“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 three…. “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...]

A new review of the book Visions of Vocation

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We’re always so please to see that people are reading, enjoying, and taking meaning from Visions of Vocation, the new book by Steve Garber that gives its name also to this blog where Steve shares his visions of vocation.  The most recent review we bumped into was several weeks ago by Susan Fiske for By Faith, the online [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...]

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...]

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...]

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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