The Reformation, Evangelicals, & the Trumpian Age

Protestant Christianity celebrates 500 years of ministry on October 31. On this day in 1517 the German friar Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to Wittenberg’s cathedral door. Luther’s theses exposed theological fault lines placing him and his fellow reformers at odds with the Roman Catholic Church. Today Protestant evangelicals, likewise, are discovering new theological fault lines among themselves. Ironically, these differences emerge from the same reforms Luther initiated.

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Case Thorp
Guided By Faith, Not Culture

Meet Patti Rader who is embarking on her own leap of faith.  Several years ago, after much prayer and consideration, she believed that God was calling her out of ministry and to join her husband in the business world. In many Christian circles this kind of move would be criticized and while maybe not said out loud this decision would illicit much judgement. Of course then, there are others who would not understand.

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Crosland Stuart
If God’s a Worker, What Kind of Work Does He Do?

 Let's be honest, some days it is hard to understand what our jobs or daily activities have to do with God's redemptive work or plan or purpose. There is a small percentage of folks who have jobs that neatly fit the categories we can easily conjure up like ministry related work, pastors, missionaries, etc. However, for the rest of us at times it can be a struggle.

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Russell Gehrlein
Great Is Thy Faithfulness...

In the midst of the hum of generators, the buzzing of chainsaws, and the miserable humidity, Floridians are beginning the painstaking process of putting their lives back together after Hurricane Irma. These can be challenging days especially if you are one of the 65% of Floridians who do not have power.

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Crosland Stuart
There's Nothing Ordinary About You

“I’m useless. I don’t have any gifts or talents to offer,” one woman told me during a vocational profile with her. Surprisingly, many people feel this way. Many of us have lost our sense of dignity and self-worth. As a result, we are blind to our own inherent creativity and God-given talents. If we fail to see and believe in the dignity of ourselves and every human being, we will struggle to contribute to God’s call to creativity.

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Art Lindsley
Common Ground—Possibility or Pipe Dream?

Forty percent of Americans believe that those with opposing political views pose a threat to the nation. In many ways, we are more divided than ever before: from race, to women’s rights, to conservative and liberal policies. But when we focus on differences it’s impossible to move toward creating community.

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An Old Fashioned Ribbing

Majority Whip, Rep. Steve Scalise, is gunned down at a baseball game. A Congressman playing America's favorite pastime is shot for his political positions? America is ill. Case Thorp calls for a renewed citizenry. 

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Case Thorp
Social Justice Isn't What You Think It Is

Today, many people justify actions or an argument under the mantle of “social justice.” In many of these cases, however, the term social justice remains undefined. It becomes a blunt force instrument to support actions that on the surface may seem compassionate, but in reality may be unhealthy or even destructive.

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Andrew Spencer
Why Going to Church Reduces Stress

You might be wondering what does this particular blog have to do with The Collaborative or at the very least thinking this article seems to be a little out of our mainstream.  At first glance you would be correct, however, upon closer examination the broader important themes begin to emerge as well as the relationship to matters of faith and work.

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Jim Denison
When Is Water-Cooler Chit Chat Gossip? (And How to Avoid It.)

An article in The Wall Street Journal explored the dilemma of gossip in the workplace. Entitled They’re Gossiping About You: Strategies to Silence the Office Rumor Mill; the Talk Can Even Work in Your Favor, the article chronicles just that. Complete with winsome pictures and flow charts, Sue Shellenbarger’s column gives the following advice to frustrated nine-to-fivers:

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Caroline Cross