We’ve all had the gift that sat on the shelf and gathered dust. Maybe we had grand intentions about using the gift, but we never enacted those intentions. It stayed on the shelf until we gave it away. God is a gift giver. God gives gifts to show us who God is and who we […]Read more "Good Work: Gift"
I had a teacher once who was waaaay to excited about the quadratic equation…and derivatives and position and velocity and acceleration. He would teach about these things by singing about them to the tune of ’80’s songs. So picture a song about the quadratic equation in the tune of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” This […]Read more "Good Work: the Best Promotion"
Many of us don’t like our work. Most of us–almost all of us–will spend most of our lives working. And it’s not close. Are we all doomed to a life of work we don’t like? For those of us who like our jobs and our work, might there be something we’re still missing? Long ago in […]Read more "Good Work: Seeing Work Differently"
We are well scripted in another time another place thinking. In elementary school, we’re cautioned about what lies ahead in middle school. In middle school, we’re told about what we won’t get away with in high school. In high school, we’re prepared for the rigor of college. In our careers, we work for promotions and raises. Such […]Read more "Living Conviction: Faithful Action"
We aren’t exactly sure who wrote the Letter of James. Whoever it was, it is written with a tone of assurance–which may have been the result of a dramatic shift in conviction about who Jesus is. So, the writer looked out onto the world from a different vantage point. The writer started looking out from the Risen Jesus. […]Read more "Living Conviction: Vantage"
Have you ever met someone whose mind was dramatically changed? They had firm convictions in one direction and then, in an instant or as a conclusion of a long sequence of decisions, they now had very different convictions. And because their change in worldview was so dramatic, their shift in living was dramatic. The tone of […]Read more "Living Conviction: the Living One Who Defines Living"
A man in “gleaming, bright clothing” said to the women who came to the tomb of Jesus, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He isn’t here, but has been raised.Remember what he told you while he was still in Galilee, that the Human One must be handed over to sinners, be crucified, […]Read more "Back to Living"