Category: Resource Reviews

Review: The Job – Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change

By David Gill, reprinted from The 313. Ellen Ruppel Shell is professor of journalism at Boston University and a widely-published author. The Job is one of the very best books (of many dozens) assessing the changing work and employment scene. Part One is about “Our National Jobs Disorder.” It used to be argued that technology is flattening organizations and has liberating, empowering…

Review: Workers on Arrival

By David Gill, reprinted from The 313. Workers On Arrival: Black Labor in the Making of America by Joe William Trotter, Jr.(University of California, 2019) Joe William Trotter, Jr., is distinguished professor of history at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. Workers on Arrival is a superb, meticulously researched account of the contributions and challenges of black workers throughout American history. The focus here is not all…

Trinitarian Ministry in Daily Life

By Demi Prentiss, reprinted from Living God’s Mission. Trinity Sunday – observed across many Christian denominations last Sunday – usually focuses on the ineffable trinitarian identity of the God we worship. “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty” is often the theme song of the day’s observances.  It’s unusual to hear any reference in Trinity Sunday liturgies to the oh-so-everyday-ness of…

David Gill’s Review of Redeeming Capitalism by Kenneth Barnes

By David W. Gill, reprinted from The 313. Ken Barnes is Mockler-Phillips Professor of Workplace Theology and Business Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Seminary in the Boston area. Ken has an impressive record of academic study and achievement in both theology and economics – and an equally impressive track record “in the trenches” of leadership in both the business world and the church world.…

Finding God’s Purpose: Review of An Uncommon Guide to Retirement by Jeff Haanen

Earlier this summer, I joined the launch team for Jeff Haanen’s An Uncommon Guide to Retirement with the goal of getting a review out to you all on this blog as part of the book’s launch. Unfortunately I then broke my nose, which is not a recommended productivity technique – so now I am late to the party. Sorry, Jeff! If you…

On Not Two Kuypers: A Review of Abraham Kuyper’s Honey from the Rock

By Andrew M. McGinnis Review of Abraham Kuyper, Honey from the Rock: Daily Devotions from Young Kuyper, translated by James A. De Jong (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2018). P. xviii – 741. In the academic world there are several well-known “twoness theses”—arguments by scholars that there are in one historical person two identifiable and contradictory lines of thought that warrant depicting…

Vocational Discipleship: A Universal Desire Among Workers

Reprinted from Made to Flourish. Made to Flourish editor’s note: Barna Group just released a new study, Christians at Work, which explores how Christians relate to their workplace lives, and how their faith intersects with the rest of their lives. One main theme of this research centers around vocational discipleship. Made to Flourish executive director, Matt Rusten, sat down with Barna…

Book Review: The Artist and the Trinity

On any list of my favorite authors, Dorothy Sayers is near the top. I’ve been a fan, especially of Lord Peter and Harriet Vane, for years. I still remember walking into a used book store Before the Internet to see if they had any more copies of her mysteries. When I told the proprietor what I was searching for, he…

Book Review: Suicide of the West

Our society is sick. The United States is obviously in tumult with sharp divisions between Red and Blue with the litmus test being which political party one thinks is treasonous. Surely there is some mush in the middle, but it would be a happier world if the simplistic generalization were farther from the truth. And, though the unhappiness of our…