Playing “Hokey Pokey” with the Gospel

By Michael Coyner My E-pistle entitled “Mission Indiana”  stirred up a lot of response. Most of it was positive, but some wrote to ask what I meant by challenging our congregations and pastors to be “all-in” for our mission? The best way I can answer that question is by reflecting upon the children’s game “Hokey-Pokey.” [Read More…]

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We only wanted a youthworker….

Where once retailers were strangers, they are now a united group, proudly sharing photographs of their joint achievement. Where they acted as competitors towards each other, they now act like a mini Neighborhood Watch group alerting one another to thefts and break-ins. Once again, something of the life-giving kingdom breaks through. [Read more…]

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Does the perfect job exist? A Lenten thought

Madison Perry of the Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture has been wondering that himself: Do you feel trapped in an occupation? When asked to describe the perfect job, I often find myself frustrated, exclaiming: “It doesn’t exist!” Recently, a friend confessed a dark day-dream: at least once a day he imagines that if [Read More…]

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What’s wrong with “do what you love?”

We’ve said it for so long to graduating college seniors it’s become almost gospel. Do what you love. Do what you’re passionate about. Don’t settle for just a job. Follow your dreams. But is this wisdom or just hot air? Gordon Marino recently wrote an op-ed for the New York Times about his experience at St. Olaf College in [Read More…]

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Work must serve more than the bottom line

Warnings about the dangers work poses often issue from the mouths of those who have themselves allowed work to take captive their very souls. [Read more…]

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The lasting and creative consequences of daily work

God so arranges that civilization grows out of the same effort that develops the soul. [Read more…]

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