Feature Articles

Oct 2, 2014

Vocation Focus: Do You Know What You Want?

by Angela Aadahl
What do you want? I’ve grown up in a culture that taught me all I needed to do was figure out what I wanted and then go make it happen: whatever the cost, whatever means necessary. The biggest problem was I had no idea what I wanted. Still don’t. Am...
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Sep 26, 2014

Vocation Focus: Seven Ideas to Help You Live With Greater Focus

The average person checks his cell phone 150 times each day. Is it any wonder that we feel unfocused and distracted? Years before social media exploded and smart phones pressured us with constant notifications, The Attention Economy discussed the limitations of human bandwidth. Our brains can only process so much...Read more +
Sep 26, 2014

Vocation Focus: The Five Biggest Career Mistakes Christians Make

For years I was stuck in a mindset that placed an irrationally high value on ministry while under-appreciating God’s interest in using my talents, skills, and interests to pursue His kingdom in a variety of alternate forms. God has created a pretty big world out there, but many of us...Read more +
Sep 30, 2014

Submit Your Story (Linkup): Pursue God

As a young college freshman, I was befriended by a graduate student who was a man of few words, but still carried deep wisdom. Although I’ve forgotten his full name, I’ll always remember his long beard and narrow gaze. And I’ll never forget his passion for God. Steve was probably...Read more +
Sep 30, 2014

Vocation Focus: Yes, I'm the Mechanic

For a lot of people, making the transition from being an international realty broker to running an auto mechanic shop might seem pretty tough—and George Zaloom wouldn't tell you otherwise. But the process through which George became able to answer, "Yes, I'm the mechanic" without it sounding like "Yes, I'm...Read more +
Sep 26, 2014

Vocation Focus: Making Music Out of Noise

I’m writing from a small sound room with an eleven-year old, her violin, and her instructor—the Concertmaster for the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. The girl is weaving together Concerto No. 5, 1 st Movement, by Friedrich Seitz straight out of the case. I wonder how I’ll concentrate; she’s pretty good. Despite...Read more +
Sep 26, 2014

Vocation Focus: Learn to Love Your Job

by Bob Smietana
Andi and Al Tauber won’t ever be famous. And they may never be rich. But they live a life of surprising extravagance, filled with music and friendship, grace and purpose. The Taubers, who perform as the acoustic duo, “Andi and I,” moved to Chicago in the mid-90s to pursue a...Read more +
Sep 29, 2014

Must Be Present to Win

At the company's weekly staff meeting, Jenny was determined to stand up and stand out. All night she worked on her report. Every page, every title, every bullet point had to impress. When Jenny finally crawled into bed, she was near exhaustion, and so she slept … right through her...Read more +
Sep 26, 2014

David Brooks on Leadership

David Brooks on Leadership
NYT Columnist David Brooks shares some leadership advice: Good leaders can step outside their own egos to understand the opposition.Read more +
Sep 19, 2014

Best Books for Business: I Beg to Differ

Many years ago, I heard the theory of entropy applied to relationships. Their quality has a tendency to decline over time, this person said. Without effort, couples (and coworkers) may find themselves wondering how they ever got along. The idea stuck and inspired me to tend my marriage well, because...Read more +

Daily Reflection From Laity Lodge

How Can I Be Filled With the Spirit? Part 2

In yesterday’s reflection , I began to consider the exhortation in Ephesians 5:18, “Be filled with the Spirit.” The Spirit in this verse is the Spirit of God, the one who fills us with God’s own presence and power. Yet, if the Spirit is the one who fills us, how can we respond to the imperative, “Be filled with the Spirit.” You may have noticed that this is a passive imperative. The Greek does not mean, “Fill yourself with the...Read more +