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...]

Rest in Peace, Karen

(Originally posted July 1, 2014.) Rest in peace, my friend. A good woman has come and gone, and the world is a poorer place. Last night, Karen Goodwin died, and those who know her, grieve. Not all of us leave our fingerprints on history in the way that she did—that could not be with our [Read More...]

Dear Steve: Do multiple careers add up to one vocation?

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From: Teacher Steve Subject: Trend in “Slash” or concurrent careers/vocations “Visions of Vocation” – Excellent book. Question: The disruption in workplace technology and economy has led to careers/vocations being divided into multiple-sequential/concurrent careers in 21st century for many.   What are your thoughts on this and the relation to  your theme of vision of vocation? Dear Teacher Steve– [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

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...]


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