How does one combat hurry in an age of busy? In Justin Whitmel Earley’s book The Common Rule readers get a glimpse of redeeming “hurry” that invades life—specifically in the way we approach work. Rather than falling into the bootstrap, self-help category, Earley’s work helps open our eyes to the habits, liturgies, and rhythms that are directly and indirectly shaping our lives.
Most of our associations with technological advances are accepted as generally positive and hopeful. But with advances in artificial intelligence (AI), there are growing concerns over whether the certain potential dangers to society may outweigh the benefits.
By 2035, Americans of retirement age will exceed the number of people under age 18 for the first time in U.S history. But today a growing number of baby Boomers – both Christians and their neighbors – are discontent with current cultural assumptions about retirement.
As we read through Paul’s words to the Ephesians in chapter two, I’m reminded of the precious and dignifying status that comes with being Christ’s workmanship. We see that Christians are not only ascended to a place of glory by Christ, but that we have been, in Christ, “created for good works … that we should walk in them.”
How will the Church in the 21st century “equip the saints for works of service” (Eph. 4:12) for the vast challenges we face? This can seem overwhelming. But then I remember that God’s people are touching every area of our cities through their daily work.
We’ve all seen it growing, used it, and may even have found ourselves offering our own labor and services as part of it. The Gig Economy. While great strides are being made in the industry, it also begs the question for faithful Christians on how the benefits can be weighed over concerns of destructive impact to flourishing in God’s economy.
In her book Kingdom Calling, Amy Sherman lays out a vision for the coming kingdom of God expressed and ushered in through a co-laboring with God in our daily work. Throughout the book Sherman reframes the notion that “the kingdom of God is both something that is now and not yet.”
While it would be easily to overlook the value behind the letter of the law set in place here in Leviticus, the principle spirit of creating means to care for the sojourner can help us approach our blessings with open hands, knowing Christ is the true giver of all good gifts, and thus worthy of glory, honor, and praise.
In God’s economy, His people are always blessed to then turn around and be a blessing to the world. This is fundamental to the mission of God. So what does it mean to steward blessings for the benefit not only of God and myself but also my neighbor?
We at CFWLA are celebrating this season of advent expectation with a four-part series of devotionals that seek to honestly acknowledge the depth of our brokenness and the far-reaching hope of the gospel, specifically in the work we engage with every day. You can read the devotional series below in its entirety.
We look to the First Advent as a reminder and guarantee that the Second Advent is surely coming soon. It will be an eternity of work without thorns and spotless intimacy with God and neighbor. But today, we work with excellence and love one another because the Spirit makes us alive and helps us every step of the way.
Advent reminds us that the Lord is present, and he keeps us. Because he keeps us, our suffering leads to steadfastness. We are able to rejoice in our vocational trials and tribulations because we worship a Savior who suffered and uses suffering for great good even when we can’t understand it in the moment.
Can you see God’s fingerprints in the small moments of today, even in the midst of the crazy? Courtney Davis, a professor at Azusa Pacific University, offers some gospel insight into reframing your view on rest and work while offering a theology for finishing your year and your work well.
As part of our mission to transform our relationship to work, we desire to pass along recommended resources in the faith and work field when we come across new materials. Below are a few books and podcasts we’ve been listening to lately that we think can encourage you in your day-to-day work.
Alan Noble’s Disruptive Witness has been a hot topic in some evangelical circles. I appreciate the book because it breaks down the complex and often quoted ideas of Charles Taylor into manageable pieces that I can actually understand.
Recently the research firm Barna Group released a massive study on the current state of faith and work integration for Christians. Below we have distilled a few major takeaways from the study as you contextualize this data and apply it in your churches, workplaces, and public squares.
God loves people and humanity’s migration toward densely populated urban areas has been accelerating dramatically the past 20 years. So what can we do to best love God and our neighbor through our cities? Pastors Stephen Um and Justin Buzzard offer some very helpful guidance.
I recently came across a wonderful book by Stephen Um and Justin Buzzard called Why Cities Matter: To God, the Culture, and the Church, which builds off Tim Keller’s Center Church and is helping me see God’s heart and plan for the city.
Scott Kruse is an actor and writer in Los Angeles and a 2018 Framework alumnus. He believes stories are a beautiful way to embrace and understand what it means to be human. He has just starred in and produced his first feature film, Man Camp, premiering in 2019.
When Christians think of Hollywood as an industry, the last thing that comes to mind for many is a group of “divine image-bearers wonderfully expressing their creative giftedness for God’s glory.” But what if our view of Tinsel Town is skewed?
In a me-first culture, acts of selflessness register all the more precious in our psyche. May we all seek to be the type of people in our vocations who support, uplift, and affirm everyone on our team who labor with us.
As part of the Center for Faith & Work Los Angeles' dedication to transforming our relationship to work, fostering human flourishing, and renewing Los Angeles, we're inviting co-laborers to join us as an official City Partner.
Andy Bales is on a mission. After serving for years in vocational ministry as a pastor, Bales is now on the front lines of the homelessness epidemic in Los Angeles. “We speak up for people experiencing homelessness,” says Bales.
Last week "The Cosby Show" star Geoffrey Owens made headlines after responding resiliently to critics after photos surfaced of Owens working at Trader Joe's. “There is no job that is better than another job," Owens said.