But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Sunday, 14 April 2019 19:00

God Watches the Way You Work

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A Weighty Decision

It is our heavenly Father who provides food for birds and clothing for flowers. We, who are more valuable to him, are therefore to trust him for the necessities of life.

Anxiety and fear are real. Many years ago I was in Hungary and met a man whose demeanor impressed me greatly, a...

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Thursday, 11 April 2019 19:00

The Parable of the Good Samaritan Part 2: Business

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When we think of the parable of the Good Samaritan, we tend to think of the importance of charity and giving to those in need. That is one of the chief points Jesus is making. But is it possible that the parable might have something to say about work and business as well?

A Sequel to the Good...

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Tuesday, 09 April 2019 19:00

Gaining Perspective in a Quarter-Life Crisis

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By age 30, many young people today are asking themselves the same questions that a 50-year-old would ask, “It this as good as it gets? Why aren’t I living the dream? Am I a failure?” That’s what author Rachel Jones writes about in her new book, Is This It?It’s not a...

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If you are not one of the over 36 million people who have watched UCLA college gymnast Katelyn Ohashi’s perfect floor exercise you need to watch it…go ahead, I’ll wait.

I will have to admit that I knew who Katelyn Ohashi was, but I had not seen her routine. She and her teammates...

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Thursday, 04 April 2019 19:00

Learning to Be Content In Every Circumstance

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I am an intensely independent person. I take pride in being able to solve my problems and the problems of others. As you might imagine, a common theme in my life is learning to trust God more than myself.

It’s easy to claim to be trusting God when things are going your way. However, the best...

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There is a website called Despair, Inc. which makes fun of the signs and motivational posters that adorn the walls of so many offices. My favorite is one that shows a picture of a sinking ship.  Under the picture the caption reads, “It could be that the purpose of your life is only to...

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Sunday, 31 March 2019 19:00

Finding Purpose in the Gig Economy

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We’ve all seen it growing, used it, and may even have found ourselves offering our own labor and services as part of it.

The Gig Economy.

Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, PostMates, Fiverr, Etsy, Rover, and Shipt have all expanded our imagination of what’s possible and how we might benefit from it.

Whet...

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Japan has a problem that foreshadows the future for many developed nations: a falling birth rate.

Its fast-shrinking population means Japan’s future labor force and tax base will shrivel, while its costs to maintain the elderly will grow.

This looming economic crisis has forced Japan’s...

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When we consider the great diversity of cultures, both today and throughout history, it seems unlikely that we could identify one thing that everyonewants. Many potential and conflicting answers present themselves: wealth, security, relationships, meaningful work, connection to the divine, fame,...

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Sunday, 24 March 2019 19:00

Dismantling the New Sacred-Secular Divide

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“Raise your hand if you’re going into full-time ministry.”

This was spoken by the dean of the School of Business at the graduation dinner the December I finished college.

Having attended a Christian university, and knowing the context behind this question, I smiled and began to...

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 19:00

Overcoming Shame in the Workplace

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The teacher called my name and I felt my face ignite. Blood rushed to my cheeks and I knew immediately that I resembled a tomato. I quickly answered the question and tried to wish away my blushing cheeks, which was fruitless after a classmate whispered, “Why are your cheeks so red?”

This...

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It has become commonplace to say that we live in a pluralist society – not merely a society which is in fact plural in the variety of cultures, religions and lifestyles which it embraces, but pluralist in the sense that this plurality is celebrated as things to be approved and cherished...

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The college admissions scandal that rocked the U.S. this past week was a blatant reminder that we live in a fallen world where fallen people deal with issues of scarcity. What is scarcity and how does it impact our daily lives?

Scarcity is a fancy economic term to help explain that our fallen world...

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Thursday, 14 March 2019 19:00

God, the Model Entrepreneur

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In the beginning, God created… (Gen. 1:1)

Throughout the history of Christianity, a sort of Christian hierarchy of accepted vocations emerged. At the top are those that answered “the call,” such as missionaries and others in full-time church employment.

Somewhere near the bottom...

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 19:00

Why Does God Have Me in This Lowly Job?

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“Climbing the corporate ladder” is a phrase frequently used in a negative way to describe someone who is selfishly advancing their career at the expense of others. Millennials, however, view rapid upward mobility as something to be desired and praised. According to Entrepreneur magazine,...

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A recent Barna study reported, “Almost half of Millennials (47 percent) agree at least somewhat that it is wrong to share one’s personal beliefs with someone of a different faith in hopes that they will one day share the same faith.” In the same article, Barna president David...

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Our culture has a crisis in calling. We’ve been exploring this crisis, and how a biblical perspective on work can help us address it.

A biblical view of work runs throughout all of scripture. We are given the cultural mandate (Gen. 1:28) in Genesis to use our gifts to cultivate the kingdom...

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Mike Rowe, famous for his show “Dirty Jobs,” recently stated, “Good work implies the existence of bad work. Bad work suggests the existence of bad jobs. If you go into the world with an expectation that you have a category of good jobs and a category of bad jobs, then you’re...

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Sunday, 03 March 2019 17:00

The Spiritual Economics of Giving

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All too often sermons on tithing invoke more cringing, frustration, or resentment than actual tithing. The groaning becomes audible, the internal squirming becomes palpable, and people immediately start looking at their watches—or the nearest exit. However, there is another, more...

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“My greatest fear is that my life will not make a difference.”

A woman confessed this to me over the course of a vocational profile we were walking through together. Have you ever felt this way?

Over the past twenty-five years I have interviewed hundreds of people in the process of...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 17:00

Transforming Troublesome Coworker Behaviors

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People problems cost companies plenty. In a survey chronicled in the Harvard Business Review, executives from 83 companies estimated their companies lost $53 million each per year based on people-related problems.

For the believer, the Bible holds much advice on how to transform ourselves and those...

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 17:00

Utopian Dreams or Real Christian Hope?

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Do you long for a better world?

Would you like to see the many wrongs around you made right?

Do you wish everyone lived in a world of peace and justice?

Clearly we’d all answer yes to these questions.

The real question is, how can we accomplish these ends? How can we achieve a perfect world?

These...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 17:00

God, Why Did You Give Me This (One, Lousy) Talent?

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God gave humans not only the physical world, but our own talents—gifts and abilities that we can use to serve him.

Prior to the Reformation, the medieval church interpreted the talents in Jesus’ parable as spiritual gifts God bestowed on Christians. But the Reformers upset the status quo...

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Sunday, 17 February 2019 17:00

The Glorious Image of Christ in You

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My friends, God, by his Spirit, is at work restoring his likeness in you, the way it once was in Eden, except even better. Adam and Eve gave their allegiance to the Serpent instead of God. But when the image of God is fully restored in you, affection for and adoration of God will consume you. Old...

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Why is economics so daunting for people to approach?

In a previous post addressing this question, I discussed the problem with modern economics and why it seems so confusing. In another post, I examined this problem in depth, looking at how people have become alienated from economics.

Today,...

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