The church–an employment agency?

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What if we spent the same amount of time, effort, and resources helping a man or woman find and keep a job as we do handing out clothes on a Saturday morning? What would that do? [Read more...]

Trafficking and the common good

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If you can force me to work – or not to work, as is often the case – you enslave me. If you can take away the fruits of my work at will, you enslave me. If you can take away my home at will, you enslave me. If you can arbitrarily prevent me from buying what I need, or selling what I make, in an open marketplace, you enslave me. This is exactly what the powerful do to the powerless every day around the world. [Read more...]

Lessons from excavators: a post from a Kern Pastor

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Every vocation is so dependent on the economy that if I’m going to pastor my people to think about their work biblically, I must see how their lives are intertwined with everyone else’s. [Read more...]

The end of urban ministry

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Although it is often equated with neighborhood improvement, in reality gentrification is a process of class transformation: it is the remaking of working-class space to serve the needs of middle- and upper-class people. [Read more...]


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