When Pleasing God Is a Paradox

By Jim Grubs, reprinted from Minding the Gap. In my recent reading, I’ve come across Parker Palmer who’s written the book On the Brink of Everything. It’s a book about the latter years of living; looking at many of the principles he’s found important to him. From the title above, you’ve probably guessed one of them is the principle of paradox.…

Seminary Spotlight: Covenant Theological Seminary

By Dan Doriani, reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. Rooted in the Reformed and Kuyperian traditions, Covenant Theological Seminary offers students both specific courses on work and a curriculum-wide approach to engagement with the labor of humanity and of believers in particular. Covenant Seminary students initially engage work in the classroom through a first-year course, taught by three professors, titled Calling,…

Hearing Diverse Voices on the Secular-Sacred Divide

By Chigor Chike, reprinted from Everyday Faith. Adapted from an Inspiring Everyday Faith Webinar held on Wednesday 25 March 2020. Everyday Faith and the Secular-Sacred Distinction For the church it is important that in our gatherings and discussions we find opportunities to include people of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) heritage. There is often a useful, different perspective that…

Myths & Truths: From Work/Life to Dimensions of Life

By Lisa Slayton; part seven of a series. Reprinted from The Wholeness Journey. MYTH #6: I can (or it is possible to) achieve work/life balance if I am clear on my calling. This past weekend I spent two days becoming certified as a coach for the Designing Your Life (DYL) process with Bill Burnett. Leveraging the principles of Design Thinking –…

Designing Workplaces to Be More Human

By Jeff Haanen, reprinted from the Denver Institute for Faith and Work. We spend about a third of our waking lives at work. And yet, for the majority of people, work is not much more than a paycheck. We feel lonely, especially men. We feel like there’s a gap between our job responsibilities and our own potential. We often feel exhausted and question…

Rethinking Retirement

By David Williamson. Legendary sports writer Sid Hartman turned 100 on March 15. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune produced a full 18-page special section of the paper that day celebrating Sid’s 100th birthday. He was a local and perhaps national legend in part because every notable person he met or interviewed became one of Sid’s “close personal friends.” Subsections of the special…

The Work of Waiting for Work

By Kelli Sallman, reprinted from Made to Flourish. Record layoffs. Seclusion. Loss. In three weeks, Americans filed more than 30 million unemployment claims and more are coming. Shelter-in-place rules, age, illness, and the broad loss of livelihoods have stripped away roles and outlets for talents that help form self-identity and purposeful work. For many in our communities, the world has become a…