I’ve been in Texas quite a bit this summer and was introduced to the HEB grocery stores. They aren’t just supermarkets; they are megamarkets–but they are also clean, spacious, well-laid out, and they carry everything you could possibly need.
Now I know where the stores got their name (pronounced “H,” “E,” “B”): They were started by a man named Howard E. Butt. His son, Howard E. Butt, Jr., who took over the company, just died at the age of 89.
He ran the company after his father died, but after awhile he turned the management over to other members of his family and used his wealth for Christian philanthropy, from supporting Billy Graham’s ministry to funding church camps. But his biggest cause was living out the Christian faith in the workplace.
For years, he did a 60-second spot on Christian radio entitled “The High Calling of Our Daily Work.”
I have never heard any of these spots. (Have you? If so, please report.) I’m not sure of his specific theology of vocation (he was a Baptist), but he deserves credit for reminding Christians of this crucial teaching. [Read more…]