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Missio on Loving the City: Jeremiah 29

Jeremiah 29 is one of the seminal texts to biblically consider faith, work, and vocation.  Unfortunately, verse 11 is often read without the surrounding context: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare … more »

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Missio on Grumbling: Sharing the Burden

I spend my vocational days as a caregiver, caring for those with special needs through a remarkable ministry called Jill’s House.  In Numbers 11:14 Moses said to the Lord, “I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is … more »

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Missio on Grumbling: Reframing the Mundane

Walk into the office, ask my supervisor how I can help today, get a long list of tasks ranging from papers to file, emails to return, excel spreadsheets to create, and then after a few minutes of small talk, go … more »

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Missio on Strife: Unnecessary Generosity, Part 2

In Genesis 13, even though the promise of the land was to Abram, he allowed Lot to choose the best part of the land, showing uncommon and unnecessary generosity.  And Abram lived less well because of this choice.  Lot took … more »

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Missio on Strife: Removing Staples, Underemployment, and the Kingdom of God

It was yet another rainy Wednesday morning when I walked into the Russell Senate office building.  I set my umbrella against the wall and got to straight to work.  Before me were dozens of letters from 2009 with tea bags … more »

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Missio on Strife: Unnecessary Generosity

“So Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the Negeb. Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold….  And Lot, who went with Abram, … more »

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Everything is Broken

Work may have been made good, even pleasurable, but the simple fact is that it is not for most people today.  One of my friends likes to ask the proverbial 64 Million Dollar Question: “If I gave you 64 million dollars today, … more »

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“Let’s Start at the Very Beginning, a Very Good Place to Start”

“Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start…” Julie Andrews sang Rodgers and Hammerstein’s famous line in The Sound of Music.  And that’s good advice.  Genesis 1 and 2 bear a disproportionate influence on our understanding … 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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Living the Blame Game

I live in the midst of the blame game – I work for a general contractor.  In the construction industry, you exist in this middleman role between the owner and architect who hire you to build a building and the … more »

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