At the conclusion of our Good Work series and at the conclusion at the of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, the issue is boiled down to this: What fruit do you bear with your work? What marks your life’s work? Does your life’s work point to all that matters? Paul says at the end of Galatians, “What […]Read more "Good Work: Fruit"
If we were honest, many of us feel “boxed in” by our work. Our work doesn’t energize us. It stifles us. But maybe it isn’t our work…or maybe it is. As we’ve talked about in this series, our work may not be the problem. The way we see work might be the culprit of our […]Read more "Good Work: Identity, Role, and Place"
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"
Bob Goff, the author of Love Does, tells a story about time when he had to tell someone he cared about, and someone who had cared a lot about him, that he had decided to quit high school and go out west. He went to this person’s house to tell him the bad news. Bob then got […]Read more "Standing in Grace 4: Going With Us"
If you get on social media platform for even a short period of time these days, you will see different prescriptions for what we need to be doing to fix our problems and why each prescription is the right one (and others are wrong). Along these lines, the Apostle Paul faced a question from early Christian communities (and opponents) […]Read more "Standing in Grace: Why Be Good"
Through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we find ourselves standing in grace. There is nowhere we can walk in our lives where we are not on the ground of God’s undeserved kindness and warm acceptance of us. We cannot earn it. We can only believe in Jesus and wake up to what […]Read more "Standing in Grace: Infused Into Us"
The Church has sent some bad messages about money. Give 10% because the Bible says so; it’s your duty.* Give because we have a need. Give because God’s going to give you stuff in return. Make no bones about it. We’re called to give our money. We’re called to open our lives–everything we are and […]Read more "The Gratitude Path 4: Currency & Economy"
Give thanks in every situation…what a pie-in-the-sky thing to say. And yet Paul said this is God’s will for us in Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Paul practiced what he preached, too. He practiced. Paul practiced giving thanks when he was in jail. He practiced it when people betrayed him. He practiced it in all situations. And practicing […]Read more "The Gratitude Path 2: In Every Situation"
We’ve been talking about how everything we have is a gift from God for us, for our neighbors, for the Eternal Kingdom. The most dangerous gift God ever gave was freedom–our ability to make free choices. God did that for the sake of real relationship. After all, if God forced us to make choices for […]Read more "All Is Gift 4: Freedom"