Oct 25, 2012

Community Post: Butter Knives in the Final Frontier

Tod Bolsinger says, "In Dad’s hands a simple kitchen instrument that just that morning had been instrumental in making PB & J sandwiches for school lunches, becomes, at once, a screwdriver, a paint scraper, a pry bar, a file, a lever and even a small hammer . . . When...
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Sep 14, 2012

Another Meeting?

“I’m not coming back! I know I say that every week, but this time I really mean it!” It was a Tuesday night in November. Becky had yet again gotten into an argument with another child at our weekly Bible class. I knew enough about Becky and her life not...Read more +
Jun 28, 2012

Is Your Activity Aligned With Your Direction?

I once worked with an organization that was not quite as focused as it should have been. Their returns were on a long, slow decline, and nobody was sure what to do. After we clarified the company’s vision and three strategic priorities, I asked the President how many of the...Read more +
Mar 30, 2012

Everything Matters: Editing as a Cultural Act

Editor's Note: On Fridays we're hosting a series called Everything Matters, where guests share why the work of their particular vocational fields is a cultural act. Each installment serves as a response to the post, Creating a High Calling Culture . I am a professional back-seat driver. I sit in...Read more +
Mar 2, 2012

Everything Matters: Creating a High Calling Culture

I need your help with a bit of culture creation . . . but first, let me give you some background. It wasn’t until my 20s that I began to merge what I considered the spiritual world—prayer, singing, reading the Scriptures—with everything else: academics, music, work, pop culture. I generally...Read more +
Jan 17, 2012

Vocational Surfing: Would Someone Puhleeze Ride that Wave?

My friend refuses to eat at TGI Friday’s for theological reasons. Work was given to us before the fall of humankind, not after. For that reason, work is a good thing, as opposed to being the cause for exclaiming some form of tgif. When Friday rolls around, are you glad...
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Jul 21, 2011

How to See What's Right in Front of You

I have a friend who is 13 years older than me. When his daughter Jenny was in college, my daughters were young children. One day I asked him what he would give to have Jenny as a five-year-old again for one day. Just so she could throw herself into his...Read more +
Apr 5, 2011

Your Life is Perfect

My management team got together the other day to review our progress on a major corporate initiative. About a year ago we had laid out a huge, exciting new vision, and we've been working ever since to implement it. Well, struggling, actually, would be a better word. Aside from its...Read more +
May 25, 2010

Forget Vision - It's all About the Process

Setting a long-term vision seems to be crucial to success. But if you're not having any fun in getting there, is it really worth it?
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Apr 15, 2009

Shout to the Darkness

The story is told by Thomas Lane Butts about a television circus show that highlighted a Bengal tiger act. Like the rest of the show, it was done "live" before a large audience. One evening, the tiger trainer went into the cage with several tigers to do a routine performance...
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