God’s Work in Darkness

In movies and media today, savvy viewers know to look for “Easter eggs.” Reminiscent of the egg hunts we experienced as children, movie directors and software creators offer these Easter eggs as inside jokes.

A View from the Pew: Yard Work Is the Lord’s Work

I came of age in central Florida where lawn maintenance is a year-round chore/opportunity. So when I see someone riding or pushing a mower, particularly in the summer, I can’t help but hold them in high regard. Of all the thankless jobs laypeople do in churches, mowing the church lawn is one of the toughest.

Pray Before You Work

Most persons would agree that we are busier than ever. We work from home, participate in a conference call while in the car, and think about work at the dinner table. Calendars are crammed to capacity so now we borrow from Sunday to make the weekends meet.

Formations 02.21.2016: The Ten Excuses

A few months ago, an employment website called Career Builder polled users to see how many employees had come up with an excuse to avoid going in to work in 2015.

Formations 12.27.2015: Only the Beginning

This December, we reach the 150-year anniversary of when the United States officially ratified and adopted the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution.

Easy like Sunday Morning?

Sometimes getting inside the church building is hard. I’ve talked to a few friends recently about what it takes to collect all they’ve got and bring it into Sunday’s gathering. Some people get to roll in on Sunday, hands free. Some folks face obstacles just getting to the door.

Pew Potatoes

My grandmother lived her entire life on a farm. First, it was cotton, then it was soybean, and finally it was cows and chickens. I spent every summer of my childhood and teen years on that farm, working in my uncle’s chicken houses, chasing stray cows, bailing and stacking hay.

Formations 11.23.2014: Curators of Reputation

These days many job-seekers turn to professional networking sites like LinkedIn and Quora to burnish their personal brand and make connections with possible employers. But what if their networking platform were actually sabotaging them rather than helping them?

In Pursuit of the Spirit: The Search for Sabbath in a Busy Life

I recently started working at a local church as their Church School Coordinator, and while the job will soon be just ten hours a week, for the past three weeks it has been closer to forty hours a week.