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.

Who Is Our Neighbor?

By Pam Tinsley, reprinted from Living God’s Mission. In early October, our local Islamic Center was burned in an arsonist’s hate attack. Between the fire and water damage, our Muslim brothers and sisters now face a rebuild and remodel of their mosque. In the meantime, they have been forced to find a new place to gather for worship. Without a…

Review: Make Work Matter

By David Gill, reprinted from The 313. Michaela O’Donnell is executive director of Fuller Seminary’s DePree Center for Leadership. The subtitle of Make Work Matter is “Your Guide to Meaningful Work in a Changing World.” The world of work is changing, workers feel overwhelmed, anxious, and lonely – but our education continues to prepare us for a work world that is passing away.…

Being More Intentional about Career Choices

By David Williamson. For some time I have had an interest in how Christians discern their career choices. There are numerous assessment profiles, discernment tools and books on the subject. There is also, of course, a very wide and broad – wider and broader every year, it seems – range of possible career directions. My observation is that most of…

Scrooge’s Transformation at Work

By Josh Hinton, reprinted from the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. Oh! But he was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone, Scrooge. A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner! If you can read those lines without hearing Gonzo the Great’s voice in your head, you’re more literary than I. Muppet or not, you’ve got to hand it to…

Responsible to Flourish – and Help Others Flourish

Reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. The vision of the Economic Wisdom Project is summarized in twelve “elements” that provide starting points for thoughtful, biblically informed understanding of contemporary opportunities and challenges. For a handy guide to the twelve elements, download this one-page summary, taken from our EWP vision paper “A Christian Vision for Flourishing Communities”: Below is an excerpt from the paper “Twelve Elements of Economic…

Driving the Ministry Bus

By Pam Tinsley, reprinted from Living God’s Mission. For years I commuted to Seattle, often by bus. I found the bus drivers to be courteous and helpful – some friendly, and others, business-like. And, like anyone who faces the public daily, they encounter gracious passengers and rude, even unruly, passengers while trying to treat them respectfully. Linda Wilson-Allen takes her…

Review: Money and Possessions

By David Gill, reprinted from The 313. One of the most influential Bible interpreters of our time, Walter Brueggemann (b. 1933) is the author of over one hundred books and numerous scholarly articles. He served on the faculties of Eden Theological Seminary (1961-1986) and Columbia Theological Seminary (1986-2003) where he is McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament. His magnum opus, Theology of the Old Testament (1997), is a look at…

The “Little Saints” of Vocation at Christmas

By David Williamson. My favorite Christmas nativity scene comes from the French region of Provence. I first discovered this scene in the lobby of a local French hotel. At first glance, it looked like another Christmas nativity scene or crèche. But at a second glance, I stopped in my tracks and noticed something very different from all the traditional crèches…

Welcome to the Metaverse

By John Wyatt, reprinted from the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. Mark Zuckerberg, like many other tech entrepreneurs, is driven by a dream – turning science fiction into reality. Not content with connecting 2.9 billion Facebook users across the planet, Zuckerberg is now focusing on the metaverse, a 3D virtual reality world in which it is claimed we will soon be…

Seminary Spotlight: Criswell College

By Joe Wooddell, reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. The big news at Criswell College this year is twofold, and the two stories combine in our vision of whole-life discipleship. First, the college was blessed to open its first-ever residence hall. And that building serves as a launchpad for our second piece of big news: Criswell 360°, a four-year undergraduate common…