Voices from the fields: shoveling hog poop

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By Phillip Jensen How can I put this delicately? The daily work of my hands leaves my hands smelling of hog feces. The smell is impossible to completely rid myself of. I’ve showered and scrubbed, yet even now as I sit clean and washed and pecking away at my MacBook, I catch a whiff of [Read More...]

Voices from the fields: Baking bread

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So a couple of days ago we recommended the latest issue of Comment on how the faith and work conversation often avoids talking about God’s plan for those of us in work that is blue-collar, no-collar, or just plain icky.  They got in touch and were nice enough to let us reprint some excerpts from [Read More...]

Pick your palm tree

This post comes to us from The Well. Thanks, folks! By Heather Ardrey There are many reasons people move to a remote island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Some are in it for the adventure. Some are in it for the money. Some are in it for the nostalgia, having grown up here. [Read More...]

The faith and work conversation we’re NOT having

Really good stuff in the latest issue of Comment, called “The Work of Our Hands,” on the conversations we’re not having about how blue-collar work, menial work, and disgusting work fit into God’s design. Or don’t fit. Here’s what Brian Dijkema has to say in his introductory letter: There is a swath of the evangelical [Read More...]

Be careful what you wish for

This post came to us from The Well. Thanks, folks!  Jen’s book Teach Us to Want was also a selection in the Patheos Book Club recently, and you can read more about that here. By Jen Pollock Michel When Ellen was only twenty, her parents died within six months of each other. Soon after, her [Read More...]

Does the perfect job exist? A Lenten thought

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Madison Perry of the Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture has been wondering that himself: Do you feel trapped in an occupation? When asked to describe the perfect job, I often find myself frustrated, exclaiming: “It doesn’t exist!” Recently, a friend confessed a dark day-dream: at least once a day he imagines that if [Read More...]


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