Category: Community

Social Mobility or Restored Community: What Is Money For?

By J. Mark Bowers, reprinted from the Chalmers Center. Part one of two. What would you do if you received a windfall of money today? Imagine $20,000 fell into your lap. How would you use that amount of cash, no strings attached? Go for it. Dream! Some of us might finance a new car for reliable, stylish transportation. The more…

Travel and Make Money

By Robert Martin, reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a…

Order Out of Chaos

By David Williamson. I was reflecting on the early chapters of Genesis from a faith and work, theology of work perspective this past week, thinking about how God uses our work to bring order out of chaos, when we began experiencing racial unrest across the globe. I thought of another, perhaps more basic way of understanding the process of God…

“I Can’t Breathe”: George Floyd, the Gospel and Our Response

By Chris Brooks, reprinted from Made to Flourish; this article originally appeared at woodsidebible.org. Last week, I lost my breath. My breathlessness came because of watching the now viral video of a man gasping for the desperately needed air his lungs begged for. He pleaded with the police officer whose knee was crushing his windpipe as he moaned out the words,…

What Does Justice Require?

Excerpt from Economic Wisdom for Churches. THESIS 50: Christians should be taught that if the pope knew about the exploitation practiced by the indulgence-preachers, he would burn the church of St. Peter to ashes rather than build it with the skin, flesh and bones of the sheep. Martin Luther, 95 Theses Jobs, poverty, globalization, environment, debt, racism, trade – does…

Showing Up – For Such a Time as This

By Demi Prentiss, reprinted from Living God’s Mission. Much of the world is sharing the experience of “sheltering in place” to “flatten the curve” in the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of us are dealing, simultaneously, with an unfamiliar cascade of emotions. Who would imagine looking to Harvard Business Review for guidance? So Scott Berinato’s recent HBR article was a surprising gift. “We feel the world has changed,…

COVID-19: Five Ways Your Church Can Respond

By Laura Haley, reprinted from The Chalmers Center. We’re all reeling from the changes the world has experienced almost overnight from the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition to the very real dangers the disease itself poses, the upending of our economic, social, and educational systems is taking a toll on us all. Even church services have been forced to move online,…

“We Stay at Work for You, Please Stay at Home for Us”

By Emma Matheson, reprinted from Ethos Engage.Mail. The author is a registered nurse with emergency specialization. She is also in her final year of a Master of Ministry degree at Morling College and a resident church planter at Earlwood Baptist Church, Sydney. The world we now live in is a dramatically different place to what it was a month ago.…