Dear Steve: How do I find work that matters–and pays?

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From: Deanna Subject: “Work” versus a paying Job I am always busy doing something.  It seems the internet is my big platform for Christ.  Yet in all the good I can do online, I struggle to go beyond the “work” online that I don’t get paid for, but it is something I am gifted in. [Read More...]

Charlie Peacock and his muses

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(Originally posted January 2014) Even Charlie Peacock needs a muse, the artist’s artist that he is. But what is it, a muse? How is it different than that other strangely similar word, amuse? The difference makes a difference. The one is an old word from the 14th-century, meaning “to dream, to ponder,” or as a [Read More...]

Whole hearts, broken hearts

“The only whole heart is a broken heart.” I finally finished The Father’s Tale, all 1072 pages. At the beginning of Lent I decided to once again live within the story we call “the prodigal son,” though more truthfully it is the story of two lost sons. For many years I have read and reread [Read More...]

What is education all about, anyway?

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(Originally posted December 2013) Lewis and Clark. An expedition but also a college, and yesterday I found myself thinking about both. Staying for the week in a hotel a few blocks from the Columbia River, where the adventure across America began to end, I spent the afternoon at Lewis and Clark College, which last year [Read More...]

Would you like vocational advice from Steve?

Would you like personalized work-life advice? Now you can get it from Steve Garber….a man who spends his life walking alongside people as they seek to find God in their daily work. Send Steve a brief message through the blog by following this link.  Then wait for your answer to appear on the blog! (All [Read More...]

Integral, not incidental

(Originally published in May 2014.) Integral, not incidental. I think most of us want coherent lives; in fact we long for coherence. Given my own beliefs about who we are as human beings, and the kind of world we live in, I sense that we feel a dissonance in our souls when we have less [Read More...]

Have mercy upon us

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I do love a good story. And it’s not always apparent on the first page. Having read most of Dickens, I now know that it will take about 25 pages to understand enough to keep reading; he paints with a broad brush before he begins with the details– the people, the places, and the drama [Read More...]

On vocation and occupation

We long for what we do to grow out of who we are, for our occupation(s) to be rooted in our vocation. That is the hope of everyone’s heart. [Read more...]


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