September 2, 2015

What Do You Think? What do you think, is living your faith at work an asset or a liability? In this post I make the case that faith belongs on the asset side of our work ledger. In the next post, I’ll consider the liability dimensions of living your faith at work.   Value Adds From Living Your Faith At Work.  Value adds put faith in the asset side. They include the following: A Context For Work: Biblical faith that… Read more

August 21, 2015

In my last post, I suggested there might be a link between our driven need to succeed at work and the power of shame in our lives. In this post, I want to unveil the Jesus answer to this issue. We begin with some stock answers.   4 Cultural Antidotes to Shame. Find and do something you’re good at. (But no position or capacity lasts forever, and there’s always someone better.) Lower you expectations  (But how low should we go… Read more

August 21, 2015

This post explores the connections between shame and the pursuit of success in our work. A follow up post will explore the difference that the third voice of faith can make to the equation.   The Shame Factor Dr. Brene Brown has a great TED talk on Shame: She says: “Shame is the most powerful master emotion. It is the fear that we are not good enough.” [1] (http://on.ted.com/Brown2012)  We are not smart enough, skinny enough, strong good enough, etc…. Read more

August 19, 2015

In this post, I suggest 7 reasons your pastor doesn’t talk about your work life.   Before I begin, three caveats. This is not a cheap shot from the sidelines against pastors. I served as a pastor for 20 years, continue to be active in a local church, and part of my current work is encouraging pastors. Your pastor may talk about, validate, and encourage you in your daily work. There is growing interest along these lines. So in your case,… Read more

August 19, 2015

What is the why behind your work? Why is the work you do important?  Why does it matter to God? Based on the following statistics, these seem to be questions many of us aren’t sure how to answer “Over two-thirds (70%) of Christians cannot envision how the work they do serves God. Almost four out of five church-goers (78%) doubt that the work they do is equal in importance to the work of a pastor or priest.” – See more… Read more

July 14, 2015

More!   I’ve been in some form of leadership role for 30 plus years. Over that time I can boil down 80% of the feedback I’ve received to four words: “we should do more.”   Sometimes, quite boldly, the feedback is “you should do more.” As a person afflicted with a constant drive to accomplish, a keen sense that “things” can be better, and an overflowing task list, these “shoulds” were generally unhelpful.  Of course as a leader, I threw my… Read more

June 27, 2015

Over the past year, I’ve experienced the challenge and fun of getting to know my new home, New York City. The iPhone I carry in my pocket has been a comforting reference in the process: not only does it contain maps and subway system diagrams. The pulsating blue dot shows me exactly where I am. As we continue to ponder the dynamics of marketplace faith—following Jesus into the world of work—I propose a map upon which each reader can find… Read more

June 22, 2015

In my last post, I shared a bit of my work-journey. As a child, work was something you did your best to get through quickly so you could play. But by the time I was a teen, work was the answer—the path to the spending power, security, and worth I longed for. In this post a third way of approaching work is introduced: the way of faith. Some Faith Background As a child, Christian faith was assumed in our household…. Read more

June 14, 2015

As part of the launch of Marketplace Faith, I’m sharing some reflections on my faith and work history. These posts reveal aspects of the “why” that drives the writing of this blog. Work as four-letter word: My youngest memories of work come from household chores. Work was the task you completed so you could get to do what you wanted to do. You can go out to play after you “clear the table,” “clean your room,” or “sweep the garage.”… Read more

June 6, 2015

Since the waning days of World War II, western nations have been working feverishly on rockets—fire propelled, metal tubes that take off in one place and deliver a payload to a precise location, far away. With President John F. Kennedy’s challenge to land a man on the moon and return him safely again to earth, rocket science emerged as the most intellectually rigorous, challenging domain of human endeavor. Upon this historical foundation, a phrase emerged. Obvious and relatively simple tasks… Read more

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