About Dr. Steven Garber

Steven Garber has a classroom among many people in many places. As the Founder and Principal of the Washington Institute, the heart of his own calling is that people understand the integral character of faith, vocation, and culture. Author of The Fabric of Faithfulness: Weaving Together Belief and Behavior (2007), and Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good (2014), he writes frequently for Comment and Critique, and in addition was a contributor to the volumes Faith Goes to Work: Reflections From the Marketplace, and Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalogue, as well as to the Mars Hill Audio journal, “Tacit Knowing, Truthful Knowing: The Life and Work of Michael Polanyi.” For many years he taught on Capitol Hill in the American Studies Program, and then became the Scholar-in-Residence for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He serves as a board member for Ransom Fellowship, the Blood:Water Mission, A Rocha, and the Telos Project, and as a consultant for the Wedgwood Circle, the Murdock Trust, the Demdaco Corporation and the Mars Corporation. A native of the great valleys of Colorado and California, he is married to Meg and is the father of five children whose own callings have them scattered around the world.

Called to covenant: an excerpt from the book Visions of Vocation

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This excerpt from Steve Garber’s book  Visions of Vocation is reprinted here with the kind permission of InterVarsity Press.  Stay tuned as we continue to occasionally publish excerpts from the book here at Visions of Vocation the blog.  And get the book from IVP at this link! If at the core of the calling to be [Read More...]

All of learning. All of labor. All of life.

“Es como el sagrado sacramento!” At the turn of the 18th-century, Gabriel Moraga led the first expedition across the hills from what we now call the San Francisco Bay area into the northern end of the San Joaquin Valley. Seeing the bright blue sky, the flower-filled meadows, the high mountains to the east, and the [Read More...]

Caritas and the common good

Originally published at the Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture. “What is the common good? “We could, with meaning and richness and depth, ask: what is caritas? But to answer that question, we have to come back into the very reason for being of a university like Cal, and of its origins in Bishop Berkeley musings [Read More...]

Assuming coherence

Conceptual congruity. Recently I spent a couple hours in a Google Hangout with several people in Chicago, taking part in a dissertation proposal meeting, hoping on hope that one day a PhD will be granted for the completion of good work well done. I was asked to participate because the student has drawn on ideas [Read More...]

A worldview. A mentor. A community.

Originally posted in August 2014.  I still remember the day when I first saw that there were identifiable habits of heart that marked people who kept at it, who over time sustained their deepest convictions about life and the world as they lived in the world. Over several years I had been listening to people [Read More...]

Come and see

“Come and see!” It seems that all week I have been thinking about those words. For a few days I heard them from my granddaughter Magdalena, her three-year old self eager to have the adults in her little world “come and see” what she was doing. One morning she and I spent an hour or [Read More...]

A pilgrim in the ruins

“You can get all A’s and still flunk life.” Most weeks I have reason to remember these wise words from Walker Percy; they are a warning lurking around the corner of everyone’s heart. And this week is no exception, especially because it was in the mountains of North Carolina that they came to life in [Read More...]

Praxis: where belief becomes behavior

Remember your Creator during your youth: when all possibilities lie open before you and you can offer all your strength intact for his service. The time to remember is not after you become senile and paralyzed! Then it is not too late for your salvation, but too late for you to serve as the presence [Read More...]


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