Resting in the Nap Zone


by Cheryl Smith A few years ago, I had three surgeries within an 18-month time frame, followed by a fourth surgery a year later. During each of my pre-surgery appointments, I talked with nurses about what I could and couldn’t do following surgery. Rest was always on the list of do’s. In fact, I distinctly [Read More...]

What Does God Want?


by Dave Williamson The everyday life of faith ultimately is pretty simple and straightforward stuff—simple, not necessarily easy. While there are many complex nuances of thoughtful reflection and application of Christian faith to each person’s everyday life, at the beginning and in the end, it is quite clear, direct. Jesus summarized all of the Old [Read More...]

We Are All Connected: Rembembering Birmingham

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Ed Gilbreath says that Letter from Birmingham Jail is representative of the heart of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s oall message. His message was one of reconciliation. King believed that we’re all connected. As a result, he struggled with the idea that anything could separate us. Black, white, red, brown… we all have the same Spirit. King’s [Read More...]

Forgiveness and Accountability in the Workplace


by Mike Chalk Whenever people live or work together, they need to practice forgiveness because we humans are imperfect. No group can function long before someone breaks a promise and lets others down. Forgiveness seems like a wonderful virtue, but it is very difficult to practice. In Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis said, “Forgiveness is a lovely [Read More...]

Paying Well: Loving Others Through Fair Wages

“The extra income is a Godsend,” she said. I’d just landed a fairly large new account, one I’d need help managing, so I’d asked one of my regular freelancers if she could take on more work. With two children and three new foster kids arriving at her home soon, the extra money definitely helps. At [Read More...] Lifting the Name of Jesus High


by Christine A. Scheller “Stories allow us to travel, time and again, outside the circumscribed spaces of what we believe and what we think possible. It is these journeys – sometimes tenuous, sometimes exhilarating – that inspire and steel us to navigate uncharted territories in real life.” –Elizabeth Svoboda,  Aeon magazine. At The High Calling, [Read More...]

How Can I Forgive Someone Who Has Deeply Hurt Me?

Luke 11:1-4 [A]nd forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation. Luke 11:4 Jesus teaches us to connect our request for divine forgiveness with a strong statement of our own forgiving of those who have wronged us: “And forgive us our sins, as we [Read More...]

Vocational Courage and Renewal: An Interview with Parker Palmer


Ten years after its first release, Parker Palmer is republishing his book of encouragement for teachers called The Courage to Teach. The book helped countless teachers and other professionals to recover meaning in their work lives, in the midst of troubled, sometimes toxic systems. Recently, The High Calling spoke to Mr. Palmer about helping teachers [Read More...]

A Call to Transform Our Work and Professions

by Stacy Jackson Have you heard the story of the three bricklayers? Preachers often use it to illustrate the different ways we view work. The first bricklayer works hard making money to serve his family. His work primarily provides money to enable him to serve others. The second bricklayer is thankful for the opportunity to use [Read More...]

Four Things to Do When You Make a Mistake at Work

by David Rupert Each summer, as a teenager headed for college, I was determined to make as much money as possible. My dad, a roofer, needed the help. There were perks:  free transportation in Dad’s ’52 Chevy, a lunch packed by mom, and a paycheck that didn’t bounce. Reality is, I wasn’t a good roofer. [Read More...]