For the sake of the world: A Lenten mediation

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Is it possible to have contemplative lives amidst the crowds, in the middle of the busy places of this world? Or do we have to leave the world for the sake of the world? The answer of the early monks doesn’t fully satisfy me, but that they wrestled as they did instructs me—wanting as I do for my loves and longings to be about things that matter, for my sake, for God’s sake and for the sake of the world. [Read more...]

What makes the difference?

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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! Sometimes questions are asked and you know from their urgency that they [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...]

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...]

Hints of hope, again

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“We are not great shots across the bow of history; rather by simple grace, we are hints of hope.” On Friday night I had the gift of sitting with a group of folk from all across America talking about my book, “Visions of Vocation.” For serious people to read the book seriously is the best [Read More...]

“Come and See”

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Recently some members of the Patheos Faith and Work Channel staff attended the Washington Institute’s “Come and See” Vocation Conference.  There were many thought-provoking talks and discussions, and the “MISSION:WORK” blog is starting to report in on them.  Hop over there and check out the first four…. “Come and see Jesus” What’s the story of [Read More...]

Making sense of things

“I’ve come to believe that war, as terrible as it is, is very clarifying for one’s heart and mind.” As I walked across the U.S. Naval Academy today, I listened to a man who has one of the best stories, a story we all like to hear. Ordinary people in ordinary places as we are, [Read More...]


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