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...]

Vocation needs no justification

Further up and further in. Recently I spent several hours with a learning cohort of 40 people from all over America, listening to a few good people reflect on their different vocations. I was asking the questions for us all, and could have asked more. Thoughtful, honest, practiced, each offered windows into their lives and [Read More...]

Whatever is, is right

“Altogether, the Old Bailey, at that date, was a choice illustration of the precept, that ‘Whatever is, is right;’ an aphorism that would be as final as it is lazy, did it not include the troublesome consequence, that nothing that ever was, was wrong.” As must be, I am taking “A Tale of Two Cities” [Read More...]

On the power to convene

  Washington DC is a strange and wonderful place. For years I have seen it as a city of glories and shames—sort of like each one of us, but magnified as must be because it is a “city” after all. There are more of “us” here, and “we” become institutionalized over time, with systems and [Read More...]

The covenantal cosmos

Common grace for the common good. Recently I gave the commencement address at Covenant Theological Seminary in St, Louis. Over many years I have spoken there in many different ways: in conversations with administrators, faculty and students; lecture series; and classes and courses. I set before the graduates the vision of common grace for the common [Read More...]


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