From patriarch to peasant: how I ended up as a machinist and not a minister

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Here’s another post in an occasional series about blue-collar work and meaning that we’re running here on MISSION:WORK. Read the other posts here: “Does blue-collar work have any meaning?” , “Which is a higher calling: building churches or building fences?”, “The craftsman and her environment,”  “The faith and work conversation we’re NOT having,” “Voices from [Read More...]


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The work of our hands

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So last week we recommended the latest issue of Comment on how the faith and work conversation often avoids talking about God’s plan for those of us in work that is blue-collar, no-collar, or just plain icky.  They got in touch and were nice enough to let us reprint some excerpts from the magazine here [Read More...]


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Voices from the fields: shoveling hog poop

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By Phillip Jensen How can I put this delicately? The daily work of my hands leaves my hands smelling of hog feces. The smell is impossible to completely rid myself of. I’ve showered and scrubbed, yet even now as I sit clean and washed and pecking away at my MacBook, I catch a whiff of [Read More...]


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Voices from the fields: Baking bread

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So a couple of days ago we recommended the latest issue of Comment on how the faith and work conversation often avoids talking about God’s plan for those of us in work that is blue-collar, no-collar, or just plain icky.  They got in touch and were nice enough to let us reprint some excerpts from [Read More...]


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The faith and work conversation we’re NOT having

Really good stuff in the latest issue of Comment, called “The Work of Our Hands,” on the conversations we’re not having about how blue-collar work, menial work, and disgusting work fit into God’s design. Or don’t fit. Here’s what Brian Dijkema has to say in his introductory letter: There is a swath of the evangelical [Read More...]


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Greed is just another word for fear

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Here’s another post in an occasional series about blue-collar work and meaning that we’re running here on MISSION:WORK, this one from a former HVAC contractor. Read the first three posts here: “Does blue-collar work have any meaning?” , “Which is a higher calling: building churches or building fences?”, and “The craftsman and her environment.” By [Read More...]


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