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 vocation, you have only to watch his eyes; a cook mixing a sauce, a surgeon making a primary incision, a clerk completing a bill of… Read more

O God of Earth and Altar #VeteransDay #2016Election

I’ve been working on a post* about my complicated post-election feelings and how they relate to vocation and war and capitalism, but it’s not taken shape yet. In the meantime, here’s a complicated poem by G. K. Chesterton about vocation and war and capitalism.  Also, here’s a link to another GKC poem and a prayer I put up last Veterans’ Day. (*edit 11/14/16: I’ve written the complicated post now.) O God of earth and altar, bow down and hear our… Read more

Business Anger and Success

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. The Bible’s Book of Proverbs 16:32 says this:  “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” I’ve been thinking again about business and anger this week.  (Note my Inc. column of ApriI 25th, “Anger, Forgiveness, and Entrepreneurship.”)  It has been important for me to learn to deal with anger over the years.  It’s never pleasant. I… Read more

The Christian Call to Work Yourself Out of a Job

Yup. Works for parenting, too, by the way. :) Read more at the Faith and Work Collective: Those familiar with the New Testament can quickly recognize that Jesus’s model of leadership was to disciple the people around him, so that they could carry on his work after he was gone. He taught them, gave them over-the-shoulder knowledge as they watched him interact with others, commissioned them to engage in similar work, and processed with them their early efforts in this… Read more

The Inner and the Outer Voices of Love: Henri Nouwen and His Friends

This post is part of a Patheos Book Club on the book Love, Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life by Henri Nouwen. Many years ago, at a difficult time in my life, a friend pressed a little green book into my hand: Henri Nouwen’s The Inner Voice of Love.  It was a journal he wrote at a difficult time in his own life, when a very close friendship had broken down (his relationship with Nathan Ball, at that time the director of L’Arche… Read more

These Problems Are Solvable

Even the most complex social problems can be solved when leaders and institutions are brought together to unleash a community’s own problem-solving capabilities, says the president of Community Solutions.  This post originally appeared at Faith and Leadership. Rosanne Haggerty has worked on the issue of homelessness for 30 years, and in that time she’s come to realize that, contrary to public belief, even the most complex problems can be solved. The key, she said, is to help community leaders and… Read more

The Little Jobs Who Won’t Sing

Reprinted from The Green Room. A few months ago, I attended the Acton Institute (you can read more about my trip here) as part of my work with the Theology of Work Project.  One of the things I did was attend a lunch where some other folks from TOW presented some of the resources on our site and talked about how they could be used in the local church. We concluded the lunch by singing a hymn called “God of… Read more

Getting Your Head Out of Your Bottom Line

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew.  Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any hows.” The headline of this column comes from the title of an interesting and practical new book by Jackie Dryden and Bethany Andell of Savage Brands in Houston, Texas. Dryden and Andell come out of the increasingly influential Conscious Capitalism movement based on John Mackey and Raj Sisodia’s book of the… Read more

My First Eucharist

  Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace. Hebrews 4:16 Coming alive the Cup came before me Bearing the blood that washing bore me Pouring out grace though never moving And without a word the whole world proving. Downpouring, splashing runs water around me Rivers of blood from the fountain that found me Water and blood in their mingled meaning Washing me white with a scarlet cleaning. Standing alone yet surrounded by glory Silent in… Read more

Thinking Christianly About the Denmark Model of Economics

Someday I hope we’ll be able to have some contributions from the Faith and Work Collective on this blog.  In the meantime, I’m going to keep telling you to go read their stuff. :)  Great post by Kevin Kinghorn, talking about the Denmark/Scandinavian model of economics from the perspective of someone who has actually been to Denmark: The discussion about Denmark is of particular interest to me because I’ve had extended visits there on four occasions. In fact, I’m currently there… Read more

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