October 11, 2019

This is an article I asked Skye Jethani to write back when I was a content editor for The High Calling website. It is so good, it deserves a reprint. The High Calling is now a part of the Theology of Work Project. CALLING ALL STATIONS For years I served as a teaching pastor at my church, but then left the pastoral team to pursue a calling outside the institutional church. For the first time since graduating from seminary, I… Read more

September 18, 2019

Last month my employer-issued laptop slowed to a crawl. Every keystroke was followed by a two second delay, making it impossible to type words correctly or fix their misspelling. Every mouse click generated a multi-colored spinning wheel. In frustration I clicked other tabs, wishing one of them would work, which only froze my computer. I finally pulled off the information highway when my sputtering Mac was passed by an Amish buggy. I took it to the Help Desk to be… Read more

July 11, 2019

My doctoral mentor, Steven Garber, did his doctoral research on how people were able to sustain spiritual growth from college through their twenties. He wrote about this research in a profound popular book called The Fabric of Faithfulness. He describes his methods and findings: “Each person responded to a series of questions that asked them to reflect on their ‘cares and commitments’ at this point in their lives, and what had happened during their university experience that gave ‘shape and… Read more

May 29, 2019

Designed to Work   Hands. Hands that can hold a wrench or a paintbrush or a guitar or a scalpel or a child. Eyes. Eyes that can look through a telescope to study the glory of the heavens and through a microscope to investigate the intricacies of cells. Eyes that can gaze upon that which is beautiful and that which is ugly. Eyes that can see what is right and what needs to be corrected. Ears. Toes. Biceps. Knees. Nostrils…. Read more

April 12, 2019

Anyone who knows me knows that I have been experiencing one physical malady after another. It just keeps piling up. So I have grown to hate this body. But what’s the alternative? Some Christians pine away for a future existence in a disembodied “heaven.” They are just biding their time, hoping that their passage to that better life will come sooner than later. Maybe, I thought, I should be one of them. But mysteriously and oh so graciously, God led… Read more

March 13, 2019

The best way to do evangelism is simply to ask questions. Spiritual conversations are best when we are genuinely interested in other people enough to ask them questions. How can you offer something that meets a need without asking them what is going on in their life? POSSIBLE STARTER QUESTIONS: Do you have much of a spiritual background? Where would you say you are in your spiritual pilgrimage? What is your concept of God? Is He a reality to you… Read more

February 18, 2019

Drew Dyck, whose day job is as editor at Moody Publishers (and was once editor for CT’s Leadership Journal), has written a book that provides the foundation for the most difficult thing for most of us: Getting ourselves to overcome temptations and setting good habits so that our lives can be more what God wants for us: A life of freedom and flourishing. That’s a huge claim. I know. Having been a Christian for nearly 30 years, I can say… Read more

February 13, 2019

Best Practices for Pastors (Part 4). For my doctoral dissertation, my research discovered how pastors lead congregants to participate in the mission God through their vocations. Based on that research, I’ve identified some best practices for pastors who would like to see their congregants live as whole-life disciples, where every aspect of their lives are participating in the mission of God in our world. The Fall is what many people experience every day in their lives and vocations. Work is… Read more

February 2, 2019

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January 31, 2019

Best Practices for Pastors (Part 3). For my doctoral dissertation, my research discovered how pastors lead congregants to participate in the mission God through their vocations. Based on that research, I’ve identified some best practices for pastors who would like to see their congregants live as whole-life disciples, where every aspect of their lives are participating in the mission of God in our world. The four-chapter gospel story (Creation / Fall / Redemption / Consummation) explains that humans, in our… Read more

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