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Posted by on Oct 28, 2020 in Nonprofit, Work | 0 comments

Why Give? Kahlil Gibran on Generosity

Why Give? Kahlil Gibran on Generosity

Crammed in my drawer next to my bed are years of arts and crafts, given to me with almost ecstatic anticipation by my four daughters over the years. A Beauty and the Beast coloring page; a blue, yellow, and green woven bracelet; a pink and yellow glazed pot, just perfect for a few coins. In each instance, my daughters worked, wrapped, and then gave gifts to their daddy out of a freedom, delight, and self-forgetfulness.  Like my daughters, Americans are generous. Yet Americans aren’t exactly joyful. Today 3 of 5 Americans report being lonely and 1 in 6 struggle with mental illness. During the pandemic, as we see philanthropic needs mount, some are skeptical that generosity will really help the painful world we live in. Many are asking a basic question about their money: can my giving really make an impact on problems this big and far-reaching?  Motives for giving have shifted even in the past couple of decades. Fred Smith, president of the Gathering, a group of Christian philanthropists, has pointed out that a sophisticated industry has emerged...

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Posted by on Oct 15, 2020 in Work | 0 comments

What Is Denver Institute for Faith & Work?

What Is Denver Institute for Faith & Work?

The following is a brief introduction to my work at Denver Institute for Faith & Work that I gave at a recent fundraiser. It first appeared on the DIFW website. It doesn’t take much to make the case that the world is deeply broken.  Even as you read this, my guess is that today – in your own experience – you can feel the fallenness of our culture all around. From anger and fear in the news to our day-to-day experience of broken relationships, we know that something is amiss.  As the executive director and founder of Denver Institute for Faith & Work, I, too, feel that something is deeply wrong with the world. I’m often asked by donors, “What problem are you at Denver Institute trying to solve?” Let me try to answer by briefly sharing about the why, the how, and the what of our mission at Denver Institute. First, why? Take a moment to think about the ways you long for healing in our world today. We know that our society is deeply...

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Posted by on Aug 13, 2020 in Politics, Work | 0 comments

How Should Christians Think About Politics? 11 Insights from Reinhold Neibuhr

How Should Christians Think About Politics? 11 Insights from Reinhold Neibuhr

\ It’s hard to find the right metaphor for our current political moment. Are we in an echo chamber with megaphones? Are we, like a nuclear reaction, splitting atoms and roasting all our opponents? Or perhaps we’re more like vikings on social media: we land ashore, pillage and plunder all who oppose us, and then sail off once again to hang out with our village people. Whatever the metaphor, we’re in an election season, and the weight of pandemic-soaked culture is turning up the dial on every debate. How should people of Christian faith think about and respond to the politics of our day?  There are as many answers to that question as there are people, yet few have more insight than Reinhold Neibuhr. His book, Christian Realism and Political Problems, first penned in 1953, is a hidden gem. In his chapter on “The Christian Witness in the Social and National Order,” he masterfully diagnoses our situation, turns a critical eye toward secular society and then the church, before...

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Posted by on Jun 5, 2020 in business, Faith and Work Movement, Work | 0 comments

Business for the Common Good On-Demand

Business for the Common Good On-Demand

Today at Denver Institute we are launching Business for the Common Good On-Demand, a resource we are giving away to you for free. The videos and discussion guides address questions like: How do you determine if a business is successful? Is it reflected in a positive balance sheet, gleaming customer reviews, or a charismatic CEO? What if God measured success by a broader standard—by the way businesses help every employee, supplier, consumer, or community they touch to thrive? Business for the Common Good On-Demand features keynote presentations and panel discussions with industry leaders from finance, technology, sales, and the nonprofit sector. Featured presentations include: Work is a Way to Love Our Neighbor: Katherine Leary AlsdorfHow Faith Shapes Business: Jeff HaanenMy Life as a Christian, Investor, and Business Leader: Robert DollGenerous Business Practices: Aimee Minnich, Alan BarnhartWhole-Hearted Leadership: Lisa Slayton, David ParkFaith-Driven Investing: PanelSelling Christianly: PanelArtificial Intelligence: What Every Business Leader Must Know About New Technologies: Becker PolveriniThe Challenge and Opportunity of Global Business: PanelThe Future of Colorado’s Workforce: Hanna...

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Posted by on May 26, 2020 in Faith and Work Movement, Theology, Work | 0 comments

What does it really mean to integrate faith and work?

What does it really mean to integrate faith and work?

At Denver Institute, we have a straightforward answer to this question: our five guiding principles. Here’s how we measure effectiveness, plan programming, and organize our culture. I also think they’re helpful frameworks to help you think through just how your own deepest convictions might play out in your heart, mind, relationships, work, and involvement in culture. 1. Think theologically. Embracing the call to be faithful stewards of the mysteries of Christ, we value programs that enable men and women to verbally articulate how Scripture, the historic church, and the gospel of grace influence their work and cultural engagement. 2. Embrace relationships. Embracing the doctrine of the Trinity and the incarnation, we value convening face-to-face conversations, building long-term friendships, and investing in deep relationships among individuals, organizations, and churches. 3. Create good work. Embracing God’s own creation and the hope of the resurrection, we value programs that lead to Spirit-filled action and significant new projects that serve as a sign and foretaste of God’s coming Kingdom. Embracing the parable of the talents, we value programs that...

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Posted by on May 12, 2020 in Nonprofit, Work | 0 comments

What we’re learning from SharetheStimulus.org

What we’re learning from SharetheStimulus.org

Due to the pandemic and the federal government’s response, about 150 million Americans are eligible to receive stimulus checks. Yet when my wife and I found out we were going to receive a check we started to ask: do we really need it all, or might we know somebody who needs it more? Several weeks ago, two friends and I in Denver hopped on a call to explore what we could do to help. After some back and forth, we decided to start a website called SharetheStimulus.org. The idea is simple: we’re asking people to make a pledge to give a portion of their stimulus check to any cause or person in need, go and make a donation, and then share the story with us. And it’s getting some traction. Here’s a story 303 magazine did about the movement. We’re now about 3 weeks into this project and here’s what we’ve learned. (1) People like giving in community rather than alone. As we reached out to individuals, churches, businesses...

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