Work from the Beginning: Genesis 3

By David Williamson, part four of a series. We are now somewhere in the middle of a deadly world-wide virus – a pandemic. As I read Genesis 3, I am aware that Genesis 3 introduces a deadly virus into the high view of work introduced in Genesis 1 and 2. Unfortunately, much of what people experience in their work, “reality now”…

The Ministry of Reconciliation: Workplaces and Racial Injustice

By John Terrill, reprinted from Made to Flourish. As pastors, we can forget that the American workplace – in addition to the local church – might be one of the most important settings to prompt enduring change with respect to racial equality. Institutions engender commitment, demand results and challenge us to rebuild vital social capital that has been lost in…

Changing the “Standard Story” of Microfinance

Reprinted from the Chalmers Center. Maria walked to the front of God’s Compassion Church of Manila and testified, “My child would have died had it not been for the help of the members of the savings group. I was able to get a loan for the medicine, and they also prayed for me and visited my sick child.” Maria sat…

Learning from Lean, Part 3

By Andrew Parris and Don Pope, reprinted from Christian Business Review. Citations have been omitted. Part three of a series. We propose seven principles of Lean that make it more understandable and applicable to a wider variety of organizations, along the lines of those cited above who studied the origins of Lean… 4. The Greatest Long-Term Gains Are Achieved Incrementally and Continuously While…

The Changing World of Work

By Jeff Haanen, reprinted from the Denver Institute for Faith and Work. Part one of two. It was the second week of the pandemic. Late March 2020. I was driving back home from the office, trying to figure out what this would mean for Denver Institute, and for my own work. As I headed south on Santa Fe, just across…

Race in the Workplace

By Fletcher Lowe, reprinted from Living God’s Mission. We at Partners for Baptismal Living have been exploring how race impacts our daily lives. There is a major contrast. Here are conversations with two African Americans. A former CEO of a large Richmond, VA hospital said that white privilege is subtlety present as he interacts with white folks in the workplace.…

Boundaries at Work

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. Part one of two; read part two here. In my Bible study group, we are working through the book Boundaries by Cloud & Townsend. The authors explain that boundaries are biblical limits that we are created with, and many issues that we suffer from are a result of us not establishing boundaries, or other…

Review: Economic Dignity

By David Gill, reprinted from The 313. Gene Sperling was director of the National Economic Council under both President Obama (2011–2014) and President Clinton (1997–2001). Sperling is the author of The Pro-Growth Progressive (2005); co-author of What Works in Girls’ Education: Evidence for the World’s Best Investment (2004, 2016); founded the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution; has been a senior economic…

Working with Non-Believers

By Jim Grubs, reprinted from Minding the Gap.  Throughout history, there is the theme of sacred and secular. However, there have, and continue to be, a stream of people (among them Francis of Assisi) who say “Given the belief that God created all there is and God is sovereign; then, there can be no sacred and secular – all is…

Seminary Spotlight: Asbury Theological Seminary

By Jay Moon, reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. Note: Appropriately for the new pandemic reality, this spotlight update comes to you via Zoom video. A transcript, with links to the resources discussed in the video, is provided below. Transcript Hello, I’m Jay Moon, one of the directors of the Office of Faith, Work and Economics at Asbury Theological Seminary in…