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The Sacredness of Work

The Sacredness of Work

An auto mechanic with bruised, cracked hands — the product of years of hard, often thankless work — fiddles with that spaghetti-like labyrinth of wires, cylinders and other confusing stuff under the hood of your car that few of us can even begin to understand. He is a working man you’re mighty pleased to have around when you are stranded out in the middle of nowhere. Tell me his work isn’t...

The Sacredness of Work

An auto mechanic with bruised, cracked hands — the product of years of hard, often thankless work — fiddles with that spaghetti-like labyrinth of wires, cylinders and other confusing stuff under the hood of your car that few of us can even begin to understand. He is a working man you’re mighty pleased to have around when you are stranded out in the middle of nowhere. Tell me his work isn’t...

A New Job Description

A New Job Description

Recently I had been invited to an informational meeting of the Deacon’s Ministry Team of our church. The invitation was prompted by a recent conversation with our minister about my spiritual journey in need of a new spark. My spiritual practice consisted mostly of attending Sunday worship and daily prayer dictated by my mood or my schedule. Lately the stress at the hospital seemed unbearable and...

Work as Worship

Work as Worship

Nursing is my profession, my daily work. But it is also an important way I worship God. For me, work and worship have become like two blades of a scissors; one is useless without the other. I now see that work is a ministry performed before God.In Leap Over a Wall, one of my favorite authors, Eugene Peterson, tells how Saul, God’s anointed leader, decided to take over the responsibility...

Office Politics: Daniel, a Workplace Hero

Office Politics: Daniel, a Workplace Hero

Sometimes I feel like somebody stole my Bible and slipped me a poor substitute. After all, the characters in it seem like strangers. From pulpit after pulpit, they’re portrayed as full-time prophets, priests and ministers—the kind of people who go to seminary and get paid to live a Christian life. In fact, it took me many years to realize that that was not the kind of lifestyle most Bible...

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Supervisor-Employee Relationships

This article deals with the unique problems experienced by Christians when they supervise others or are employees. In the focus group discussion that formed the basis for part of this chapter, much of our conversation dealt with the supervisor’s perspective. The...

God Calls Us All to Our Work

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A Changed Heart at Work

VITAL S.:  William Payne Stewart was a professional golfer until his death Oct. 25, 1999, at age 42. PERSONAL FILE: Stewart was born in Springfield, Mo., and lived in Orlando, Fla., with his wife, Tracey, and children, Chelsea, 13, and Aaron, 10....

Integrity in the Workplace

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