How to Boost Your Creativity

People who think they are not creative need to think again. Creativity is central to what it means to be human and made in the image of God. It’s one of the principle ways man imitates his Creator. Although our creativity is different from God’s, who made everything from nothing, the cultural mandate in Genesis 1:26-27 speaks to our creative responsibility. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female… Read more

They’re getting paid WHAT? A modern-day parable of the workers at Gravity Payments

Christianity Today has commentary on the recent decision by Dan Price of Gravity Payments in Seattle to raise all his employees’ base salary to $70,000: Earlier this year, Dan Price, a graduate of Seattle Pacific University and CEO of Seattle-based Gravity Payments, made headlines nationwide after announcing plans to raise his employees’ base salary to $70,000 a year. But not everyone at Gravity Payments agrees with his plans to share the wealth. ­­­­­­ Two of his top employees quit in… Read more

NEWS: One of our partners is moving!

The Oikonomia Network, one of the partners of the Patheos Faith and Work Channel, is moving to Trinity International University: The Kern Family Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to Trinity International University to help launch the Center for Transformational Churches. The Center will also become the new home of the Oikonomia Network, an evangelical seminary learning community that equips pastors to connect work and the economy to biblical wisdom, sound theology, daily discipleship, and good stewardship. Read the… Read more

The ideal church member

MEET SCOTTY Scotty is every pastor’s dream of an ideal church member. A mechanic, Scotty owns his own business. He and his family are active in Bethel Church of San Jose, serving on committees and production teams, teaching, and helping special-needs children. He is cheerful, hardworking, and has a great reputation in the community. By most measures of Christian discipleship, Scotty is exactly what churches need. BUT THERE’S MORE TO SCOTTY What’s missing from this discipleship account is the fact… Read more

“Career services must die!” Thinking holistically about careers

Wake Forest University has created a new model of career development that integrates all aspects of a student’s life, including faith and spirituality. This article was first published in Faith & Leadership. When Andy Chan ran the career center at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, he discovered there was a hunger among students to think holistically about careers. He created a seminar called “Career and Life Vision,” in which students and alumni were challenged to think about a personal… Read more

Running away from our shadow: racism in America

By Mike Coyner Last week while visiting my daughter and family for the birth of our latest grandchild, Alec Adrian Peace, my almost 5-year-old grandson Austin and I were playing “shadow tag” outdoors. Then Austin changed the game and started doing what he called “running away from my shadow” – which is something from a video game he had seen. Of course the whole point of the game is that we cannot run away from our shadow – it is… Read more

10 final theses about the Acton Institute

The conclusion of our reports and analysis from the recent Acton University conference. Read the first ten posts here: The refreshing difference We can’t create heaven on earth “Don’t immanentize the eschaton” Is there really enough to go around? Letting our Jesus Freak flag fly Was Jesus a socialist? But what about sin? The pursuit of wealth is not neutral We’re all working for the Pharoah The Pope and the farmer By Edwin Woodruff Tait 1) Whatever one thinks of… Read more

The Pope and the farmer

More of our reports and analysis from the recent Acton University conference. Read the first nine posts here: The refreshing difference We can’t create heaven on earth “Don’t immanentize the eschaton” Is there really enough to go around? Letting our Jesus Freak flag fly Was Jesus a socialist? But what about sin? The pursuit of wealth is not neutral We’re all working for the Pharoah By Edwin Woodruff Tait I originally agreed to take on this assignment in part because… Read more

Business as moral community

Integrating faith with the demands of work is a challenge many Christians face. Two men with a lot of insight on faith, business ethics, integrity, and leadership recently sat down to discuss this challenge: Al Erisman of Seattle Pacific University and Bill Pollard, retired CEO of ServiceMaster and professor emeritus at Wheaton College. They recorded a video conversation about the God-honoring business model, thoughts on Peter Drucker, and the struggles of godly leaders in corporate management. Read more

The Fragmentation of Evangelicalism

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on the Future of Evangelicalism in America. Read other perspectives here. By John Hawthorne In their seminal 2010 book, American Grace, Robert Putnam and David Campbell describe the story of American religion since the 1950s as an earthquake with two aftershocks. The earthquake, they suggest, was the sexual revolution of the 1960s. This concern over sexuality led to the first aftershock, the rise of publicly organized Evangelicalism. From the founding of Falwell’s Moral Majority… Read more

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