Aug 7, 2013

Can Work and Creativity Co-Exist?

"What do you love best about community theater?" I asked the twelve-year-old girl. We were backstage at the Cailloux Theater, waiting in the wings for our entrance into The King and I. "It's great training," she said, "for when I want to do real acting someday for my job." I'm...Read more +
Jun 28, 2013

Jesus Is a Model of Work-Life Balance

Luke 5:1-16; Matthew 11:25-29
Remember the story of the Grinch Who Stole Christmas? He hates the noisy crowds of Christmas. Crowds of kids playing with toys. Crowds of people feasting and laughing. Crowds of people singing. I imagine the Grinch would hate smart phones. A smart phone provides nearly constant access to the noisy...Read more +
Jun 27, 2013

Quiet Living in a Noisy World

1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
Yesterday we talked about serving God in quietness according to the Hebrew Scripture in Ecclesiastes. Paul has similar advice for the church in Thessalonica. He says, "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life." This is a good ambition! The word "quiet" here is a Greek verb that means...Read more +
Jun 26, 2013

Lessons on Contentment from Ecclesiastes and Monopoly

Ecclesiastes 4:4-8
Last week, my son destroyed me in a game of Monopoly. I couldn't decide whether to be proud or horrified as his shrewd decisions eliminated each of us one by one. As always happens, the game ended with wailing from the losers and apologies from the winner. "I'm sorry," he...Read more +
Jun 25, 2013

Don't Be Lazy Like the Cheese

2 Thes. 3:6-13
"You are as lazy as cheese!" the man said to me. I was a sixteen-year-old exchange student in Germany. The man was my German host father for the entire year. Honestly, I think back on some of the stunts I pulled that year, and I don't know how he put...Read more +
Jun 24, 2013

Pour Yourself a Cup of Work-Life Balance?

Deuteronomy 5:1-21
What did you do last week? Where did you spend your time? Perhaps like the old Dolly Parton song, you were working nine to five. According to Dolly, people tumble out of bed before work and pour themselves a "cup of ambition." At the end of the week, we thank...Read more +
May 15, 2013

The Secret to Better Work and Life Is Not Rocket Science

What if someone told you they knew the secret to a better life? What if they shared this secret with you? They promised you would be able to concentrate better, enjoy life more, increase productivity at work, decrease stress at work and at home, and have a better sense of...Read more +
May 8, 2013

Dallas Willard, a Man of Deep Love and Christ-like Character

Dallas Willard died today, May 8, 2013, at age 77. His ideas and books about spiritual formation have made a lasting impression on many Christians, including many of the writers here at The High Calling. Today as a testament to him, we share a few excerpts from articles that would...Read more +
Apr 3, 2013

Location, Location, Location: From the Cubicle to the Coffee Shop

Where, exactly, do you work? I work from home. I occasionally have meetings at clients’ offices. But I often pack up my laptop and head for a local coffee shop to work. One Chicago Tribune article referred to people like me, who take over a table with a laptop and...Read more +
Mar 28, 2013

Easter Inspiration from The High Calling

Good Friday has come. We have remembered the darkest hour of our faith, but we know the end of the story. Tomorrow morning, Christians around the world will gather to celebrate the miracle at the center of our faith. Jesus rose. Jesus lives. He is not dead. He is not...Read more +