I don’t have much time today (because I’m busy being entrepreneurial) for anything other than a quick thought provoked by the current health-insurance debates raging. (Do debates ever do anything but rage?  Sorry. I promise to not turn this into a linguistics blog.) I had reasons to say both of these things in conversation on social media today: “Philosophically, I’m a Distributist: keep everything as small and local as possible. (The political philosophy of G. K. Chesterton.) Medically, I’m an… Read more

I work from home, so unless I’m on a conference call, I can take a nap where and when I want, without a boss seeing. But would I want to? A recent article in the New York Times makes a case for napping.  Some excellent points, including: Telling people to work on their work-life balance and manage their inbox is not enough: the problem is more structural: the modern workplace is one where people are always stressed, and expect to be stressed…. Read more

As the wife and mother of British citizens and someone who has traveled frequently in the U.K., I get a kick out of BBC.com’s “If You Only Read 6 Things This Week.”  It’s aimed at British expats, not those living in Britain (as I discovered when I tried to share a story about Shetland with my husband’s relatives in Shetland), so maybe that’s why the article Why We Are Different People at Work and at Home uses mainly American examples, and why… Read more

So, if you’ve been reading this blog for long you know I have a lot of jobs. One is as an editor for The High Calling at The Theology of Work Project.  (THC, for a long time, was solely a production of The H. E. Butt Family Foundation in Texas….also known as the people who bring you Laity Lodge, one of the most beautiful places on earth. But I digress.) Anyway, the day-to-day production of THC now happens at TOW, where… Read more

In this interview, the leader of the Moral Mondays movement talks about leading in the public square. Reprinted from Faith&Leadership. The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II is the president of the North Carolina NAACP and architect of the Moral Mondays protest movement, which began in Raleigh in 2013 and has spread across the country. Barber has been engaged in social activism for many years, but he began his rise to national prominence after organizing a 2007 coalition of advocacy… Read more

The chilly relationship between mainline Protestantism and the popular marketplace has become a stable feature of the former’s self-understanding. Reprinted from Faith&Leadership. By Kate Bowler Millions of Americans once tuned in to see Will Willimon preach at the Crystal Cathedral for the “Hour of Power,” one of the most prominent Christian programs at the height of the televangelism era and an icon of modern faith. They watched him ascend one of the most famous pulpits in the country, clear his… Read more

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. Belgian painter Erik Pevernagle says, “In a lifeworld, where we can be what we are, and not what people expect us to be, we can escape a blank and void existence, which is linked to wrecking ennui.” I don’t think I’ve been bored a single day since I embraced entrepreneurship in 1996. Not a day. Not an hour. What is boredom? Bertram Russell defines boredom as “…essentially… Read more

D. L. Mayfield (whose career I’ve followed ever since she and I were put together in a “cover package” at Christianity Today about alcohol) has a piece on what it was like to be on food stamps at Christianity Today: Two years ago when my second child was born, I wasn’t able to work, and while moving across the country, our only car broke down. By the time we finally found an apartment to live in and a job for my husband,… Read more

I ran into Sow Green So Good over on the Seedbed Faith and Work Collective. (Actually, I would have run into them first if I’d gone to the 2016 Asbury Project, where they were winners of the business plan competition.)  They have more to say about what’s happened since then at Seedbed: Sow Green Sow Good is a sustainable company that provides greens such as turnips, collards, mustard, kale and other vegetables to people in the Midsouth. The company also… Read more

Fighting Mortality One of the most amazing and simultaneously depressing stories in the Bible (from a worldly perspective) is the resurrection of Lazarus in John 11. Amazing, because we see the miracle-working power of Jesus!  Lazarus was dead and buried!  He was in the grave for 4 days!  That guy was dead!  And Jesus restored his life!  Amazing! Amazing because we see a demonstration of what Jesus will do for all of us someday: He will call forth our names,… Read more

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