenge in connecting Sunday to Monday

There is a growing movement across the country among pastors and congregational leaders to think more deeply about how Sunday faith connects to Monday work. In the last several years, there have been scores of new books, articles, blogs, and conferences on the subject. The messages, though varied, often incorporate some or all of the following ideas: Our work, whether paid or unpaid, has great value because we are made in the image of a working God. Therefore, work is… Read more

Even the New York Times is wondering about the spirituality of work

…or so it would seem from an article that appeared there last Sunday: Gallup regularly polls workers around the world to find out. Its survey last year found that almost 90 percent of workers were either “not engaged” with or “actively disengaged” from their jobs. Think about that: Nine out of 10 workers spend half their waking lives doing things they don’t really want to do in places they don’t particularly want to be. Why? One possibility is that it’s… Read more

NEWS: World-Renowned Artist Makoto Fujimura to Join Leadership of Fuller Seminary

Here’s a press release we got today from our friends at Fuller! Fuller Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that Makoto (“Mako”) Fujimura will join the seminary as director of the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts. Fujimura’s appointment, effective September 1, 2015, follows a yearlong international search process. Master painter Mako Fujimura is a respected leader in the conversation between Christian faith and art. A devoted believer, world-renowned artist, and cultural influence, his leadership has had a… Read more

Sharing stories of failure can give people the power to succeed

Honest conversations about failure help people realize that they are not alone in their struggles, and that can give them the encouragement to succeed, says a founding partner of Failure:Lab. This post was first published in Faith and Leadership. By showcasing personal stories of failure, Failure:Lab helps people “pave the way for change” by realizing they are not alone in their struggles, says one of the company’s founding partners, Jonathan Williams. Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Failure:Lab stages TED-like events… Read more

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