I was trying to think of some amazing Christian application here. But I couldn’t. This is a picture of David on the Gulcana River in Alaska. So, can you find some application about living out your faith from this picture? Please, share with a friend if you feel moved. Read all past issues at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/davidrupert Read more

The slow demise of the soulWhether you drink it or not, you must admit that coffee is a strong part of our image of Americana. In the wide open plains of the Old West, coffee was a just reward for a day’s work. The mental snapshot we have is of dusty, chiseled face s of tired cowboys. One is sitting on a large rock, a tin cup in a weathered hand reaching across to his partner who pours coffee from… Read more

The Tyson Family foundation has given the University of Arkansas a $2 million gift to establish a “Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace” chair. The money will be combined with another $2 million previously committed by the Sam Walton Foundation and is dedicated to the Business College.John Tyson, the chairman and CEO of Tyson Foods who gave the money, said this:“To ignore the role that faith plays in our daily lives, including at work, is to miss out an essential… Read more

“I was abducted by aliens…”When asked to share the most unusual excuses workers gave for missing work, recruiting managers shared some of their favorite examples:”I’m too drunk to drive to work.””I accidentally flushed my keys down the toilet.””I had to help deliver a baby on my way to work.” (Employee was not in the medical profession.) “I accidentally drove through the automatic garage door before it opened.””My boyfriend’s snake escaped from its cage and I’m afraid to leave the bedroom… Read more

Purportedly from the Sunday, April 14, 1994 edition of the Washington Post. A contest was held in which readers were asked to come up with excuses to miss a day of work: If it is all the same to you, I won’t be coming in to work. The voices told me to clean all the guns today. When I got up this morning, I took two Ex-Lax in addition to my Prozac. I can’t get off the john, but I… Read more

A new survey on “summer absenteeism” shows 39 percent of full-time employees have called in sick just to enjoy a day off. They call it a “mental health day.” They use the day to go shopping, go to the lake, or lounge around the house. Mondays and Fridays seem to be the day most popular. As managers who have 1,000’s work for us, we can attest to the truths found here. It’s happening and in many workplaces, its rampant. At… Read more

Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot of God-talk from the political candidates.It seems to be going far beyond the customary, “And may God bless America.”In the past, whenever a politician would speak out about their faith, the press would cry ‘foul’ and accuse them of wanting to establish a theocracy or some other nonsense.Any elected official who would indicate that their belief system actually guided their votes was subject to mockery and derision. But something is happening — there are… Read more

In the beginning, Adam and Eve were completely transparent in the Garden. It wasn’t their lack of clothing. It was their attitudes. It was the way they conducted their lives. Since there was no sin, there was no need to hide. But after the fall, everything for Adam and Eve changed. God called out, “Adam, where are you?” but it was not a holy game of hide and seek. God knew exactly where Adam was even though Adam did his… Read more

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Josh Hamilton had the world ahead of him. Picked no. 1 in the 1999 draft by Tampa Bay, what more could a high school senior want? The Devil Rays believed he was such a complete package that they dubbed him the “future of the franchise.” He could pitch – clocked at 96 miles an hour – but baseball salivated over his offensive skills even more.He was given a $3.9 million signing bonus that fueled a dangerous lifestyle… Read more

On Friday night, ABC’s 20/20 aired an episode called “Seeing and Believing: The Power of Faith.”It seems the media has a fleeting fascination with people who are motivated with things beyond money or possessions or pleasure. We are freaks in their estimation and they often go out of their way to demonstrate the ‘freakiest’ among us.Ater a long week of traveling the West, I was out of gas but decided to give the program a few minutes of my attention… Read more

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