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Friday Five: Finding Fulfillment in the Mundane

On Fridays, we bring you the week’s best from around the web. This week’s collection includes a prescription for the decrease in religiosity amongst Millennials, a short video on the meaning of work, and more.

Fulfillment: This short video from the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics makes a compelling case for the meaning and value of work—even when it seems mundane.

 “3 Things ‘The Profit’ Teaches Us About the Beauty of Businessby Joseph Sunde, The Federalist

When it comes to enriching and expanding our imaginations toward a deeper, fuller, and healthier vision of work and economics, television can be a powerful tool. Shows like “Dirty Jobs,” “Shark Tank,” “Undercover Boss,” and “Restaurant Impossible” have used reality TV to illuminate the deeper meaning and transcendence of mundane toil and everyday economic exchange. Now, kicking off its third season in less than two years, CNBC’s “The Profit” brings the genre to even greater heights.

Millennials, Christianity, and Covenantby Gracy Olmstead, The American Conservative

It seems that unless Americans are willing to take seriously the prospect(s) that we are not alone in this world, that this life is not all there is, and that there is a moral, omnipotent God, then church attendance will continue to decline. Because without those deeper spiritual concerns, one can get more community and affirmation out of a local club or sports team than one can get out of a church—and with less personal sacrifice and discomfort, too.

Building Spiritual Capitalby David Brooks, The New York Times

In an era in which so many people slip off the rails during adolescence, we don’t have the luxury of ignoring a resource that, if cultivated, could see them through. Ignoring spiritual development in the public square is like ignoring intellectual, physical or social development.

Don’t Hold a Funeral for Marriage Yet by Brad Wilcox, The Federalist

Are marriage’s days in America numbered? The answer to this question would seem to be “yes,” judging by the views expressed by some of the nation’s leading family scholars. […] But a close look at recent trends in marriage, non-marital childbearing, and single parenthood suggests that the nation’s retreat from marriage may be slowing.

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