For the sake of the world: A Lenten mediation

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?

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 must be answered. That is my memory of the weight in George Sanker’s words, “Can we talk this week?” I had given a lecture on… Read more

Extending hospitality: An excerpt from the book Visions of Vocation

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! [Steve writes about some of his friends:] In the relationships and responsibilities of common life, they see themselves as implicated in the way the world is and ought to be. They see themselves as having vocations that call them… Read more

Giving himself away: An excerpt from the book Visions of Vocation

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! [Steve writes about some of his friends:] In the relationships and responsibilities of common life, they see themselves as implicated in the way the world is and ought to be. They see themselves as having vocations that call them… Read more

What Makes a Good Life?

Sometimes words write themselves on our hearts. I still remember a conversation with a friend whom we had invited to join us for lunch, and we were talking about anything and everything. He was one of the bright lights of life: very smart, very personable, very gifted. “Sometimes I feel like 16 different people.” A serious actor full of hope that he would spend his life on stage, taking up roles and characters to satisfy his yearnings and pay his… Read more

Working for good among the nations: An excerpt from the book Visions of Vocation

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! [Steve writes about some of his friends:] In the relationships and responsibilities of common life, they see themselves as implicated in the way the world is and ought to be. They see themselves as having vocations that call them… Read more

Unbroken, and Broken

Vir. It is not a word we use very often. But we do know virile, and virility, and virtue— each are words rooted in the ancient word, vir. What is a man? What does it mean to be human? Who are we? What are we like? What are we supposed to be like? Like thousands of others, I went to see the film, “Unbroken,” over the holidays. Having read the book a few years ago, I was intrigued when Angelina Jolie… Read more

Seeking the flourishing of the city: An excerpt from the book Visions of Vocation

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! [Steve writes about some of his friends:] In the relationships and responsibilities of common life, they see themselves as implicated in the way the world is and ought to be. They see themselves as having vocations that call them… Read more

Making known the needs of the poor: An excerpt from the book Visions of Vocation

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! [Steve writes about some of his friends:] In the relationships and responsibilities of common life, they see themselves as implicated in the way the world is and ought to be. They see themselves as having vocations that call them… Read more

Asking tough questions: An excerpt from the book Visions of Vocation

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! [Steve writes about some of his friends:] In the relationships and responsibilities of common life, they see themselves as implicated in the way the world is and ought to be. They see themselves as having vocations that call them… Read more

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