Seeing Ourselves As Implicated

“It would’ve been easier to join the garden club.” Not that she has anything against gardens, or clubs, but it was the way Mary Kay Turner explained these last years of her life. We were sitting in the living room of her home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, talking about the complicated mess of the Middle East, particularly the seemingly intractable troubles of the Israeli and Palestinian peoples. Yes, there was a certain irony, having our board meeting for the Telos… Read more

The world according to John LeCarre

This excerpt from Steve Garber’s book  Visions of Vocation is the final one in our series reprinted here with the kind permission of InterVarsity Press.  Get the book from IVP at this link! One of the best chroniclers of contemporary geo-politics is the British novelist John Le Carré. From The Spy Who Came in from the Cold to Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, to Smiley’s People, to The Honourable Schoolboy, to The Constant Gardner, to The Most Wanted Man, to The Mission Song,… Read more

A friend who tried to save the world

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! Over twenty years ago, Mark Rodgers and I decided to be neighbors, remembering the credo of the Clapham community in London two hundred years ago: “Choose a neighbor before you choose a house.” We first met in… Read more

The pilgrimage that takes you home

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!   One of Tolstoy’s best is Two Old Men. Set in nineteenth-century Russia, the book tells the tale of two men, Efim and Elisha, who decide that before they die they must make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem…. Read more

I feel numb

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!   Written by a former MIT professor, Alan Lightman, The Diagnosis is the tale of a businessman who day after day takes the train from suburban Lexington to downtown Boston, where he works for a company whose… Read more

Knowing what you know, what are you going to do?

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!   Over the years I have read and reread [Walker] Percy’s work, dwelling in his vision of learning and life. He is, after all, the one who wrote that “it is possible to get all A’s and… Read more

C. S. Lewis and the tears of God

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! We all cry— but what is important here is why we cry and when we cry and what our crying means for who we are and how we live. As a father of young children, I saw… Read more

How to keep on keeping on

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! In my dropped-out years in the early 1970s, I spent a year in a commune in the Bay Area of California. One of the posters of that countercultural moment in the sun was of a very hip-looking… Read more

“What wonder have you done to me?”

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 it seems as if I have spent my life welcoming new students into the classrooms of my heart. For reasons that are finally mysterious, some stay there and some go. That they are different is not… Read more

Truth and reconciliation

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! Justice has to be more than “just us.” Years ago I got a phone call from Gideon Strauss at the Christian Labour Association of Canada, asking if I would come speak to a gathering of union leaders… Read more

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