Dec 27, 2013

The Biggest Anxiety of Seniors at Harvard and the Best of 2013 Young Professionals

Too many voices in the world are still encouraging young people to see God work as separate from regular work. This past spring we talked with Harvard Seniors who expressed their biggest anxiety: Should I work for a non-profit organization that is going to do good in the world, or...Read more +
Dec 20, 2013

Shining a Spotlight on What Christmas Is All About

Luke 2:8-12
At our house, we love our Christmas movies and Christmas specials. During Advent, we watch Elf and the original animated Grinch and Mr. Bean’s hilarious nativity scene . But one special trumps them all: A Charlie Brown Christmas. Nearly 50 years ago in 1965, Charles Schulz and the Peanuts gang...Read more +
Oct 25, 2013

Facebook: Rediscovering 14th Century Community Values

Recently, my wife and I went to her 20th High School Reunion. As you can imagine there was much discussion about who we hoped to reconnect with, how we have changed in the past 20 years… and what we should wear. As we left our hotel room talking about the...Read more +
Sep 25, 2013

Pass Me the Butter and I Will See You Face to Face

Most days, you, Reader, are a number to me. You are one of 30,000 subscribers or 70,000 Facebook followers or 85,000 visitors who spend more than 10 minutes on our site. At best, you may leave an actual comment that contains a few words approximating your voice. It requires a...Read more +
Aug 30, 2013

More Than a Dozen Twitter Accounts That Encourage You in Your Work

When I was in college, the Grackles invaded our campus every Spring. Grackles are the Velociraptors of the feathered world. They eat anything, including garbage. They poop everywhere, including on each other. And they make a lot of noise . Sometimes Twitter seems like a flock of Common Grackles. There...Read more +
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 +

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