The Work of God – The Rule of St. Benedict

After the long chapter on humility, Benedict moves on to a series of instructions on the life of a monk in the monastery.  The chapters have titles such as “How Many Psalms are to be Said at the Night Office” and  “How Lauds are to be Said on Weekdays.”  A lot of it is certainly […]

Everyday Faith – Bringing Faith to Work and Class

After you graduate from college, you will spend more time at work then (probably) anywhere else.  Your studies at college, the work you put into your classes, are preparing you for your career. What does your faith that you express at church on Sunday have to do with your work throughout the rest of the […]

Reviews of a Couple Books on Christian Work and Vocation

In the past year I’ve been reading a lot of books on a Christian view of work.  I think helping people see that God has called them into their field of work is vitally important for both campus ministers, working with people while pursuing their education and preparing for work, and for church ministers who […]

The Holiness of Work – Bonhoeffer’s Life Together (Listening to the Saints)

I am still wanting to share more of what I learned from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s amazing, classic book, Life Together.  Maybe I want to keep sharing on it because I am mad no one made me read it in seminary.  Or maybe I just really want others to read it.  Most of the books on the […]

Work Matters and Love Does (Review of Books on Vocation)

Growing up in the church I got the impression that there were two sorts of Christians: those called by God to do fantastic things such as pastors and missionaries, and the rest who had to spend their time in less holy and unimportant jobs.  It was almost as if the sole purpose of Christianity was […]

Favorite Books I Read this Year – Christian Vocation

I am going to reflect on a few of my favorite books from 2011.  But note that these are books I read in 2011, not necessarily ones that were new in 2011 . One theme I harp on with the college students is calling.  Growing up I got the impression that God calls people (well, […]

Listening to the Saints – Classic Fiction (and Vocation)

I spent a large portion of this summer reading a few of the works by one of the greatest novelists of all time: Fyodor Dostoyevsky. For the first time I read Crime and Punishment, then I reread The Brothers Karamazov. I also read Notes from the Underground, one of his less well-known works.  Dostoyevsky’s books […]

Summer in Thessalonica – The Second Letter

Paul had preached the message that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior in the city of Thessalonica (Acts 17). While there he faced persecution, soon leaving for the nearby city Berea. He left a very small community of Christians behind. After traveling to Athens and then Corinth, he wrote a letter to this tiny church […]

CS Lewis on the Holiness of Learning and Work

CS Lewis’s lecture, “Learning in War-Time” provides an excellent defense for Christian study at university. Beyond just that, it shows what is the value of Christian living in everyday life. The question every Christian who comes to the university faces is how it is right for “creatures who are every moment advancing either to Heaven […]