Post #Election: A Time to Listen

By David Spickard After hearing the news this Wednesday morning, I knew we had to change course.  The day could not be business as usual.  Wednesdays are normally staff meeting days at Jobs for Life (JfL).  Our meeting schedule included our normal routine – prayer, Scripture study, and business – but we had to add [Read More…]

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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…]

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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 [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

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