Should I Watch TV to Connect with Colleagues? – Christian Article

Is watching trash TV a sin? My husband describes ABC’s The Bachelor as “relationship porn.” But at my work, everyone watches reality shows, so it’s an easy way to both connect with my colleagues and discuss an alternative Christian viewpoint on relationships. In addition, my Reformed upbringing includes phrases like “common grace.” Are there some areas of media we should avoid altogether for our own godliness, even if it means giving up a possible avenue of connection? First, let me…

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Why Robot Commercials Creep Us Out – Christian Article

You might have noticed a recent trend in commercials: robots. It was a noticeable theme among Super Bowl ads this year. From Intuit’s RoboChild to SimpliSafe’s robopocalypse, these ads are playing on growing fears about technology and the rise of artificial intelligence: fears about losing jobs, feeling unsafe, being outsmarted, or being beaten in sports (as in Michelob’s Super Bowl ad). Fears about the technological future are nothing new, and they reveal more about us than what the future might…

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How America (and the Church) Can Support Blue-Collar Workers – Christian Article

In 2016, J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy [read TGC’s review] was hailed for explaining the “Trump voter” to The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times readers on the other side of America’s class chasm. Vance explained his family’s slide into dysfunction, aided in part by dried-up factory jobs. White-collar professionals far from Appalachia devoured the book and testified to their newfound empathy for the working class. Now meet Hillbilly’s wonkish cousin who works for a think tank, The…

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Want to Change the World? Invest in Institutions – Christian Article

It’s not uncommon for those keen to see social change or change within the church—people passionate about causes that matter to them—to dismiss institutions as enemies of their vision for the church or society. It’s often assumed that if you care deeply about social change, you are anti-institutions. If you really care about the church, for example, that means you care about “community” and people, not institutions. If you want to make a substantive difference in your town or city…

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How Are Those Resolutions Going? A Path for the Rest of 2019 – Christian Article

It’s the end of January, which means either you’re doing great with your resolutions, or you’ve already fallen off the wagon. Making New Year’s Resolutions is a venerable tradition, and it’s worthwhile to try to make proactive lifestyle changes. However, changing the way you think about resolutions might help them last through the year. By redefining them as milestones or markers on a journey, you can focus on the things that will help propel you through the year and whatever…

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Progress for Its Own Sake Isn’t Growth. It’s Cancer. – Christian Article

The other day I met with a friend going through a career transition. He’d just been let go by his employer. My friend had wanted to be a CFO since he was 12, and he had achieved that dream. But now he was being terminated. He glowed with joy. The path to a CFO position was rough on my friend and his family. His kids asked why he was never home. He went from companies with toxic cultures to companies…

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The Montreat Miracle – Christian Article

Five years ago, Montreat College in North Carolina was in serious trouble. “The cost of educating students is more than what tuition provides,” interim president Joe Kirkland told the Asheville Citizen-Times. Students couldn’t afford higher tuition. Government aid was down. And costs kept going up. As a result, expenses outweighed income by $300,000 in 2011 alone—significant in a budget of about $20 million. In 2012, the college laid off 29 full-time employees. In four years, enrollment plunged from 757 (2009)…

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I ‘Left’ the Global Poor to Serve the Global Poor – Christian Article

I went to graduate school to help the poor. I wanted to study economic development—to determine what causes poverty among the global poor and what can be done about it. More than any other field within economics, development seems to exist for the sole purpose of making the world a better place for those most in need. But after my first year of graduate school, I became a macroeconomist. Rather than study the forces directly affecting the poorest of the…

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