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...]

Who’s Influencing Whom? Making a Difference in the Workplace

It was just a joke, guy banter in the break room. It was funny and very inappropriate. My conscience burned that night. I shouldn’t have laughed. Why did I laugh? It wasn’t the first time I acted in ways contrary to my Christian faith. Why are people able to influence me so easily? [Read more...]

There’s No Such Thing as The Good Book

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[Another great article by The High Calling summer intern, Nathan Roberts.] “The Bible’s a mess,” declares a headline on The Verge. How does that phrase make you feel? If you’re a person of faith, it might make you livid. If not, you might think: finally, someone gets it! However, a quick read through the article [Read More...]

Diagramming Stephen Elop: Bad Writing Makes You an Easy Villain

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Last week, when I was talking about balancing honesty and humility in business communication, Stephen Elop had already sent the worst layoff announcement in the history of Microsoft. His email was so bad, it invites us to imagine Elop fiddling while Microsoft burns. In case you missed the story, the Executive Vice President sent a [Read More...]

Good Leaders Listen, God Help Me Be Good

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A few months ago, I was asked to lead The High Calling through an incredibly painful change. All of our editorial systems would need to change. All of our editors would need to approach their work differently. Even worse, the change was uncertain. I didn’t know if it would work. I didn’t even know if [Read More...]

Making Money: Your Money Or Your (Spiritual) Life

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It’s nice to make money, isn’t it? Now don’t give me that look. A healthy desire to make money does not necessarily imply greed, or obsession, or that one is dedicating one’s life to serving the dreaded Mammon. All I’m saying is, as a practical matter, having money sure does come in handy. In fact, it is pretty much a requirement these days for getting around in our 21stcentury Western culture. [Read more...]


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