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Feb
02

Is Your Job Your Calling?

Hikers survey mountains

Recently I asked a asked a couple of friends if I should give up on my campaign to encourage people to stop using the word “calling” in the sense of “finding one’s calling” in the realm of work. They both said “yes.” They agreed that the idea was too ingrained in both the Christian culture…
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Jan
26

4 Ways to Become a Horrible Pastor

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No one sets out to be a horrible pastor, it just sort of happens. My guess is you aren’t reading this article to learn how to be more horrible as a pastor, but to make sure that you aren’t on the list. Sometimes horrible pastors are bad from the very beginning, but often they don’t…
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Jan
20

Why I Quit My Job

basket weaving

Before joining the faculty at Western Seminary in 2009, I worked for a technology company that was (and is) consistently named by FORTUNE magazine as one of the best companies to work for in America. In fact, the year I quit the company was the number one best company to work for. They deserved the…
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Dec
31

Let Everything That Has Breath Praise the Lord

Foggy breath in the cold

I am in the intensive care unit of the hospital, waiting for a patient to have a breathing tube placed down her airway. I have spent the past 5-10 minutes holding my patient’s hand and praying for her at her request, hearing her prayers and her praising God. She asked that I stay in the…
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Dec
22

Why Do We Blame the World for Being the World?

shoppers in mall

This weekend I received a well-intentioned but misplaced charge against the world. In the form of a song, it went something like this: “If the store clerk doesn’t greet you with ‘Merry Christmas’ but rather a ‘Happy Holidays’ or some other secular form of greeting, leave the store and go find one that still believes…
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