Trapped: The Church Vocation Issue We Don’t Talk About

by Gordon Atkinson I want to bring up something that church people don’t talk about very often. Why don’t we talk about it? I don’t know. Lots of reasons. I suspect the biggest reason is that talking about it would require us to take an honest look at the lives of our ministers. And I’m [Read More...]

If You Have a Calling, Then You Have a Caller

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Ephesians 4:1-3 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:1 We don’t hear the language of calling very often in common speech anymore. When I was growing up, I heard people talk about their calling even outside of church, mostly [Read More...]

Is My Work a Calling?

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Ephesians 4:1-3 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:1 As an ordained pastor, nobody would flinch if I said I have been called to my line of work. We’re familiar with the notion that clergy have a calling. But [Read More...]

Calling All Christians

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by Skye Jethani For years I served as a teaching pastor at my church, but then left the pastoral team to pursue a calling outside the institutional church. For the first time since graduating from seminary, I found myself in the pews more often than in the pulpit. It changed my perspective. Working as a writer [Read More...]

The Work of an Artist

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How does one explain art, an action committed for the very lack of words? If I could say it, why would I paint it? [Read more...]

Dear God, thank you for this crummy job

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I remember the days when I bounded out of bed, ready to seize the day.

Back then, work was a joy. My coworkers banded together as we found new solutions to fix problems. My chain of command was empowering. My duties were challenging and fresh, engaging my mind and abilities. That was yesterday. [Read more...]


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