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.  The entire issue is dedicated to Trust: Renewing Our Social Fabric. Although the first part of this article is a little challenging, I would encourage you to stick with it because of the profound insight Nichols and Smith are surfacing.  Trust is a critical component to our lives. It is the thread that holds together the civility and common grace we enjoy in America.  And of course ultimately it is a must for our faith and “trust” in Jesus Christ. There are important ideas presented here for all of us to consider deeply.  

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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?

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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.

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Wanted: A Meaningful Job

Hugh Welchel, Executive Director of the Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics, in his article below once again gives us great insight into how we should thoughtfully reflect on our jobs.  His discussion gives us a helpful perspective and context by which we understand our common quest for meaningful work.  It may be that you are already engaged in meaningful work, but you have not realized it. 

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America Needs Work

Many conversations about work, particularly with regards to corporate decisions, seem to be about the dollars and cents of the bottom line.  No one is suggesting that profits are not an important part of one’s business plan. However, it should not be the only important concept driving decisions. The article below from the March issue of First Things offers a different perspective and one that should be more in the forefront of our thinking when faced with business decisions. Max Torres, the author of this article, reminds us that work is not just about income.  It is reinforcing what we already know to be true from Scripture and that is work is good.

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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.  Is this among your annual rituals? Personally, I feel an … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

WE ARE ALL ECONOMISTS

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday setting all kinds of sales records this year, it is hard to escape just how monetized the Christmas season has become. Whether or not you participated in these shopping extravaganzas, this time of year we are well aware of our personal economies as we make our lists and check … Read more

THANKSGIVING VS THANKS-LIVING

Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) was a British, Baptist preacher who was a great orator of his time and was known as the “Prince of Preachers.”  He remains popular today as he is well regarded and read across denominational lines especially among devotional readers and pastors.  If you have not read Spurgeon we would commend his Morning and … Read more