September 6, 2015

There is a growing movement across the country among pastors and congregational leaders to think more deeply about how Sunday faith connects to Monday work. In the last several years, there have been scores of new books, articles, blogs, and conferences on the subject. The messages, though varied, often incorporate some or all of the following ideas: Our work, whether paid or unpaid, has great value because we are made in the image of a working God. Therefore, work is… Read more

September 5, 2015

…or so it would seem from an article that appeared there last Sunday: Gallup regularly polls workers around the world to find out. Its survey last year found that almost 90 percent of workers were either “not engaged” with or “actively disengaged” from their jobs. Think about that: Nine out of 10 workers spend half their waking lives doing things they don’t really want to do in places they don’t particularly want to be. Why? One possibility is that it’s… Read more

September 3, 2015

Here’s a press release we got today from our friends at Fuller! Fuller Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that Makoto (“Mako”) Fujimura will join the seminary as director of the Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts. Fujimura’s appointment, effective September 1, 2015, follows a yearlong international search process. Master painter Mako Fujimura is a respected leader in the conversation between Christian faith and art. A devoted believer, world-renowned artist, and cultural influence, his leadership has had a… Read more

September 2, 2015

Honest conversations about failure help people realize that they are not alone in their struggles, and that can give them the encouragement to succeed, says a founding partner of Failure:Lab. This post was first published in Faith and Leadership. By showcasing personal stories of failure, Failure:Lab helps people “pave the way for change” by realizing they are not alone in their struggles, says one of the company’s founding partners, Jonathan Williams. Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Failure:Lab stages TED-like events… Read more

August 31, 2015

By Nathan Roberts 1. Toy Story III A spry student could probably write a whole thesis––or maybe even a dissertation, for all I know––about how the Toy Story films function as allegorical explorations of how we ought to live in a world governed by an unpredictable God. The toys are are our heroes, but the films are just as much about their Owner, Andy. If A Bugs Life presents a world in which the closest thing our heroes have to… Read more

August 31, 2015

There’s a lot of talk these days about the fragmentation of American culture. While America has always had an important level of religious diversity, today we just don’t seem to have anything in common. We live in separate moral universes, and we seem to encounter each other only on the battlefield. Our imaginative worlds are also separate; everyone watches different movies and shows, reads different blogs, listens to different music. There’s a lot of truth to this. But there is… Read more

August 31, 2015

What are the best five animated movies you’ve seen that were made in the last ten years? I’d say the three Miyazaki movies: Ponyo, Arietty, and Up on Poppy Hill, and also Frozen and Brave. What do you like so much about Ponyo? It’s kind of funny, and I like how Miyazaki likes to put pollution in it to show people what can happen. Also I like [Richard] Wagner, and Ponyo has a little bit of Wagner in it, and… Read more

August 29, 2015

Read more about the conference here: How to write a Grace Prescription 10 things I learned at Grace Prescriptions I’m almost at the end of my time with the roomful of medical professionals at Grace Prescriptions, and I have a lot to chew on (and I don’t just mean the chocolate: we’ve all been fed within an inch of our lives!) Last night focused on making the theological, Biblical, and scientific cases for the intersection of faith and medicine.  Today… Read more

August 28, 2015

Read more about the conference here: How to write a Grace Prescription 1.   Doctors and other medical professionals can actually be very friendly. While that hasn’t always been my experience in the exam room, let alone other people’s, everyone here has been extremely gracious and introduced themselves to all and sundry (including me, the “one of these things is not like the other” journalist).  Everyone I’ve met seems to have a genuine concern for patients and a desire to help… Read more

August 28, 2015

Well, for once there is no need to ask if there is a doctor in the house, because I am sitting in a room full of them on the campus of Asbury University in Wilmore, KY as an attendee at a conference called Grace Prescriptions, aimed at Christian medical professionals who are looking for help in sharing their faith in their practice.  Over the next couple of days I hope to report in several times as we stand at the… Read more

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