Obsessed With Work or Just Bored? Bringing the Conversation About Work Across Acoma Street

It’s well past 1 p.m. From my desk I look across Acoma Street and see a woman in her early 20s wearing baggy sweat pants, a cigarette hanging out her mouth, tossing an empty Mountain Dew bottle in a dumpster that’s been parked in her driveway for months. She squints at the sun, as if it’s an unwelcome guest disturbing her slumber. Next…

FWE Integration in a Small Congregation, Part I

Reprinted from Made to Flourish. In October 2016, Made to Flourish’s Amy Sherman interviewed Mary Lou Erlacher of Cornerstone Church in Marion, Iowa. Cornerstone Church is a 15-year-old congregation in the Evangelical Free Church denomination. Predominantly white, the church includes many seniors, empty-nesters, and a growing number of younger families and couples. Membership is around 55 and about 100 people attend…

Missionaries in a Mercenary World: Negotiating faith-work boundaries in the workplace

In my previous posts in this series I talked about the character of the Mercenary, which reflects the new norm of apprehensive individualism in global corporate culture. In the next few posts I want to examine how Christians working in global corporations integrate (and segment) their faith in such environments. Subsequently I will return to consider the factors that generate…

Interview with Andy Crouch – The Tech-Wise Family

Andy Crouch is well known for his thoughtful writing, speaking, and scholarship on culture. His previous books include Strong and Weak, Playing God, and Culture Making. His newest book, The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in Its Proper Place is due out April 4th. I recently had the opportunity to ask Andy some questions regarding this book. Chris Robertson:…

What if this had been me? A gendered analysis of the funniest video ever (and its implications for women at work)

Reprinted from The Anxious Bench with permission. We though this post was interesting in light of earlier reflections we’ve posted here regarding how the faith and work movement needs to think about gender (here and here for starters.) By Kristin Du Mez By now, I’m sure you’ve all seen this video. If you haven’t, here you go. You’re welcome. I could write…