Giving voice to our vocational callings

  This post comes to us from Duke Divinity School’s magazine Faith & Leadership, an offering of Leadership Education at Duke Divinity.  By Nathan Kirkpatrick For most of the 40 of us, it was our first exam in seminary. There had been papers, certainly, quizzes too, but on that surprisingly steamy October morning, we took our seats to spend two hours demonstrating our mastery of the nuances of the first four centuries of church history. Our professor, an ascetic Roman… Read more

Live well, do good, be true

By Byron Borger This post originally appeared at the blog Booknotes. It is from the book Serious Dreams, a collection of commencement speeches. LIVE WELL, DO GOOD, BE TRUE: AN INTRODUCTION Here is my long introduction to Serious Dreams.  There was one more set of edits after this version, but this edition is handy for me to share here, with our compliments.  I hope you enjoy it. It’s funny how, when somebody seems destined for great things in our culture,… Read more

Encouraging ALL calls to ministry!

This post was originally written for an audience of Methodists in Indiana but we here at M:W thought its message was well worth sharing with the rest of you…as an encouraging word, and as an excellent model of how a church can lift up the ministry of all believers. By Mike Coyner Sunday, May 24th, has been declared as “Encourage the Call Sunday” in our Indiana Conference. It is also Aldersgate Sunday – the day we remember and celebrate John… Read more

[VIDEO] Not the same old story

The way that we thought about the Biblical story was that God was trying to save a bunch of souls and whisk them out. And my time in seminary, really wrestling with the Biblical text, convinced me that that’s really not the story. God’s plan is the “reconciliation of all things” and this idea of “the new creation.” And once you start thinking along those lines, and realize that you can participate with God in the healing of creation, the… Read more

Exposing college students to vocation: a case study

By Elaine Bernius An exploration of God’s calling on everyone’s life was at the center of a bold new initiative at Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) this academic year. In fall 2014, over 750 first-time undergraduates arrived on campus nine days before classes began, significantly extending the former three-day orientation. During that extra week, incoming freshmen engaged in a First Year Experience (FYE) orientation that challenged and began to equip them to seek and accept the calling God has for them…. Read more

Let your life speak: how to understand your vocational call

How do you discern your vocational path? How do you decide what your contribution to the world will be? What is your vocational calling? These are big questions. How we understand our work and the contribution we make to the world is vital from our earliest days of vocational discernment on through adulthood. It is vital for teens as they consider potential pathways for further education and future work. It is vital for adults as they work to make ends… Read more

Can people who hate their job find meaning in their work?

By Trevor Lee I had the opportunity to attend a Leadership Journal event called Redeeming Work, which focused on the meaning and importance of our work as image bearers of God. Events like this focus on the idea of vocation, which is our call into every part of life, not just the job we get paid for. While this focus does not comprise the whole of the Christian life or the Gospel, it is an essential piece that has been too often… Read more

Coltrane and calling: a message for jazz appreciation month

By Caroline Cross April in the District of Columbia is a magical time of year. Washington welcomes a cloud of pink petals amidst the blooming cherry trees at the tidal basin. Signs of spring aside, April also holds another reason to celebrate. The month is commemorated as Jazz Appreciation Month. This singularly American genre of music originated in New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century. Just a few notes of the genre’s distinctive rhythms evoke the smell of… Read more

Go, lovely rose #MothersDay

Back with a poem for a holiday (what did you expect?) This time, since we have several great posts about Mothers’ Day on the Faith and Work Channel (at Oikonomia and Profession of Faith), I’m just going to share with you my mother’s favorite poem.   You can make the faith and work/whole-life discipleship/vocation applications yourself. I think there are some. :-) By Edmund Waller Go, lovely Rose—       Tell her that wastes her time and me,       That now she knows, When… Read more

[VIDEO]Faith, work, and the Boston Marathon bombing

After her harrowing experience at the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, a marketing executive chose to leave her job and employ her skills on behalf of artisans in developing nations. Here’s her story: [youtube][/youtube] Originally published at the blog Made to Flourish. Read more