Advice to Your Younger Working Self

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. A few years ago, I was asked by the Gospel Coalition Australia to contribute a reflection on work to their website, and I decided to include a “Letter to Myself as a Young Worker”. To my surprise it was very popular, it seemed to hit a nerve. It occurred to me that…

The Danger of Nostalgia

By Jim Grubs, reprinted from Minding the Gap. I began my employment with Reell Precision Manufacturing at a time when the company was flourishing. We designed and produced excellent products; we had strong net profits; co-workers enjoyed benefits that typically exceeded industry standards; and the leadership was clear and intentional about its purpose. However, as is true with all organizations, we…

Seminary Spotlight: Wesley Seminary

By Colleen Derr, president; reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. Wesley’s students serve as basketball coaches, 7-11 managers, junior high teachers, YMCA directors, corporate executives, chaplains and health care providers as well as church planters, pastors, church leaders and missionaries. Our students live in 29 different countries, speak many different languages, and are connected to over 60 different Christian denominations. What…

Study: What Workers Want from Churches

By Denise Daniels and Mark D. Roberts, reprinted from Made to Flourish. Over the past three years, I (Denise) have been working on a research project called Faith at Work: An Empirical Study, which collected data from individuals across the United States. My colleagues and I wanted to understand how everyday people think about faith and work. We also sought to learn…

How Do You Smile through a Mask?

By Sarah Heynemann, reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. It’s a pretty difficult time to be giving bad news to patients in the hospital at present. A young patient presents with a seeming innocuous musculoskeletal complaint and leaves hospital the recipient of an advanced incurable cancer. How do you relay this news with compassion and empathy at any…

Leading Betwixt and Between

By Lisa Slayton, reprinted from The Wholeness Journey. There is a marvelously breathtaking moment when we watch the trapeze artist flying through the air as she releases one swing and looks suspended, seemingly weightless, high above the ground before she reaches to grab onto the next swing or the hands of her partner. While it fascinates us to watch, we…

“Lay People” Are the Church’s First Order of Ministers

By Fletcher Lowe, reprinted from Living God’s Mission. Over two thousand years ago, Paul said it this way: “Equip the saints for ministry.” (Ephesians 4:12) Sixty-six years ago, the Second Assembly of the World Council of Churches, fleshed it out: The real battles of faith today are being fought in factories, shops, offices, and farms, in political parties and government agencies, in countless…

Review: The Job – Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change

By David Gill, reprinted from The 313. Ellen Ruppel Shell is professor of journalism at Boston University and a widely-published author. The Job is one of the very best books (of many dozens) assessing the changing work and employment scene. Part One is about “Our National Jobs Disorder.” It used to be argued that technology is flattening organizations and has liberating, empowering…