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Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Economy, Work | 0 comments

The Healing Power of Economics (Christianity Today Book Review)

The Healing Power of Economics (Christianity Today Book Review)

  The so-called “dismal science” is a powerful tool for wealth creation, but also for healing broken communities. I open my car door, sit down, and turn the key. Carefully balancing my coffee, I put my foot on the brake, shift into reverse, and gently press the gas pedal as I pull out of my driveway on my way to work. As I head down South Broadway, I remember a quip my undergraduate economics professor once made: “The economy is like a car engine. Most of us don’t understand what’s happening under the hood. We just hit the gas and hope it works.” We seldom pause to appreciate the vast ecosystem of buying, selling, labor, and wealth creation that makes up the modern economy. Most of us take its benefits for granted. I simply expect restaurants to have food, water to flow from my faucet, and my car engine to start when I turn the key. Yet the reason we have everything from SUVs to grande peppermint mochas is...

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Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in business, Work | 0 comments

The Four Postures Toward Faith in the Workplace

The Four Postures Toward Faith in the Workplace

By Jeff Haanen How do should I think about the role of faith in my company? How do corporations in America today handle issues surrounding spirituality in the workplace? I recently had this conversation with David Miller who leads Princeton University’s Faith at Work Initiative and is the author of God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement (Oxford University Press, 2011). He’s been asking these questions for decades and has worked with everybody from Tyson Foods to, more recently, the executive team at Citigroup. As a trained ethicist, he often is called in to field thorny moral questions among America’s corporate elite (The Banker Turned Seminarian Trying to Save Citigroup’s Soul, Wall Street Journal). But he’s also a trusted voice among Fortune 500 CEOs on the role faith should – and should not – play in the workplace. David has proposed a simple model that I find incredibly helpful, especially for leaders of publicly traded companies or companies with co-founders or investors who...

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Posted by on Oct 30, 2017 in Education | 0 comments

“Waiting for Superman”: Tenure, Unions and a Real Superhero

“Waiting for Superman”: Tenure, Unions and a Real Superhero

  Anybody with even a cursory interest in the 57 million children in America’s public school system should see the 2011 documentary Waiting for Superman.  Davis Guggenheim’s documentary on failing American public schools succeeds on many levels. First, it’s a helpful overview to how the school system works.  The complexities of federal, state and local power in public schools are made clear, and quirks like the tenure system in K-12 education are brought to light.  Second, it succeeds emotionally.  Following the stories of five families from low income areas, and their struggles to provide a decent education for their aspiring children, had my wife and I at the edge of our seats at the conclusion of the movie. Third, it succeeds as polemic.  The film is obviously biased against teacher’s unions and in favor of charter schools and other public school alternatives.  But it is biased with good reason.  And this is the point of this posting: introducing competition, even mild competition, to the school system will reap great benefits...

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Posted by on Oct 23, 2017 in Education | 0 comments

Developing Grit…and Character

Developing Grit…and Character

  A 2011 article in the New York Times Magazine highlighted Riverdale Country School in New York City, and their eccentric headmaster Dominic Randolph. Riverdale is a “TT” (Top-tier) private school, whose tuition begins at $38,000 for prekindergarten, and commonly sends graduates to Harvard, Princeton and Yale. Yet when Randolph came to Riverdale, he immediately did away with AP classes, encouraged teachers to limit the amount of homework they assign, and cut many standardized tests for admissions. According to Randolph, the missing piece to the Riverdale curriculum was character. His curiosity in character development led him to meet with Martin Seligman, one of the founders of the Positive Psychology movement and professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and David Levin, founder of the KIPP network of charter schools, primarily for students in low-income urban areas. Levin had stressed character for years in the KIPP movement: walls are decorated with slogans like “Work hard,” “Be nice,” and “There are no shortcuts.” Seligman, on the other hand, had written an 800-page...

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Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Art, vocation | 0 comments

“Every Mother Every Father” – Work Songs: The Porter’s Gate Worship Project

“Every Mother Every Father” – Work Songs: The Porter’s Gate Worship Project

    “Every Mother Every Father” [Verse] Every mother, every father Called to raise up sons or daughters May your heart be patient May your mind be clear May our God be with you And calm your fears [Interlude] [Verse] Every mother, every father Called to raise up sons or daughters May your heart be patient And may your mind be clear May our God be with you And calm your...

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