From the archives: Good fruit, thorny endeavor

One of the great joys of serving The Kern Family Foundation as a regional director is gathering together with other Kern Pastors to wrestle with profound questions of life, ministry, and how the local church can be an agent of cultural change through the integration of faith, work, and economics. This past summer, we had the opportunity to do just that, meeting every other week over breakfast to discuss Tim Keller’s Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work— a brilliant and clear-headed discussion of how faith and work intersect. [Read more…]

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Households and economic injustice in the Old Testament

By Keith Reeves In the first part of this article we looked at how the family is foundational to property systems and economic flourishing in the Old Testament. The household was simultaneously a familial unit and an economic unit, and the connection between the two was of essential importance. In this second part, we will look [Read More…]

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Family, land, and households in the Old Testament

By Keith Reeves The connection between the family and ownership of land – economic production – is central to the Bible’s picture of social order. The household of biblical times was both a familial and economic unit. Today we tend to think of familial and economic relationships separately, which has profound implications for our society. [Read More…]

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Even old dogs can make all things new

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Engaging the New Year. Read other perspectives here. By Will Messenger This post is a contribution to the Patheos January Public Square about our outlook on the New Year and the ways our spirituality can shape that vision. My chief interest is the [Read More…]

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Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions

We just ran into this fascinating article at The Atlantic (it’s a couple years old, but it’s been going around Facebook, so that makes it new again, right?) It argues that poverty actually causes changes in the way the brain operates: Science published a landmark study concluding that poverty, itself, hurts our ability to make [Read More…]

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Art, theology, and faith: an interview with the editor of Image Journal

  The founder and editor of Image journal talks about why it’s important for people of faith — and those grappling with questions of faith — to engage with art. This article originally appeared at Faith and Leadership. Does religion have a culture problem, or does culture have a religion problem? Has the Christian community [Read More…]

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