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Missio on Rest (Deuteronomy 5:12-15)

When God created us, He built work into the very core of our being and purpose: “The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” (Genesis 2:15, ESV) But … more »

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Missio on Strife: The Artistry of Work

In Alsace, France there is a sixteenth century painting, the Isenheim Altarpiece, which depicts the Crucifixion with John the Baptist and Mary on either side of Jesus.  Many details are noteworthy here, but what I love most is John’s finger.  … more »

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Woodworking, Building a Business, and Spiritual Formation in Light of Genesis 1

In Genesis 1, God worked.  He made this world and made us – in His image.  And He said it was good, even very good.  For me, the best way I feel that I image God well is through turning … more »

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A Meditation on Excess Productivity: Great Gifts, Stewarded Badly

Genesis 3: 14-20 describes the curse that befalls creation after Adam and Eve have disobeyed God in the garden. We then hear the stories of their descendants and the story of the Flood before we end up at the tower … more »

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Aping the Termite Tower

When God created all of the astounding diversity of the earth, He called it good.  As someone who enjoys the thrill of seeing a project come to life, I can’t imagine the exhilarating anticipation followed by pure elation and eventually … more »

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A Visit to the Reframing Shop with Jesus

We all live our life by some narrative, even if it’s only “I owe, I owe, so off to work I go.”  The narrative frames the activity and gives it meaning.  Of course, most of us have lived our lives … more »

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A Gift from Jeff Taylor – A Worker’s Prayer

Some number of months ago, maybe even a year now, I was speaking at an event in which Buddy Green and Jeff Taylor were the guest musicians.  (Buddy wrote the incredible song “Mary Did You Know?” and Jeff has recorded … more »

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Unconnected in a World of Digital Connections – Part 3: Trinity, Idolatry, Twitter, and Facebook

In the current blog series on communication technologies, we have sought to bring attention to the way in which the specific form of communication influences both the content and user. This is to say that when technology is used as … more »

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Unconnected in a World of Digital Connections – Part 2: We made Twitter, but it also makes us…

The average American spends unprecedented amounts of time in front of digital screens each day. The Guardian recently reported that in 2014 one trillion photos were taken across the globe, including an estimated 30 billion selfies. Over the last century, … more »

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The Gospel is a Game Changer

“Why on earth would you spend so much time doing that?” You may ask, but let me explain. To non-gamers, gamers may seem like people who spend way too much time giving themselves to a fantasy world. From devoting most … more »

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