Category: Unsolved Problems

I Desire This For My Sisters, Too: Book Review of A Woman’s Place by Katelyn Beaty

By Melissa Lee Emerson When my pastor mentioned that he had just read and endorsed a manuscript about women and work, I naturally had to ask him to tell me more. I almost stopped listening after he told me that the title was A Woman’s Place, but I stomached the visceral reaction, asked for an extra dose of grace, and…

A Kingdom Graceful for Love, Part II

By Greg Forster: part ten of a series. In my last post I talked about how the underlying theology of accommodation paradigm churches leads to pseudo-pragmatism. Here are three specific ways accommodation paradigm churches can overcome this: The Past: One of the clearest identifying marks of the three paradigms is how they think about the American experiment in freedom and…

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…

Missionaries in a Mercenary World: Negotiating faith-work boundaries in the workplace

In my previous posts in this series I talked about the character of the Mercenary, which reflects the new norm of apprehensive individualism in global corporate culture. In the next few posts I want to examine how Christians working in global corporations integrate (and segment) their faith in such environments. Subsequently I will return to consider the factors that generate…

What if this had been me? A gendered analysis of the funniest video ever (and its implications for women at work)

Reprinted from The Anxious Bench with permission. We though this post was interesting in light of earlier reflections we’ve posted here regarding how the faith and work movement needs to think about gender (here and here for starters.) By Kristin Du Mez By now, I’m sure you’ve all seen this video. If you haven’t, here you go. You’re welcome. I could write…

Even Jesus Wasn’t Always Spiritual: Do We Need a Theology of Boredom?

By Adam Roe I was recently sitting around the house on a Saturday afternoon in my customary t-shirt, socks, and boxers. It was one of those days when in a pinch I’d throw on shorts or jeans, but unless you’re answer-the-door-worthy, my attire isn’t changing. I flipped through TV channels and found a University of Kentucky game. I grabbed a…