The Death of Expertise as a Decline of Trust

"When we trust our feelings more than anything else, we stop trusting expert knowledge. And it could kill us." This is the sentiment that Tom Nichols and James K.A. Smith discuss in the Spring 2017 issue of Comment Magazine.

Crosland Stuart
Stanley Needs a Job

The Polis Institute's, Phil Hissom, points out the difference between job programs and getting a specific person a job. Huge difference.

Case Thorp
Answering Doubts

No matter how confident we are, none of us is immune from feelings of inadequacies in our work. Questions stream into our consciousness without notice:  Am I up for the task? Is my life a disappointment to God? Am I meeting expectations? What is God doing in my life? Does my work have meaning?

Crosland Stuart
Debunk the Secular Mindset of Work

We all share in our universal struggle for meaningful lives that fulfill a purpose, while at the same time give us the fruit of a flourishing life, namely, contentment.  The problem is most of us go about our pursuit in all the wrong ways.

Crosland Stuart
Wanted: A Meaningful Job

If you’ve read anything about millennials in the past five years, you know they desire meaningful work. As described previously on this blog, this desire can be a significant source of anxiety as they hunt for jobs.

Crosland Stuart
Interview: How God Helped Me Write My TED Talk

The following entry is a wonderful expression of faith and work coming together as they should in the lives of both women featured.  Tami Kaiser in her capacity with Women Doing Well conducted an interview with Julie Colombino, who founded REBUILD.

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A Technological Confession

The Collaborative was energized by our visit from Andy Crouch in February. The author, blogger, and presenter executed twelve speaking engagements in five short days! Every audience he touched, whether they be seminary professors, faith and work leaders in Orlando, or the masses, Andy Crouch presented complex ideas in a simple format that touched the heart. I have been surprised, gratified, and moved by the resulting conversations he sparked that continue today.

Case Thorp
America Needs Work

Last December, with a push from President-elect Donald Trump, Carrier Corporation decided to retain around eight hundred jobs in Indiana that it had slated to shift to Mexico. Commentators from George Will to James Pethokoukis and the Wall Street Journal criticized the episode as a violation of market principles. Larry Summers called it an ominous shift from “rule of law capitalism” to “ad hoc deal capitalism.”

Crosland Stuart
Too Easily Pleased

There are two fundamental truths about who we are in our very being that are at odds with one another. We are both made in God’s image, reflecting something about him and his glory in a way that makes us feel alive and important, and we are sinful, which often results in despair as we realize that even your best moments are tainted with selfish desires and our worst moments are almost unbearable to think about. 

Andrew Smith
America! America!

It had been a long glorious morning full of adrenaline, symbolism, and splendid pomp and circumstance. Then we sang the second stanza of the hymn “America the Beautiful.”...I sat mere feet from the most powerful and controversial person in the world, President Trump.

Case Thorp
Redemptive Resolutions

The sugarplums have danced, presents are unwrapped (some even returned), trash cans are bulging along with our waistlines, and there are three days remaining in 2016. Now that we have finished our Christmas lists, most Americans turn to compiling a list of New Year's resolutions. 

Crosland Stuart
Do Your Spirits Need Reviving?

As mentioned last week singing familiar songs can become monotonous and it was this very problem that inspired Isaac Watts to pen Joy to the World.  For believers thoughts and celebrations of Christmas should always done in light of the cross.  Without the birth of Christ there would be no resurrection of Christ.  It is this joy that is celebrated in the beloved hymn of Joy to the World. 

Crosland Stuart
The Little Drummer Boy Got it Right

Music and specifically carols are such a wonderful part of the Christmas season.  Like anything else, singing very familiar songs can become rote, but beginning today I would encourage you to really pay attention to the lyrics.  So many of them are full of rich reminders of the true meaning of Christmas-the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Crosland Stuart
The Abundant Life

We are all striving for the elusive "abundant life" or longing to flourish. The culture defines this as success in terms of power, position, and wealth. It should be no surprise that this is not how Christ describes success.

Crosland Stuart
We Are All Economists

We all think economically, Christians included, whether or not we know it. We all make choices about how to obtain and spend scarce resources. Most of us also care deeply about how to deal with scarcity, distribute wealth, and maximize prosperity throughout our society. The only difference is how clearly we think through these choices and valuations.

Crosland Stuart
Thanksgiving vs Thanks-Living

Charles Spurgeon says, "I think that is a better thing than thanksgiving: thanks-living. How is this to be done? By a general cheerfulness of manner, by an obedience to the command of Him by whose mercy we live, by a perpetual, constant delighting of ourselves in the Lord, and by a submission of our desires to His will."

Crosland Stuart
Technology Is Shaping Your Spiritual Life

Technology is so much a part of our lives that we often do not realize its impact. It certainly is not all bad, but technology does seem to be one of those areas that we tend to be a bit careless about and underestimate its influence on our lives.  One of The Collaborative's mantra is to be more intentional about everything we do and technology is no exception.

Crosland Stuart