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What’s Next for The Washington Institute

A message from Bill Fullilove, Director of The Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation and Culture.  As Steve moves on to this next phase of his own vocational calling at Regent College, I am humbled and honored that he and the … more »

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The Distant Drums… On Death and Hope, Sorrow and Joy

I’m sitting with one hundred University Singers, my choral group at UVa, in the gigantic John Paul Jones Arena, energized and jittery with excitement: we are about to sing for Kevin Spacey—Frank Underwood on House of Cards, Broadway & film … more »

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Announcing the 2014 Missio Essay Contest

The editors of Missio are pleased to announce the first-ever Missio essay contest! Spread the news; sharpen your pencils. We want to hear stories that emerge from the nexus of faith, vocation, and culture. We seek stories that serve as evidences … more »

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On Prayer Again

In light of the discussions of listening and calling this week, here is a prayer from Walter Bruegemmann’s superb prayer collection, Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth. In the words of the prayer, God’s call is a hard mix, and … more »

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Thoughts from the Dying for a New Year

The dying have a lot to teach the living. I’ve often mentioned that I’ve come to discover the deepest truths about life, God, and the spiritual life from the lives and insights of those who have suffered much, and those … more »

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Mary’s Song

And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord   and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,   for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed,    for the … more »

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Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing

In all of the teaching and speaking and writing we do here at the Institute around the topic of vocation, one thing is certainly true: theology matters.  It matters for countless reasons, of course, but a significant one is that … more »

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Fellows Shapes Storyteller Who Shapes City

This week Christianity Today profiles a gifted young city planner who shapes her city and community through story-telling.  Most notably for us here at The Washington Institute, Ebony Walden’s story also tells about her experience as a Trinity Fellow at … more »

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Mourning A Cosmopolitan Culture: Helen Gurley Brown’s Legacy of Lies

“Good Girls Go to Heaven – Bad Girls Go Everywhere” – written on Helen Gurley Brown’s office wall  or embroidered on a sofa cushion. News sources don’t agree. Whatever you read or watch about Cosmopolitan Magazine’s International Editor Helen Gurley … more »

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What’s So Special About an Accountant?

Kate Harris and I were talking recently about questions people raise regarding the value God sees in the little things.  This is especially important when speaking about vocation and wondering about the value of the things we each do each … more »

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