A broken brave new world

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​This week in the Patheos Public Square, Patheos has selected a few “resident experts” from across ​Patheos ​channels to contribute a short opinion piece about a significant trend or event in religion in America and reflect on its broader impact on society and culture.  ​ This post is part of the Faith and Work Channel’s contribution to that discussion. ​ [Read More...]

Dear God, please help me choose a major

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I remembered my own struggles with that very question when I read a recent article on the Missio blog of the Washington Institute for Faith, Culture, and Vocation.  Author Drew Moser of Taylor University wrote about a student whose search for a major sounded all too familiar: Ethan was an exemplary Taylor University student—winsome, well [Read More...]

Mental health: an economic issue, not just a health issue

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Recently Danielle Kurtzleben had this to say for online publisher Vox Media  about mental health and the economy: Only a limited set of topics bring mental illness into the news. Obamacare’s mental health coverage requirements briefly brought mental health into the spotlight. And every time there’s a mass shooting in the US (disturbingly regularly, as it turns out), it also sparks a [Read More...]

Can you really trust anyone over 30?

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A little while ago James K. A. Smith wrote these words on the website of Comment magazine about his experience playing youth hockey in Canada: When you’re ten years old, you think this is just part of the furniture of the cosmos; something given, natural, and taken for granted—that Saturday morning clinics and Tuesday night practices are [Read More...]

How can you help the poor?

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Earlier this year on the Kern Pastors Network Drew Cleveland called attention to the book The Poverty of Nations by Wayne Grudem and Barry Asmus, and to Greg Forster’s review of it on the Gospel Coalition’s website.  That review concluded, There is nothing wrong with writing a book about policy, of course; I’ve done the same [Read More...]

Why you should study philosophy, even if you’re a plumber

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Recently Scott Samuelson, a community college professor, posted an article at The Atlantic under the provocative title “Why I teach Plato to Plumbers.”  His argument is mainly about the importance of opening study of the liberal arts to all people, but it has important implications for integrating faith and work.  He writes, Once, when I [Read More...]


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