The sorrows of Mary and the callings of Christians

Today is the day after the Feast of the Holy Cross, and in the Catholic tradition this is, fittingly, the commemoration of the Sorrows of Mary. Historically, this feast originated in 1668, although it drew on a longer tradition of devotion to Mary as the sorrowful mother of the suffering Christ. In the 13th century, [Read More…]

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Your annual Happy Vocation Day post

Every year on this day we call attention to this neat post by Gene Veith over at his blog, Cranach, on why we celebrate Labor Day. (Hey, this is a blog about faith and work, so you expected a lot of posts on Labor Day, right?) Most people probably don’t know what they are celebrating [Read More…]

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“Career services must die!” Thinking holistically about careers

Wake Forest University has created a new model of career development that integrates all aspects of a student’s life, including faith and spirituality. This article was first published in Faith & Leadership. When Andy Chan ran the career center at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, he discovered there was a hunger among students to [Read More…]

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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…]

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From patriarch to peasant: how I ended up as a machinist and not a minister

Here’s another post in an occasional series about blue-collar work and meaning that we’re running here on MISSION:WORK. Read the other posts here: “Does blue-collar work have any meaning?” , “Which is a higher calling: building churches or building fences?”, “The craftsman and her environment,”  “The faith and work conversation we’re NOT having,” “Voices from [Read More…]

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A seminary president sits down with a facilities worker to talk faith and work

By Andrew Spencer There are only two people with permanent, personally designated parking spots on the campus of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. As you would expect, one is for the president, Dr. Danny Akin. The other spot is for Mr. Eugene Smith, the 88 year-old man who works for facilities. Mr. Eugene, as he is [Read More…]

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