About Jeff Haanen

Jeff Haanen is the Executive Director of Denver Institute for Faith & Work. He previously served as a pastor, missionary and school administrator, and contributes to Christianity Today, Comment Magazine, and the Review of Faith & International Affairs. He lives in Colorado with his wife and three daughters.

That Eye-On-the-Object Look: Finding Focus in a Distracted World

The world is a distracting place. Email, Facebook, open office spaces, iPhones, and insanity-inducing apps with red pop-up bubbles nagging for my attention. What would the opposite of a distracted work day look like? Check out this statement by W.H. Auden: “You need not see what someone is doing to know if it is his [Read More…]

Productivity: 6 Tips for Getting (The Right) Stuff Done

There might be nothing so frustrating as working for an entire day, feeling exhausted when the day’s over – and getting nothing done. How is this possible? More than once, when scanning back through my day I’ve felt bewildered. I’m tired so I must have been productive, right? A phone call, a quick drop-in meeting, [Read More…]

3 Signs We’ve Made Work an Idol

I think we were arguing about asparagus. I had just sat down to dinner with my wife and three daughters (soon to be four), and amidst that cacophony of noise and food flying to plates, I started to eat. I love asparagus. I really do. But when I waited until half way through the meal [Read More…]

The Expendable Worker: Looking for Hope in the On-Demand Economy

“Low, low prices.” With that motto, a generation ago Walmart took over the world of retail. For years Walmart seemed untouchable; they could consume any competitor with volume, price and efficiency. Yet in the past several years, some have questioned whether the Walmart empire has a gaping hole in the center. Forbes reported in 2014 [Read More…]

How should I choose a career?

  Today most career counselors and well-meaning friends would respond to this question with: What are you good at? What do you love to do? What’s your personality type? Where do you want to live? What kind of lifestyle do you want? These are good, normal questions. Yet I have to wonder, are the goals [Read More…]

10 Steps Toward Becoming a Culturally Engaged Church

We’ve made huge strides in the past several years on bringing the topic of work to church. But I’ve noticed an ongoing tension. It’s a tension between what we say about work on Sunday and what we do (or don’t do). On the one hand, talk of “faith & work” and cultural engagement have been popping [Read More…]

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