In praise of ordinary work

Here’s a chapel talk by Chris Armstrong, director of “Opus: The Art of Work” at Wheaton College, talking about how your ordinary work is…well, extraordinary. Enjoy!  (And you’ll find a whole lot more great chapel talks at this link.) [Read more…]

From the archives: Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Newspaper Reporters. Let ‘Em Be Actuaries and Optometrists and Such.

What’s the deal with actuaries? Whenever a new list of the best jobs is compiled—like the rankings by Career Cast—they are always near the top of the list. What could really be so great about interpreting statistics to determine probabilities of accidents, sickness, and death, and loss of property from theft and natural disasters?

And why have I never actually met an actuary? Are their jobs so exceedingly awesome that they don’t take time to associate with non-actuaries? [Read more…]

Praise God for the ministry of people who drive snowplows! #WinterStormJonas

  O ye Showers and Dew, bless ye the Lord: * praise him, and magnify him for ever. O ye Winds of God, bless ye the Lord: * praise him, and magnify him for ever. O ye Fire and Heat, bless ye the Lord: * praise him, and magnify him for ever. O ye Winter [Read More…]

This Machinist Says We Need Both Welders and Philosophers, and They Both Need Something Else, Too

Recently, in the 4th Republican debate, Senator Rubio made a comment in regards to raising the minimum wage in the U.S. Toward the end of his response he made the comment, For the life of me, I don’t know why we have stigmatized vocational education. Welders make more money than philosophers. We need more welders [Read More…]

“Their prayer is concerned with their trade:” attempts to separate church and real life go WAY back

I bumped into this passage from the Apocrypha (Ecclesiasticus 38, to be specific) yesterday. Looks like the tension between head-work and hand-work, and between church-work and everyday-work, goes back a long way.  And looks like somebody could have used some reminding that sustaining the structure of the world is important. 24 Leisure gives the scribe [Read More…]

Don’t Search for Purpose: You Will Fail

That’s what a recent article in the New Republic had to say about our desire for meaningful work and the difficulties of finding it. After noting a diagram that has been floating around the Internet showing how purpose comes at the intersection of passion, mission, profession, and vocation, author Jonathan Malesic argues that there is [Read More…]