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Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Economy, Work | 3 comments

Business Travel Have You Exhausted? Bring a Kid

Business Travel Have You Exhausted? Bring a Kid

  Traveling for business is tough. For most men I speak to, the time away from family and on the road is usually an emotional, spiritual and often physical black hole. My friend Danny recently came back from a business trip. Bleary-eyed, he shared that the meetings were poorly planned, his flight was delayed – and it took him at least two days to recover from a feeling of exhaustion after getting back to his wife and four kids.  And his family was a mess as a result of his week-long trip. Another friend, Andrew, sent a group of men an email, “I’ve been asked to head up a church group specifically for guys whose jobs have them on the road frequently. Those of you who travel regularly know that it can be challenging to get connected with other men while traveling. We also want to help strengthen men in the face of temptations that often present themselves while away from home. Do any of you have recommendations for a...

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Posted by on Nov 18, 2016 in Art, Work | 0 comments

That Eye-On-the-Object Look: Finding Focus in a Distracted World

That Eye-On-the-Object Look: Finding Focus in a Distracted World

  The world is a distracting place. Email, Facebook, open office spaces, iPhones, and insanity-inducing apps with red pop-up bubbles nagging for my attention. What would the opposite of a distracted work day look like? Check out this statement by W.H. Auden: “You need not see what someone is doing to know if it is his vocation, you have only to watch his eyes; a cook mixing a sauce, a surgeon making a primary incision, a clerk completing a bill of lading, wear the same rapt expression, forgetting themselves in a function. How beautiful it is, that eye-on-the-object look.” When was the last time you were working and you had that eye-on-the-object look? For me, at least, it’s elusive. So much clutter – mental, and physical. What can be done? This makes me think about three things: Find Deep Work. Cal Newport’s book makes the case that unplugging from distraction is rare, meaningful and valuable. He also gives some clear tips on on how to work deeply in a distracted...

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Posted by on Nov 10, 2016 in Economy, Work, World | 0 comments

Care About Refugees? This Greek Yogurt CEO is Hiring Hundreds of Them

Care About Refugees? This Greek Yogurt CEO is Hiring Hundreds of Them

  Hamdi Ulukaya, the CEO of Greek yogurt brand Chobani, is showing the world – including Christians – how to treat refugees. Since 2007, he has hired hundreds of refugees from all over the world, and currently employs over 300 refugees across his company. In a cultural moment when more refugees are drowning in the Mediterranean than ever before, Ulukaya has, in the words of a recent Global Citizen article, an astonishing amount of moral clarity: “He understands that refugees are fleeing tremendous hardship and just want to be given a chance to begin or resume a normal, healthy life. His workers have escaped death. They’ve seen family members get killed or have been forever separated from their families. They’ve endured years of uncertainty and fear. Now, they just want to be normal.” A Kurd from Turkey, Ulukaya knows what’s it like to be oppressed. Despite significant backlash against hiring refugees in the US, he continues to advocate for refugees and give them job opportunities as a way to rebuild...

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Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Economy, Nonprofit, Work | 1 comment

The “Culture Hole” in Our Annual Giving

The “Culture Hole” in Our Annual Giving

  So many charities, so many choices. This time of year, year-end fundraising appeals pour into our mailboxes. How are we to decide between the many worthy nonprofit causes that are asking for financial support? If you’re anything like Kelly (my wife) and me, you have to make this choice carefully. We’ve set aside a certain amount each year in our charitable giving budget, and we want our donor dollars to make an impact. For us, there are two giving categories that won’t budge anytime soon: the local church and the poor. We believe we have both a duty and a joyful opportunity to support our local church (Littleton Christian Church) as it proclaims the gospel to our community and nonprofits like HOPE International that are serving the poor and marginalized throughout the world. I believe these two categories should be universal priorities for Christians. But I think many Christians have often overlooked a third category for charitable giving: culture. Actually, I believe the culture category is necessary considering...

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in Faith and Work Movement, Theology, Work | 2 comments

Broader, Not Deeper

Broader, Not Deeper

  What will allow more pastors to see the importance of work for their church and its mission? How might the faith and work movement help pastors and seminaries to embrace ministry models that equips men and women to serve Christ in the wide array of professions in our culture today? And why is this so difficult? Last year, I interviewed Michael Lindsay, president of Gordon College, about his new book View from the Top. One of the lasting highlights from our conversation was about his research on the White House Fellows, a leadership development experience that had shaped a significant majority of the 500+ “platinum” leaders in his study. The vast majority of these leaders had experienced a “broadening education” during their time as White House Fellows. Fellows had candid, off-the-record conversations with everybody from zoologists to members of the President’s cabinet. Through this experience, they developed a taste for seeing issues in society broadly, not only from the perspective of their own field,  but from the perspective...

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Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in Science, Work | 8 comments

Seven Quotes from Psychiatrist Curt Thompson on Shame

Seven Quotes from Psychiatrist Curt Thompson on Shame

Yesterday we at Denver Institute for Faith & Work had the privilege of welcoming author and psychiatrist Curt Thompson to Denver. We began with a conversation with pastors on how shame influences our brains, our vocations, and pastoral ministry; we then heard Curt speak at Colorado Community Church to 150 attendees on how to heal shame through retelling a different story about ourselves; he ended his time giving a workshop on shame for therapists in the Denver area. His combination of neuroscience, psychiatry, interpersonal biology, Christian theology and spiritual formation practices was, well, I’ve never heard anything like it… The videos of his talks will be available on our vimeo channel in about a month. Until then, here are some of my favorite quotes from his time with us. Seven Quotes from Curt Thompson on Shame 1. “Shame is directly connected to your ability to do creative, liberating work.” 2. “Shame was operative in the garden of Eden even before Eve ate the fruit; the serpent introduced it before the Fall.” 3....

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