The Work of a Storyteller

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I first recognized a particular wordsmithing challenge when I visited one of Nairobi’s slums three-plus years ago. As I sat before my laptop to write about the visit before the city’s unreliable electricity could interrupt me, I was daunted by the difficulty of a challenge I don’t remember learning about in my college journalism classes. Beaming blog [Read More...]

Trusting God in Spite of Your Circumstances

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Psalm 13:1-6 But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. I will sing to the LORD because he is good to me. Psalm 13:5-6 There are times when it’s fairly easy to trust in God’s love, to rejoice in his salvation, and to sing because he has been [Read More...]

Will Technology Shape Your Identity and Your Faith?

Synaptic Gasp by Maureen Flynn Burhoe

Editors’ Note: ​For the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends, Patheos has selected a few “resident experts” from across ​its ​channels to share about a significant religious trend in America and reflect on its broader impact on society and culture.  ​ This post is part of the Faith and Work Channel’s contribution to that discussion. Click here to read other [Read More...]

[INFOGRAPHIC] Reconsidering Retirement

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Not ready for retirement? Yeah, most people aren’t these days. There are two ways you can respond to this realization. One way is to freak out, and scramble to put together some plan that’ll help you get ready. For some that means being intentional about saving and investing better. And with others it means scoping out [Read More...]

Learning to Value the High Calling of Your Daily Work

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It’s a little strange to have your first 8-to-5 job at an online platform called “The High Calling.” Working for a website about work is weirdly meta, like a teacher teaching teaching skills or a salesperson selling sales tactics. I find myself writing sentences like “God inspires us synchronize the work of our hands, minds, [Read More...]

Everything Matters: Hospitality as a Cultural Act

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Foundationally, rock-bottomly, one of the reasons Christianity calls so deeply to me is that everything matters. This includes hospitality. Eating together matters. When we ask people to join us in this deeply human ritual, it can be accompanied by blessing without regard to person, place, or wealth. The first time I connected a meal with the [Read More...]

A Warning for Self-Serving Leaders

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Ezekiel 34:1-10 Human one, prophesy against Israel’s shepherds. Prophesy and say to them, The LORD God proclaims to the shepherds: Doom to Israel’s shepherds who tended themselves! Shouldn’t shepherds tend the flock? You drink the milk, you wear the wool, and you slaughter the fat animals, but you don’t tend the flock. (CEB) Ezekiel 34:2-3 [Read More...]

Farewell, Middle Class Morality: What Comes Next?

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The Middle Class is dying. So what? This question opens A.O. Scott’s fascinating response to Thomas Piketty’s bestseller, Capital in the 21st Century. “The book’s thesis,”Scott explains, is “that economic inequality in the developed world is increasing, with potentially dire consequences for social justice and democratic governance.” According to Piketty, the Western dream of an [Read More...]

[VIDEO] Building a Platform: How to get your ideas to spread

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How would Jesus build a platform for his message? I guess you could do it any way you want when, well, you know, you’re God. What I find fascinating it that he did it by doing some of the verythings Seth Godin speaks of in this video. He was different, and remarkable. It doesn’t take [Read More...]

Throw Out the Marketing Campaign and Start a Real Conversation

Gone are the days when a company can take its time responding to an issue, getting all the experts to weigh in, verifying the situation, and then contemplating and coordinating a proper response. Now you have hours at best. You have to know enough to be able to move — and move now. [Read more...]


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