The Faith-Work Gap for Professional Women

Katelyn Beaty, of Christianity Today, challenges all of us to a new standard in how we as women think about ourselves, how the church thinks about women (regardless of its stance on women's ordination), and how men think about women professionally and in the church. These are challenges we all need to take more seriously. Many probably think the glass ceiling has been broken and that while there is room for improvement the progress that has been made over the years is fine. Unfortunately, this is just the latest iteration of the frog-in-the-kettle mindset.  

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Crosland Stuart
Can Ambition Be Good?

Ambition is a complicated word for many Christian women. On one hand, mainstream culture champions female ambition, telling women that with enough education, planning, and grit, women can do and be all that they want, without giving anything up along the way. In many church subcultures, on the other hand, women with professional ambitions are encouraged to sacrifice their desires, learn contentment, and instead focus on others. 

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Katelyn Beaty
Orlando: Did You Know?

What are the important components to a thriving economy for the Greater Orlando Community? What is currently fueling the market engine for Orlandoans? How might your business grow or be better positioned because of an understanding of our marketplace? Will deepening my knowledge economic drivers make me a better neighbor?

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Crosland Stuart
Can Any Good Come From the Commercialization of Easter?

Everyone would agree that the commercialization of all holidays is ridiculous, especially for Christmas. Often by the first week of December a holiday fatigued has already settled in, after all we have been seeing Christmas decorations in stores since October.  It is hard to see any good that comes from the commercialization of Christian holidays.

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Crosland Stuart
The Great Recession and the Faith and Work Movement

Ten years on from the Great Recession, the faith and work movement finds itself growing in momentum and impact. Alongside our effort are other movements that have challenged our collective sense of America and how she is governed: the unique candidacies of Barack Obama and Donald Trump, the #metoo movement, Marches for Women, the Tea Party, Black Lives Matter, and more.

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Case Thorp
Never Underestimate the Power of Kindness

Women in jail have such tremendous needs. They face such complex situations. Criminal charges. Poverty. Abuse. Addiction. Homelessness. These women needed lawyers, doctors, addiction specialists, and social workers. I spent 5 years as a volunteer chaplain in the Seminole County Jail, and many days I would walk out of the jail with an overwhelming sense that I had not done enough.

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Leigh Swanson
Is Your Work Spiritual Enough?

This is a great question that most of us have asked ourselves at some point or another.  This question gets traction with us because we do not understand work and the One who designed us for it. This week The Collaborative is launching its Vocational Guild Initiative. Our launch week includes three events that are serving as primers to help people understand guilds and why they are worthy of our time. While grossly, oversimplified one of the reasons vocational guilds are important is to answer the question this week's article by Art Lindsley is asking—Is your work spiritual enough? 

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Crosland Stuart
3 Spiritual Dangers of Productivity

I must admit that I am drawn to anything that can improve my productivity. However, I am also painfully aware of my sinful heart which makes me keenly interested in Daniel Patterson's article included below. Patterson, the chief of staff of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, brings to our attention three powerful cautionary points in our quest to squeeze more out of every day.

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Crosland Stuart
You Gotta Ask Yourself One Question

Have you ever been enjoying a conversation, and someone brings up a hot new show that you did not know existed? Of course, everyone else knows about it. Characters and terms you have not even heard of start flying around the room, and you have no hope of catching them. All you can do is duck and get of out of the way of the hype plane.

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P.J. Wehry
Older Entrepreneurs Do It Better

Last weekend's Wall Street Journal featured a fascinating article, by Carl Schramm, that certain bucks the prevailing thought about innovation and creativity. While this article does not discuss all the implications, the observations of this article certainly raises interesting questions when you think about corporate America being incubators for innovation. Carl Schramm is a professor at Syracuse University.  

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Crosland Stuart
The Power of Expression: A Goofy Looking Dog

 In the book Anansi Boys, Anansi, the African god of storytelling, is sitting on his front porch in Florida (he’s retired) when he notices a prize-winning dog strutting back and forth on the lawn across the street. It’s a boxer with all the proud defining characteristics of its breed.

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P.J. Wehry
We Should All Be Bus Drivers

I decided this morning that the bus drivers are my favorite working citizens in the District. They good-naturedly wait for me when I, all but, sprint across the crosswalk to board the bus on time. They don't seem to hold it against me that I forget to buzz my card when I finally do make it on.

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Anna Bret Allen
Should Our Goal Be to Create Jobs at All Costs?

Dr. Anne Bradley, Vice President of Economic Initiatives at the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, helps us to better understand economics 101 when it comes to the relationship between creating wealth and creating jobs. Job creation is a hot political talking point and constantly in the news.

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Crosland Stuart
Economic Liberty Benefits the Least the Most

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, where he specializes in foreign policy and civil liberties.  In the article below, he promotes economic liberty (a.k.a. capitalism) as a means by which the least of these can benefit. On the cusp of Congress passing a major tax overhaul, regardless of your politics, there is a lot of discussion about economics.We live in a world of exploding opportunities and growing challenges. New technologies are transforming our lives. Despite intermittent economic and financial crises, residents of the West live better than any other people at any other point in human history. Many people in the East, and increasingly in Latin America and Africa as well, are joining them.

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Crosland Stuart
Why is a $15 toy selling for $5,000?

This article below by Jim Denison is interesting because not only does it reveal the subtleties by which greed can become an acceptable standard, but it also shows that recognizing this vice for what it is can be difficult especially when it is cloaked in technological advances. Greed is powerful and a destroyer of virtue. Denison offers some helpful suggestions on how we can improve our spiritual fitness in this area.

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Crosland Stuart
Creativity Is Your Call. Restoration Is Your Purpose.

So often creativity is relegated to something pertaining to the arts. However, creativity is one of God's gifts he has freely given to all. It is a gift that is often misunderstood and under utilized. In the article below Art Lindsley helps to move us closer to embracing this blessing while challenging us to use it.

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Crosland Stuart
EDITORIAL: WE BELIEVE IN INSTITUTIONS

James K.A. Smith has an amazing way of tapping into our inherent design, calling it to the forefront of our conversation, and helping us to understand how we are further cultivating the virtue of it or working to destroy it. In the article below he discusses the importance of institutions and how our actions are either about bolstering them or tearing them a part. His insight in so many areas is one of the blessings God has given to the Evangelical world.

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Crosland Stuart
Work Songs

"Remember,” he said, with a twinkle in his eye: “we’re trying to reach hearts and minds—not minds and hearts.”

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Josh Good
Little Man, Big Idea

In our increasingly secularized culture, you and I feel the pressure to isolate our faith, to keep it on the backburner. Out of sight. The broader culture doesn’t much care what we believe in the privacy of our own hearts, but we dare not bring our faith out in public. 

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Robert Wolgemuth