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My 5 for Friday (November 13, 2020)

What are the best ways to love your coworkers as Christ does? Thinking about returning to work after having a child? Or just curious if American's will actually spend less on holiday spending during a pandemic?

These questions and more are answered in this week’s My 5 for Friday.

1. Half of Pastors See Negative Economic Impact for Church by Aaron Earls. According to a recent study from Lifeway, 48% of pastors report that the economy has negatively impacted their congregations. However, Earls reports that the impact Covid has had on churches has been uneven.

2. How Can I Show Neighborly Love at Work? by Mary Wiley. In this article, Wiley addresses how to show your coworkers love amidst a busy work season. She begins by encouraging that love for neighbor must first flow out of love for God and then provides 5 tips for supporting and loving your coworkers.

3.For Several Reasons, Americans Say They Plan to Spend Less This Holiday Season by Jonathan Dyer. According to recent surveys, Americans are reporting a goal of spending less money on the holidays this year, though, as Dyer mentions in this article, Americans routinely overspend on the holidays regardless of their budgets or external factors like Covid.

4.How to Think About Returning to Work After Having a Baby by Laura Baxter. Baxter writes this article as both a comfort and guide for those deciding whether or not to go back to work after having a child. Baxter encourages moms during what can be one of the most emotionally distressing seasons of their lives to press into biblical wisdom and counsel.

5.A virtuous society involves you: Faith and work in perspective by Charlie Self. In this article, Self looks to church history, Aquinas in particular, as a model of how a virtuous society requires people who are just and moral in their economic dealings and neighborly love.


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