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.

Working for an Unknown Future

By Robert Martin, reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. Years ago, when I was employed as a marketing analyst, my boss warned against “paralysis by analysis.” He was cautioning against spending so much time analyzing that we never actually made a decision or took any action. This is the idea raised in Ecclesiastes 11:4-5: 4 Whoever watches…

Karam Forum 2020: Justice, Discipleship, Fruitfulness, Kingdom

Adapted from the Oikonomia Network. The schedule is packed at Karam Forum 2020, so register today to attend this catalytic and connecting event! We’ll be meeting January 3-4 in Atlanta to refresh our community of collaboration, and hear from leading voices including Rich Mouw, Charisse Jones, Greg Jones, Rachael and Jacob Denhollander, Jules Martinez and many more – the list of speakers is…

Seminary Spotlight: Fuller Theological Seminary

By Michaela O’Donnell Long, reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. At Fuller Theological Seminary we are grateful for the work of the Oikonomia Network and enthusiastic about our common vision of flourishing as central to theological education. Over the past year we at Fuller have been busy: 1) in the classroom; 2) developing a new platform for theological formation; and 3)…

The High Calling in the Surgical Suite

By David Williamson Entering the surgical suite for the installation of a pacemaker, I thought of – and was grateful for! – the “high calling,” the skill, specialized training and professional recognition of both the surgical team and the hospital. The first person I thought of was the cardiac electrophysiologist, the person to install my pacemaker, in a nationally acclaimed…

Helping that Helps: Six Principles for Poverty Alleviation

By Brian Fikkert; reprinted from Made to Flourish, by permission of The Chalmers Center. At the Chalmers Center, we long to see people who are struggling with material poverty restored to all that God has created them to be as his image-bearers. That’s why we work to equip churches and related ministries to more effectively walk alongside people living in…

Myths & Truths: Seeking God’s Will

By Lisa Slayton; part four of a series. Reprinted from The Wholeness Journey. Last week we examined Myth #2: that a life of comfort and ease will somehow magically occur once we’ve “figured out our calling.” Tied very closely to this is our broken and reductionistic understanding of “God’s will.” Myth #3: God’s will for me is a job, or house, or…

The Four Mondays of Advent

By Meryl Herr; excerpted from The Four Mondays of Advent: Daily Meditations on Faith and Work.   Editor’s note: This week only, The Four Mondays of Advent is available at the special introductory price of $2.99; the price goes up on November 12.   Peace “For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, ‘Peace be within you.’ For…