Category: Vulnerability

Book Review – Immanuel Labor: God’s Presence In Our Profession

I have mentioned many times, probably too many times, the seeming Mount-Everest-height stack of books published over the last 7-10 years relating to the integration of faith and work. One could justifiably argue we do not need any more books, but rather to read the books already written and apply their principles to our work. But for good or ill,…

The Purpose of Rest is to Enable Us To Work More, Right?

Deeply and faithfully loving and caring for oneself is enough – it’s not just a pause between activities, writes a seminary professor and psychologist. This was first published in Faith & Leadership. By Chanequa Walker-Barnes I couldn’t move, it seemed. I was hungry and needed a shower, but I couldn’t force myself to get out of bed. It was as if somehow…

Book Review and Interview: Redeeming Capitalism

Note: This book will be launched tonight with a special event at the Chicago Faith at Work Summit. Many subjects can move a conversation in an unintended direction as the result of preconceived notions or baggage associated with the material. One topic that is often difficult to discuss for this reason is capitalism. I am pleased that Kenneth Barnes has…

Book Review: One Blood: Parting Words to the Church on Race

We have much to celebrate in the faith and work movement as individuals and organizations are drawn into and contribute to this conversation. Hearts and minds are being shaped by the truth that all of our work matters. God desires to use each of us to advance His Kingdom in this world. At the same time, an attitude of continuous…

Quit Your Day Job (On Hannah Gadsby, Worker)

“Don’t quit your day job” is the extremely clever advice hecklers yell at comedians they judge to be not very funny. (As if 99% of performers – or writers or other artists – could ever afford not to have day jobs.) Australian standup comic Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix special “Nanette” isn’t especially funny, but that’s part of its point. In the middle of the special, she…

How Rest Can Save the Conversation on Vocation From Itself, Part 4: Saving Vocation by Resisting Our Worst Instincts

Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this series The Sabbath commandment not only provides rest for a restless world, but is an essential aspect of the conversation about vocation. Indeed, understanding the Sabbath correctly can help us to understand vocation – and even that dimension of vocation that we call work – better, as Marva Dawn argues in Keeping…

Take This Job and Shove It: Theological Reflections on Vocation at #ActonU

This summer, I had the opportunity to attend my 7th Acton University, the 1st since joining the team at Made to Flourish. ActonU was a rich experience of learning and conversation with friends, both old and new. ActonU can be a daunting experience as you have the opportunity to choose 11 classes from more than 100 options. Unlike any conference…