Where is God when you’re unemployed?


Recently at On Faith, writer and university professor Halee Gray Scott talked about what happened to her family in the Great Recession: I was nine months pregnant when my husband, Paul, decided to quit his job in 2009 — right after the economy took a nosedive. The Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its biggest single-day [Read More...]

What’s the path to human flourishing? An intriguing suggestion from Andy Crouch

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At Leadership Journal‘s Redeeming Work Twin Cities event yesterday, Andy Crouch winds up his thought-provoking opening talk with a magic (well, how about “providential”) formula for human flourishing through human work. Ready? Authority + Vulnerability = Flourishing More than any other creature, he argues, image bearers (humans) have Authority, and Vulnerability. Authority = capacity for [Read More...]

Why do we feel like we never finish working?


This gem from Alain de Botton’s The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work came our way today courtesy of the folks at culture is not optional: Our exertions generally find no enduring physical correlatives. We are diluted in gigantic intangible collective projects, which leave us wondering what we did last year and, more profoundly, where we have gone and [Read More...]

How do I find Jesus at work?


Our friends at the Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture recently posted some thoughtful reflections from Madison Perry on what believing in the resurrection means–and how it makes a difference as we struggle with the everyday issues of work and life: An eye for beauty enhances our appreciation of life’s tragedy, and gives the tragic [Read More...]

What if God is calling me to do something I don’t want to do?

“Don’t make the mistake of trying to force those around you to do what God has called you to do. And don’t look down on them for doing something other than what you think is so important.” [Read more...]

Twenty centuries of Christian writing on vocation

What am I going to do with my life? is a question that young people commonly face, while many not-so-young people continue to wonder about finding direction and purpose in their lives. Whether such purpose has to do with what job to take, whether to get married, or how to incorporate religious faith into the texture of their lives, Christians down the centuries have believed that God has plans for them. [Read more...]