The Gift of Truth: Recovering from Porn Addiction

by Jen Ferguson There were no bows. No pretty paper to unwrap. No tag or tissue paper. No ribbons to untie. But it was still a gift. A priceless gift. A few years ago when I asked my husband Craig “When’s the last time you looked at porn?” I wasn’t expecting the answer he gave me. I had expected something like this: It’s been a long time. I can’t remember the last time. I’ve been tempted, but I haven’t given… Read more

The Theory of Everything, and the Faith of Jane Hawking

“The Theory of Everything,” a new film about cosmologist and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, is a sad, beautiful love story in which the faith of a devoted wife sustains her as she struggles under the weight of her atheist husband’s worsening disability, ascendent fame, and single-minded devotion to work. The warmly shot and superbly acted (Eddie Redmayne as Stephen and Felicity Jones as Jane) biopic, which opens today, is based on Jane Hawking’s memoir, Traveling to Infinity: My Life With… Read more

Serving God in the Business of Death

Caleb Wilde is that rare breed of death writer who doesn’t write about death from the perspective of someone dying or someone having buried a loved one. A sixth generation funeral director in small-town Pennsylvania, Wilde’s popular blog, Confessions of a Funeral Director, has earned him a wide following and appearances at Ted-X and on “20/20” for its frank, funny, and sensitive posts about a universal, yet taboo topic. On the day we talked to Wilde, he was in the… Read more

Challenges and Crises in Seminary and University Education

by Bob Robinson How well do our educational institutions support and promote living out our faith in our work? Not very well, according to two experts who addressed those attending the Faith@Work Summit in Boston this weekend. Paul Williams of Regent College addressed some major problems that he sees in North American seminary education. In spite of all the decades of teaching on faith/work integration, why do so many Christians still struggle with a sacred/secular divide in their lives? Why… Read more

Turning the Workplace, Classroom, and Marketplace Into Sanctuaries

“Growing up on the farms you learn that you take care of your place first, because your place takes care of you,” she tells us. But soemthing tells me that Cheryl Broetje takes this idea much farther than most of us. Faced with some tough decisions about whether to let workers go (in order to collect some insurance money), or to keep the people working, she chose the people. Not only that, she found ways to keep the people working year-round,… Read more

Mockingjay Promo Satirizes Faith and Work Movement

“A new sense of purpose, pride, and unity… the harvest that sustains, and the loyal citizens who serve… Love your labor. Take pride in your tasks.” The new promotional video for Mockingjay streams like an inspiring short film from The High Calling. It celebrates the work of a variety of industries—technology, fashion design, textiles, farming, energy, police work. The only problem? Those familiar with the fictional world of the Hunger Games know that all of these people are enslaved by… Read more

Share Your Faith at Work Without Being a Jerk

Bill Peel moved us from the ethics of evangelism through practical relationship tips for being honest with others about our Christian world view. Just as David Gill is an expert in ethics, Peel is a career expert on workplace evangelism, leading him to his current role as Director of the Center for Faith at Work at LeTourneau University (and a good friend of The High Calling). He has published numerous works, including the recently updated Workplace Grace: Becoming a Spiritual Influence… Read more

What Technology Would You Take with You to Heaven?

That’s the question asked earlier today by John Dyer, the director of web development for Dallas Theological Society. He began the summit’s application discussion by inviting us to think about technology. (If you’ve not yet read John’s book From the Garden to the City, I highly recommend it.) In that book, Dyer explains the double-edged sword of technology in our lives and our culture. He writes, “Technology can at the same time be both a reflection of the image of God… Read more

You Can Create Things to Restore Your Community

David Gill moved the conversation from devices to decisions, inviting Christians to be proactive in their approach to ethics. Gill has made a career studying ethics, consulting with numerous businesses in addition to his academic work at starting at Berkeley to his recent work at the Mockler Center. Practicing ethical principles requires discipline, as he explained in his most recent book, Doing Right. “Ethics of Character or virtue (‘becoming a good person’) is like physical conditioning for athletes. Without adequate physical… Read more

Enjoy Today’s Work

Psalm 37 Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Psalm 37:3 It’s really easy for me to wait for the next big thing. It’s a habit of mine, actually. When I was in middle school, I couldn’t wait to be in high school; when I was in high school, I was chomping at the bit for college. Then, of course, I’d have my eyes set on graduation, followed by a ubiquitous backpacking trip… Read more

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