After spending some time with Andy Crouch’s book, Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power, I found it helpful to reflect on some of Crouch’s lessons in the book and see the overlaps with our daily work. Crouch focuses his work on the heart of power: its inherent goodness, its corrupting nature, and the Christian’s role as an image bear of God in redeeming and reimagining the way they steward the power they are entrusted.
We can all agree that juggling the demands of competing expectations on our time, our priorities, our values, our relationships, our play, and our work creates inner tension. But what might it look like to live more wholly in every facet of life? Fortunately, there are ways to understand the impact of our fractured lives and reduce this tension of living in and out of the different contexts we experience each day.
What would our work look like if job-shaming was replaced by job-praising? What would it look like to help others see “every honest labor” as “contributing to the perfect fellowship of God’s kingdom?” Our theology of work must expand if we truly seek for it to be “on earth as it is in heaven.” (Mt. 6:10).
Andrew McGregor is using his Christian faith to reimagine high school mathematics, one tiny house at a time. Through a new effort in his role as a Mathematics and Civil Engineering + Architecture Teacher at DaVinci Science in Los Angeles, McGregor is helping students build an actual tiny house as part of their educational experience.
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.
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.
A key point in Oren Cass’ The Once and Future Worker is that we need to pay much more attention to the impact of the worker through the introduction of new technologies in industry and, more importantly, the need to foster overall economic growth and opportunity to offset the negative impacts.
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.
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.
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.