OK, I seriously never thought about comparing charity and philanthropy from a theological perspective before until I read this review by Fred Smith of The Philanthropic Revolution.  Now I have to read this book! Philanthropy and charity, while springing from the same root, have parted ways and are not likely to come back together. While both have serious theological presuppositions, they represent very different—even competing—theologies…. Experimentation, eugenics, mass sterilization, and, ultimately, ethnic cleansing all have their roots in the early… Read more

By Bill Peel The term “cocooning” was coined by trend forecaster Faith Popcorn to describe Americans who were socializing less and hunkering down at home to protect themselves from the harsh realities of the outside world. This trend fed a burgeoning do-it-yourself industry and sparked home-entertainment innovations, such as video game systems, rec rooms, and media rooms. Today cocooning has never been easier. After all, why go to the hassle of planning dinner and a movie with friends, when we can… Read more

Business books urge leaders to act, but sometimes it’s more important to follow Jesus’ lead and discern the right kind of action, writes a professor of leadership and ministry. This was first published in Faith & Leadership. By L. Roger Owens I mentioned in a sermon that I’m not good at getting things started — or finished. My leadership strengths are in the area one author calls “ideation.” A less generous author would have called it the strength of idle… Read more

Originally published at Ithilien in 2005. One of the central slogans that’s come to be identified with the Reformation is the “priesthood of all believers.” For a long time I found this phrase very off-putting, because I associated it with the radical denial of any hierarchy or sacramentality in the Church. In my experience, Protestants used the slogan to turn the Church into a religious counterpart to modern liberal democracy. And I was (and am) convinced that that’s simply a… Read more

By Tom Nelson “If there is a mist in the pulpit there is a fog in the pew.”  I heard those words more than once in my seminary homiletics class when my professor wanted to drive home the high importance of sermon clarity. What I didn’t hear my professor talk about was what happens if there is not just a mist in the pulpit, but instead a thick fog. What does that mean for a congregation? I am not sure… Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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