When God closes a door, he opens….a blog?

In October 2013, I got a phone call from my friend Chris Armstrong about a new venture he was starting. It was the venture which became this Patheos Faith and Work Channel. Certain pieces of his startup puzzle had shifted, and he needed someone else on the team. Could I be on a phone call [Read More…]

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Navigating the Tensions Between Faith and Work

We all experience tension with our work at times. What if my start-up doesn’t pan out? What if I lose my job? Have I accepted this job because I’m called to it — or just because I’m paid for it? How do I balance work, kids, family, friends, church, and all the busyness of life? [Read More…]

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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…]

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Jubilee Professional

    Jubilee Professional is a unique opportunity to learn from local and global thought leaders as well as practitioners about how to apply biblical truth to our everyday, professional life. For six years, CCO and Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation (PLF) have partnered to produce this unique event to meet the specific interests of men and women who are one, [Read More…]

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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…]

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From the archives: Good fruit, thorny endeavor

One of the great joys of serving The Kern Family Foundation as a regional director is gathering together with other Kern Pastors to wrestle with profound questions of life, ministry, and how the local church can be an agent of cultural change through the integration of faith, work, and economics. This past summer, we had the opportunity to do just that, meeting every other week over breakfast to discuss Tim Keller’s Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work— a brilliant and clear-headed discussion of how faith and work intersect. [Read more…]

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