Aug 3, 2014

Every Platform an Altar

John 3:30
Matthew 20:26 “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant.” When that plucky Jennifer Lawrence kid in her festooning white gown trips trying to get up on that platform to get her Oscar—the world falls in love a bit more for her stumbling, blessed humanity. Because, really...Read more +
Aug 3, 2014

Building a Platform: Five Lessons From a Start-Up

Two years ago when I was unexpectedly let go from my job of 13 years, I figured I could either hunt down another job in the same industry or pursue a life of freelancing and consulting on my own. The former would likely result in starting over at the bottom...Read more +
Jul 27, 2014

Your Work Matters: When Others Don’t Appreciate

I have a job that sounds exciting—I lead the social media team for a large publicly held company. Every day is different. No day is like any other. I can plan my day—schedule meetings, carve out chunks of time to get work done, make phone calls, set aside some time...Read more +
Jul 27, 2014

Your Work Matters: Depression, Dishes, and Delight

“How old is your son?” the woman sitting next to me asked. “Four months,” I mumbled, quickly taking a bite of my salad and faking a smile. I thought of the piles of dirty clothes and clutter at home and wished for the tenth time that morning that I hadn’t...Read more +
Jul 27, 2014

Your Work Matters: When It Feels Like It Doesn’t

“I need this,” she said, looking each one of us in the eyes. “I need to hear your stories. It reminds me why I am doing this. Why I started in the first place.” We were sitting in a circle on a rooftop in Port au Prince, Haiti—a ragtag team...Read more +
Aug 3, 2014

Building a Platform: Interview with Agent Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson, founder of Wordserve Literary Group , has ridden the roller coaster of publishing for many years. Before working with authors, Greg wrote 23 non-fiction books and more than 200 magazine articles. He also worked for five years as founding editor for "Breakaway" magazine. Greg has represented more than...Read more +
Aug 10, 2014

Dreams in Cubicles

Joel 2:28
An astronaut. A doctor. An actor. A writer. An architect. When you were a kid and that inevitable question came up— what do you want to be when you grow up?— how did you answer? With what flourishes did you describe these future, adult dreams of yours? And did you...Read more +
Jul 13, 2014

Working for Free: The Double-Edged Sword of Purposeful Work

"There's a study on zookeepers I think you'd like," Gabe said. "Oh yeah?" I answered. I was in a hotel room in Indianapolis where, earlier that day, I'd led a series of workshops on the topic of "purpose." My cell phone was balanced in the crook of my neck so...Read more +
Jul 27, 2014

Your Work Matters: What Christianity Is Missing, How to Find It

I was eighteen years old, on a mission trip, when I lost my faith. It was the Lin Yeng Temple, a Hindu temple in Richmond, BC, and we were supposed to be praying over the false spirits, we were supposed to be converting lost souls, but I found myself taking...Read more +
Aug 18, 2014

The Most Unexpected Prayer

Mark 14:27-42
Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane is, in my opinion, the most unexpected prayer . . . ever. There is no prayer in Scripture that surprises us more than this one. And no prayer ever prayed startles us more than this one. Throughout the latter half of Mark’s Gospel,...Read more +