Category: Blue-Collar Work

Obsessed With Work or Just Bored? Bringing the Conversation About Work Across Acoma Street

It’s well past 1 p.m. From my desk I look across Acoma Street and see a woman in her early 20s wearing baggy sweat pants, a cigarette hanging out her mouth, tossing an empty Mountain Dew bottle in a dumpster that’s been parked in her driveway for months. She squints at the sun, as if it’s an unwelcome guest disturbing her slumber. Next…

Andy Crouch, What Does the Faith and Work Movement Need to Hear?

In early February, I probed the thoughts of Andy Crouch, author, blogger, and speaker. Crouch had just resigned as executive editor at Christianity Today and moved to the John Templeton Foundation as a communication strategist. His books and speaking engagements have made him a thought leader on culture, and connected him notably to the faith and work movement. I was…

‘Hillbilly Elegy’ and the faith & work movement

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis  has been read and reviewed in countless outlets from Barnes and Noble to Hearts and Minds Books and the New York Times.  There’s a reason why. It’s a well-written memoir describing the circumstances, deep challenges, victories, and struggles of a culture in crisis. This culture has been neglected in popular media…

From Faith@Work 101 to Faith@Work 201: second in a series

For the first post in this series, click here. Faith@Work 101 needs now — and will always need — to be actively promoted and taught in our churches and all other Christian contexts.  These five basics need to be constantly and creatively promoted. But we also need to move beyond these shared basics as leaders and teachers.  I want to…

What I Learned Filling the Barn: A Thanksgiving Thought

Chris Horst is the vice president of development for HOPE International. He is passionate about issues of faith and entrepreneurship. He is also the author of Mission Drift and Entrepreneurship For Human Flourishing. He blogs regularly and has recently posted an article reflecting on his early jobs and the importance of work. Horst discusses a job he had at a friend’s…