A Seminary Snubs a Presbyterian Pastor
Wanted: A Meaningful Job
Originally published in the Wall Street Journal, Case Thorp reflects on Princeton Theological Seminary's rescission of the prestigious Kuyper Prize from Tim Keller, a move rooted in fear, identity theology, and the lack of Biblical unity.
Interview: How God Helped Me Write My TED Talk
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.
The Collaborative & Ticonderoga Pencils: Tools for the Common Good of Orlando
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.
A Technological Confession
The Ticonderoga pencil is a simple tool for writing. To its manufacturers, it is the “the #1, most recognized, and revered pencil throughout America and the world.” A bit plucky for a pencil, perhaps?
For our work at The Collaborative, the Ticonderoga pencil is an instrument that signifies much of what we aim to achieve.
America Needs Work
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.
Too Easily Pleased
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.”
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.
Star Wars & The Bible
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.
One Hell of a Year for #GenXers
The recent release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story helped me illustrate for a friend how to know the Bible.
How will Miley Cyrus, the Notorious RBG, Hunger Games, ISIS, Hamilton the Musical, and Obama shape 2046 for better or worse?
Do Your Spirits Need Reviving?
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.
The Little Drummer Boy Got it Right
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.
The Abundant Life
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.
We Are All Economists
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.
Thanksgiving vs Thanks-Living
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.
Technology Is Shaping Your Spiritual Life
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."
Faith, Work & Art?
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.
"Taking Time for Beauty and Wonder" a sermon by Dr. David D. Swanson
The work of the artist should be squarely in the faith and work conversation. For art is an expression of God’s missional work. Both artistic citizens and art itself help build the common good.
Why Art Should Matter to Christians
Dr. David Swanson, pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, preaches on the significance of beauty in God's design and art as beauty's delivery vehicle.
What a great question! Should art matter to Christians? This is a topic that can be difficult to get our minds around, but that does not negate the need for us to explore the subject more intentionally.