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.

Review: Redeeming Work

By David Gill, reprinted from The 313. Bryan Dik is professor of psychology at Colorado State University, cofounder of “jobZology,” and coauthor of Make Your Job a Calling: How the Psychology of Vocation Can Change Your Life at Work. The purpose of Redeeming Work is “to give practical, actionable advice to Christians seeking to discern their callings and live out their faith within…

The High Calling of the Representative

By David Williamson. Looking at the website of a business attorney, I noticed how often the word “representative” was listed as the professional qualifications for this person: “represented X…represented Y…represented Z.” A representative begins by adequately understanding the needs and expectations of the client. The representative is an advocate for the entity being represented, and needs to plead their position…

A Whole-Life Worship Song: “Not Made for the Harbour”

Reprinted from the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. God’s Presence Calls Us Out As followers of Jesus, we’re called to join in his work in the world rather than just in our safe Christian bubbles – leaving his mark in town halls and factories, fields and offices, markets and schools. “Not Made for the Harbour,” a whole-life worship song by…

Virtue Creates Value, When We Set It Free

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…

Prayer and Poverty Alleviation: Conclusion

Reprinted from the Chalmers Center. Part two of two. n a previous post, we explored the ways that effective poverty alleviation requires faith in Christ and in God’s story of change for the world. Jesus Christ is the only one who can enable such flourishing to happen, for all of us. Among the many implications of this truth is that we…

The Big Quit: The Possibility Season

By Lisa Slayton, reprinted from The Tamim Journey. This is the third in a series.  Discovering vocation does not mean scrambling toward some prize just beyond my reach but accepting the treasure of true self I already possess. Vocation does not come from a voice out there calling me to be something I am not. It comes from a voice…

Remember Who You Are and Whose You Are

By Demi Prentiss, reprinted from Living God’s Mission. Baptism is about belonging and identity. When we know whose we are, we know who we are. We are “Christ’s own forever”! That is our truest, fundamental identity, which has the power to set us free. We already belong to God. Our struggle now is to become what we already are. Br.…

Stewardism (Not Capitalism or Socialism)

By David Gill, reprinted from The 313. Beware the “isms”! OK, some uses of this word ending (suffix) may be helpful to describe a movement or sensibility, like feminism or environmentalism. A term like racism or militarism describes a movement or sensibility we repudiate. The adjectives that accompany these nouns are often loosely thrown out to categorize others (or ourselves):…

Clinical Social Work as a Window to God’s Love

By David Williamson. In many of my previous posts on faith and work, I have found it helpful to explore the specific ways in which different types of workers exercise God’s creative gifts, with a focus on the skills and competencies needed for the work. This helps us see the different ways in which God’s character and mission are embodied…

Missional Professionals in Ukraine’s War Zone

By Joshua Searle, Dnipro Hope Mission; reprinted from the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. The horrific events of recent weeks have caused Christians in Ukraine to reflect on what it means to be a follower of Jesus in a time of war. For my Ukrainian friends, words such as “discipleship” and “mission” have taken on new meanings. They are no…