Congregational Systems

(Reprinted from a series on the Episcopal faith and work blog “Living God’s Mission.”) By J. Fletcher Lowe, Jr. I live in Richmond, VA, a reasonably large metropolitan area.  There are several Episcopal churches from which people can choose.  The congregation that I rectored several years ago made a conscious identity decision—to be known for its creative liturgy and for its…

Thanking God for Business (Some Prayers and Thoughts After the Hurricane)

Reprinted from the Center for Faith and Work at LeTourneau University. By Bill Peel My eyes were glued to the Weather Channel during the landfalls and aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma like many of you. And we were all so impressed with both the first responders who put their lives on the line as well as the volunteers who went…

Book Review: Calling All Years Good: Christian Vocation Throughout Life’s Seasons

Calling All Years Good: Christian Vocation Throughout Life’s Seasons makes an important contribution by discussing vocation from infancy to old age.  I’m not aware of any other book dedicated to this topic. The book is edited by Kathleen Cahalan and Bonnie Miller-McLemore. Cahalan is professor of practical theology at Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota. Her previous work…

Baptismal Accountability

(Reprinted from a series on the Episcopal faith and work blog “Living God’s Mission.”) By Edward L. Lee, Jr. In A. Wayne Schwab’s recent posting for Living God’s Mission titled “Designing the Right System” he posited this insight: If we want a church that gives primary emphasis to the concept of ministry in daily life then we have to  “redesign…

Making a Permanent Impact on American Society

Dear peers in the Faith & Work Movement, I often imagine what collective impact between our ministries and churches might look like. What would it look like for us to partner together to make a permanent, generational impact on American society? When it comes to work, in many ways, our society is hemorrhaging. The labor participation rate for men age 24-55 is…

Work as Holy War

By Greg Forster; part one of a series. In this series, I’ll be looking at our daily work as a holy war to destroy the devil’s works. “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.” He won the victory for us on the cross,  of course. But as our work becomes cruciform it becomes a…

“I Wish We Heard More Sermons on This:” An Interview With L.T. Jeyachandran

L.T. Jeyachandran hails from Tamil Nadu in South India. He worked in several parts of India for 28 years as a Senior Civil Engineer with the Central (Federal) Government and took early retirement from the Government in November 1993 to join Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in India. He functioned as Director of Ministries there until December 2000. He also served…