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.

Bending Imagination toward Hope

By Demi Prentiss, reprinted from Living God’s Mission. Dustin B. Benac and Erin Weber-Johnson are the editors who compiled the recently published Crisis and Care: Meditations on Faith and Philanthropy. The book examines the outpouring of care and funding that seemed to be unleashed by the crisis of the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic. In an Insights column for the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy,…

Review: Church for Monday

By David Gill, reprinted from The 313. Note: Register here to join a free webinar with David Gill and Svetlana Papazov on Aug. 7. This is one of the best and most enjoyable reads I have had in the past few years! Author Svetlana Papazov’s energy, charisma and endless ideas and insights almost knocked me over. While reading! Papazov has…

Character Over Skills

By Jim Grubs, reprinted from Minding the Gap. In a recent conversation with a long-time friend of mine who has just retired as a professor of theology at Whitworth University, I asked him, “What is the most important element of your faith you need to bring into the world of work?” After a few moments of reflection he responded that…

Seminary Spotlight: Sioux Falls Seminary

By Philip Thompson, reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. The Oikonomia Network’s student outcome goals include desired outcomes for “pastors, Christian leaders and local churches.” Sioux Falls Seminary wholeheartedly endorses these outcomes and has worked to integrate them thoroughly as we develop “servants for their participation in the kingdom mission,” regardless of the context of their ministry. To give but one very recent…

His Mercies Really Are New Each Morning

By Claire Greenwood, reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional.  The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion’, says my soul, ‘ therefore I will hope in him  Lamentations 3:22-24 (ESV) Everyone was looking forward to the new year of…

Work from the Beginning: Genesis 7-8

By David Williamson, part seven of a series. God’s intent in saving Noah and the contents of the ark is broader and more comprehensive than the particular creatures and plants. God uses Noah and this remnant from the original creation to preserve all forms of life. Is Noah in this way an environmentalist, understanding and protecting the whole hearth for future…

Learning from Lean, Part 6

By Andrew Parris and Don Pope, reprinted from Christian Business Review. Citations have been omitted. Part six of a series. What Christian Leaders Can Learn from Lean Christian leaders, workers and organizations can have confidence that they can learn from and apply Lean wisdom to help them succeed in their work and even to strengthen their Christian identity and mission. Our experiences in…

Review: Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse

By David Gill, reprinted from The 313. Marianne Jennings, educated as an attorney, is professor at Arizona State University. The Seven Signs of Ethical Collapse: How to Spot Moral Meltdowns in Companies Before It’s Too Late was her tenth book. She writes and speaks widely on business ethics and has lots of experience consulting with companies great and small. She is a wonderful…

Leisure World

By Jonathan Rogers, reprinted from “The Habit,” his weekly newsletter about writing. To subscribe, click here. When I was growing up in Warner Robins, Georgia, there was a subdivision called “Leisure World.” It wasn’t a retirement community or a neighborhood of vacation homes. It was just a place where people lived with their families. Best I could tell, most of…

Seminary Spotlight: Fuller Theological Seminary

By Michaela O’Donnell Long, reprinted from Made to Flourish. It might not surprise you to hear that at Fuller Theological Seminary and its De Pree Center for Leadership, this year has been marked by change and uncertainty. After all, who hasn’t felt the turbulent effects of change in 2020? In the midst of this, we remain committed – perhaps more…