Author: The Green Room

Ever heard of a “green room”? It’s the room in a theater where actors and speakers can relax when they’re not on stage….talk to each other about what they really think, fix their makeup, get some coffee, and otherwise prepare for their next moment “on.” Well, this blog is the green room for the faith and work movement, where its leaders can kick off their shoes, grab a cup of coffee or a mug of tea, and talk heart-to-heart about where the movement’s come from, where it’s going, what’s working, and what’s not working. We hope you’ll join the conversation.

Showing Up

By Jim Grubs, reprinted from Minding the Gap. Last week I watched the final sports broadcast of Mark Rosen on WCCO television. It touched my heartstrings. Mark is the leading sportscaster in the Twin City area. He has broadcast the sports section of WCCO News for 50 years! Yes, five-zero years! Five days a week. Twelve months a year. Year…

Nazarene Theological Seminary’s Ministerial Entrepreneurship Initiative

By Dean Blevins, reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. “A gym really needs a pastor.” Observations like this one sprinkle across a new curriculum offered by Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS) focusing on entrepreneurship with ministry in mind. The comment comes from my interview with entrepreneur and pastor Brett Armstrong, founder of CrossfitRWOL in Mustang, Oklahoma. This former youth pastor turned independent…

Loving God with Head and Hands . . . and Heart

By David Williamson. Magnificent, skillfully worked, hand-crafted carvings are scattered throughout our home; they are fresh works of art, a personalized adaptation of folk art, from an untrained yet masterful wood carver, my father. I am coming to appreciate and value these pieces more each day. They are mostly owls and eagles, lovingly carved out of basswood. A manager of…

Getting the Job Done without Compromising Faithfulness

By Darren Lim, reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. Being a Christian in the workplace requires us to consider many perspectives. On the one hand we should always be striving to perform our jobs with excellence, while at the same time we need to consistently keep watch on how our actions, words and character reflect on our faith. In…

Review: Uncommon Ground

By Chris Robertson, reprinted from Made to Flourish. At Made to Flourish, we often focus on the three flourishings. We argue that a flourishing pastor should lead to a flourishing church, and a flourishing church should result in a flourishing community. We are living in a moment fraught with questions, uncertainties and fear. All of which do not often lead…

Social Mobility or Restored Community: What Is Money For?

By J. Mark Bowers, reprinted from the Chalmers Center. Part one of two. What would you do if you received a windfall of money today? Imagine $20,000 fell into your lap. How would you use that amount of cash, no strings attached? Go for it. Dream! Some of us might finance a new car for reliable, stylish transportation. The more…

Walk Worthy of Your Vocation

By Demi Prentiss, reprinted from Living God’s Mission. The writer of Ephesians urges us to “walk worthy of the vocation to which you’ve been called.” (Ephesians 4:1) In the midst of daily life, that can be a challenge, especially in our daily work. In a recent blog, Bob Robinson offered six markers that distinguish a “job” from a “vocation.” He thinks…

The Danger of Nostalgia

By Jim Grubs, reprinted from Minding the Gap. I began my employment with Reell Precision Manufacturing at a time when the company was flourishing. We designed and produced excellent products; we had strong net profits; co-workers enjoyed benefits that typically exceeded industry standards; and the leadership was clear and intentional about its purpose. However, as is true with all organizations, we…

Seminary Spotlight: Wesley Seminary

By Colleen Derr, president; reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. Wesley’s students serve as basketball coaches, 7-11 managers, junior high teachers, YMCA directors, corporate executives, chaplains and health care providers as well as church planters, pastors, church leaders and missionaries. Our students live in 29 different countries, speak many different languages, and are connected to over 60 different Christian denominations. What…