Robots Aren’t Killing the American Dream

This recent New York Times article challenged some things I’ve been assuming: Blaming robots, though, while not as dangerous as protectionism and xenophobia, is also a distraction from real problems and real solutions. The rise of modern robots is the latest chapter in a centuries-old story of technology replacing people. Automation is the hero of the story [Read More…]

Christian faith at Deutsche Telekom

…as outlined in this profile at Seedbed of Andrea Baare, a corporate chaplain: As a businesswoman and theologian who did not choose ordained ministry in the German Protestant State Church, I struggled with a sense of guilt for many years. Had I made the right choice moving into the business world instead of pursuing full-time ministry? Could [Read More…]

Cleaning and Cultural Prejudice: A Reflection on Good Practices and Toxic Theology #AshWednesday

By Stephen Milliken Cleaning. Everybody at some point in their lives has to clean up something. But interestingly, those of us who practice this discipline the most tend to be society’s most neglected, or at least second class citizens. Gender norms place cleaning within women’s work, drudgery not fit for the magnanimous free thoughts of [Read More…]

Leading From Your Authentic Abyss

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. American poet May Sarton once said, “We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.” Back in the eighties I was watching Johnny Carson one night. The actress Shelley Winters was Johnny’s guest. Shelley [Read More…]

God’s into art, not empires

In seminary, several decades ago, I had a good friend named Christ (rhymes with “wrist”) John Otto. He’s written posts on this blog before about how artists need to be the foremost culture-shapers of our time (here and here). We’ve taken different denominational and vocational paths over the decades, but two things are true of [Read More…]

Retail workers are people too

A while ago, I made a commitment to always greet and thank retail workers in whatever situation I encountered them (Starbucks, Walmart, or the corner doughnut shop. Actually, I don’t live near a corner doughnut shop anymore….more’s the pity.) I have renewed this commitment after I read this penetrating and depressing article about what it’s [Read More…]