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.

Seminary Spotlight: Grand Rapids Theological Seminary

By Darrell Yoder, reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. Note: Appropriately for the new pandemic reality, this update comes to you via video. A transcript, with links to the resources discussed in the video, is provided below. Hey, my name is Darrel Yoder. Greetings from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I serve on the faculty here and provide…

[Not] Changing the World

By Laura Cerbus, reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional.  It’s not a classroom I’m used to. I’m seated at a long table, chairs gathered around. No orderly desks lined up facing a whiteboard. Instead, we’re set up in the middle of a community space. Toys litter the room, a kitchen opens onto our space, glass walls reveal the gymnasium…

Work from the Beginning: Genesis 4

By David Williamson, part five of a series. The revised script, the new drama of life post-Genesis 3, starts to be played out. Chapter 4 of Genesis begins with a comforting and hopeful statement: In spite of sin and God’s judgement, God’s grace enables Eve to bear a child. Indeed, all work, all labor, all production should be with the understanding…

Beat the Devil Out of Your Brush

By John Terrill, reprinted from Made to Flourish. I recently watched with interest CBS Sunday Morning’s featured segment on Bob Ross, the unlikely, yet iconic television personality who, through his 12-year PBS show, The Joy of Painting, inspired Americans from 1983 to 1994. Ross – a denim-clad folk hero with a permed afro bigger than life – was a soft-spoken teacher…

Why Your Church Is Called to Help the Materially Poor

Reprinted from the Chalmers Center. Adapted from When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty without Hurting the Poor…and Yourself, 37-44 Is your church called to help the materially poor in your community and around the world? Most Christians would answer “yes,” but not nearly as many would also root that call in the very mission of the church, seeing it rather…

Learning from Lean, Part 4

By Andrew Parris and Don Pope, reprinted from Christian Business Review. Citations have been omitted. Part four of a series. Christian Parallels to Lean Wisdom Given the Japanese manufacturing context of the development of Lean, a Christian leader may be reluctant to adopt Lean personally or in a Christian ministry, out of fear that Lean is only for manufacturing or is culturally or…

Announcing City Gate: Webinar April 15

By Lisa Slayton, reprinted from Tamim Partners. It has been just over a year since the world changed dramatically. And it has been a hard year, challenging each of us significantly. It has also been a year that has allowed some time to reflect and re-imagine, releasing things that need to die away and creating space to bring new things…

The Changing World of Work, Conclusion

By Jeff Haanen, reprinted from the Denver Institute for Faith and Work. Part two of two. Read part one here. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble,” writes the author of Psalm 46. “Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their…

God in the Bond Market?

By Fletcher Lowe, reprinted from Living God’s Mission. Over the years in the parishes I have served, I have been visiting members where they work. The conversations usually go: What do you do here? What is the Sunday/Monday – the faith/work – connection with what you do here? This latter question is, for most all of the church members, the first time that…

Technology: Tool or Tyrant?

By David Gill, reprinted from The 313. Let’s begin with two cheers for technology! I am thankful for the vaccinations I am being given for Covid-19 – not to mention those I have been given to protect against measles, polio and other diseases. And I am thankful for texting, phoning, emailing, skyping and zooming, especially over this past year of mandated, necessary…