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Labor Day

Emphasis on the kingdom, reign or rule of God ebbs and flows in Christian history. For example, Walter Rauschenbusch lamented in 1917 that the “individualistic theology” of his day “carefully wrapped in several napkins and forgot” the kingdom of God. A growing number of Christians now emphasize the pursuit of the common good through social […] Read More

A sermon by Randy Hyde, Pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock, Ar. September 1, 2013 1 Chronicles 15:25-28; John 6:25-34 Well, here we are, you and I, the remnant! Last week’s Centennial reunion celebration is one for the books, not to mention our congregational memory. Admittedly, today’s attendance hardly matches what we experienced a […] Read More

Walter Rauschenbusch (1861-1918) affirmed a deep relationship between his Christian faith and ordinary daily work. He was a bright student who quickly realized that seminary training (1883-86) in Bible, theology, church history and preaching did not prepare him to minister to his Baptist congregation of immigrant laborers who lived near Hell’s Kitchen in New York […] Read More

Labor Day is an often-neglected holiday in the local church. This is unfortunate as Labor Day weekend offers ministers an opportunity to discuss Christian perspectives on work. For example, church leaders could explore the biblical teachings on work and help congregants develop a “marketplace theology” in which vocations are understood as the unique ways we […] Read More

The CEOs of large American corporations made as much money in one day as the average worker earned over an entire year, according to an annual study timed for release around Labor Day. This year’s “Executive Excess” report by the Institute for Policy Studies and United for a Fair Economy, found top executives at 386 […] Read More

Labor Day is coming up. In the United States, as with most legally mandated Monday holidays, in the minds of most it has lost any inspirational significance and has become just another three-day weekend. In fact, its forgotten significance is buried deeper than the other Monday holidays. Many people who can tell you what Memorial […] Read More

Workers feel the American Dream is slipping away, according to a Labor Day survey commissioned by unions. A slim majority of workers, 51 percent, still believe the American Dream is attainable, according to the “American Dream Survey: Hope and Fear in Working America,” but more than a third (36 percent) either feel they cannot reach […] Read More

Labor Day anchors the last long weekend of summer. Vacations are ending—at least for some. The number of youthful, well-heeled retirees these days makes travel and leisure activities more year-round than in previous generations. Children and youth are heading back to school. Millions of Americans make one last mad dash to the theme parks or […] Read More

This is one Labor Day article that isn’t going to start by moaning about what lousy shape the American labor movement is in. You’ll read that in the mainstream press on Monday, mark my words. They’ll drone on about ” the old gray labor movement, she ain’t what she used to be.” We do have […] Read More

For too long, church folk have limited the gospel in the workplace to personal evangelism, chaplaincy and counseling. These aren’t just good; they are great. But what about ethics? Our faith should inform our daily lives. For too long, we have treated Labor Day as just another Monday at the lake. At best, we tip […] Read More