Karam Forum 2021: Reviving Reconciliation

Reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. Chris Brooks will speak at Karam Forum 2021 on “Reviving Reconciliation,” and folks from leading investment firm Eventide will join us to talk about the tough theological questions raised by modern finance. That’s on top of David French and Michael Wear on justice and the church today, Jennifer Powell McNutt, Gavin Ortlund and more on justice and the church in…

Workplace Warfare

By Robert Martin, reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. The workplace is not a place we commonly associate with spiritual warfare. But maybe we should given the passionate exhortation the Apostle Paul makes at the end of the book of Ephesians, where he writes in 6:10: Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Paul is…

Jesus the Worker

By John Terrill, reprinted from Made to Flourish. What would Jesus do? WWJD, a common refrain in Christian subculture of the mid-1990s, exploded into the popular vernacular and Christian kitsch by the end of the decade. Estimates of the number of WWJD bracelets sold in the United States during the last decade of the 20th century range from 15 to 52 million.…

Refocusing Development through Innovation

By Lana Hill and Justin Lonas, reprinted from the Chalmers Center. Sometimes, when we’re walking with people as they work to escape material poverty, we want hard-and-fast rules to follow that lead to measurable outcomes. But the truth is, there’s no single “recipe” that always “works” everywhere. Once we begin to confront the complexities of poverty and our own brokenness, we may…

Making Homeownership Possible for More Neighbors

By Hilary Masell Oswald, reprinted from CityGate. Editor’s note: The 5280 Fellowship in the Denver metro area was the fellowship model used to frame and expand CityGate Fellowship partnerships. The first of those partnerships was Circle City Fellows in Indianapolis. In April and May, we will feature a story of impact from each of these cities to paint a picture of the work-integrated justice and…

“The Real Play Goes On”

The Green Room is honored to reprint this post from Living God’s Mission, including the original LGM editor’s note. See our tribute to Fletcher here. Editor’s Note: This is almost certainly the last piece Fletcher Lowe wrote in this life. Less than 12 hours after he emailed it to me, Fletcher died in his sleep, in his apartment in Richmond,…

“Just a Mum”

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. When I was a Mum with small children, I continued to do work projects. However, I struggled when people asked me “What do you do?” I tended to respond: “I’m just a Mum.” Two things to say about my response: “I’m just a…” That’s a value statement. It represents the fact that I valued…

Seminary Spotlight: Western Seminary

By Adam Christian and Bert Downs, reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. In this seminary spotlight, we highlight Western Seminary’s Center for Leadership Development. The CLD is a part of our institution specifically aimed at equipping men and women to thrive as Christians in their workplaces, whether they work in church ministry or elsewhere. A growing library of non-credit resources is available…

Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing

Part two of two. See part one here. Cleaning out my bookshelves, discarding and reorganizing, I came across Entrepreneurship for Human Flourishing, co-authored by Chris Horst and Peter Greer of Hope International, a mission organization addressing poverty trough microfinance. I had already written about entrepreneurship, and wanted to find what I had missed. I observed that I had missed a…

The Gift of Undivided Attention

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional.  Giving someone or something our undivided attention is something that has become increasingly difficult in today’s cultural context where technology and social norms enable and allow us to do so many things at once. It almost feels inefficient to not be in a meeting, while replying to a work messaging notification and keeping abreast…