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“I am not alone as I work in the world.”

Posted by on Mar 6, 2020 in business, Work | 0 comments

This is what one brave woman wrote in a post-event survey after Business for the Common Good, our annual business conference. I decided to post it here simply so I wouldn’t forget her insight and courage. “This was the perfect mix of addressing all different levels of how to follow Jesus by honoring him in our work. I loved that there was an emphasis on building a foundation of valuing our own mental health and bringing our shame to Christ. If we don’t allow God to reconcile ourselves – inside of us – it will be hard to bring kindness, patience, and lasting change to our neighbors, coworkers, and...

Craftsman with Character

Posted by on Jan 8, 2020 in Craftsmanship & Manual Labor | 0 comments

Know somebody who works with their hands? Know somebody in the trades that you really admire? I came across this wonderful course created by Dave Hataj at Edgerton Gears, a company that makes gears. The course for high school students is called Craftsman with Character. I hope you’ll go and check it out…and maybe print off this poster for the aspiring craftsmen you...

6 Questions to Ask About Working After Retirement

Posted by on Dec 31, 2019 in retirement, Work | 0 comments

“Planning is an unnatural process; it’s much more fun to do something,” wrote twentieth century businessman Sir John Harvey-Jones. “And the nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression.” Unfortunately, far too many people are completely surprised – and underwhelmed – by retirement because they didn’t accept 91-year-old Ellen Snyder’s advice: “Be sure before you decide to retire you know what you might do in the future so you’re not just sitting there thinking, ‘What do I want to do?’” Here are six questions to ask – and choices to make – as...

Faith & Co | Connecting Business and Beliefs (Jeff Haanen)

Posted by on Dec 26, 2019 in business, Work | 0 comments

Recently I was honored to be a part of a wonderful series of videos spearheaded by Denise Daniels at Seattle Pacific University on faith and business. Here’s one video (of several) in which I give my off-the-cuff thoughts on the big questions we need to be asking ourselves about business today, and why our biggest story about what it means to be human affects everything about...

“A Fully Activated Workplace” (Global Workplace Forum, Lausanne Movement)

Posted by on Dec 11, 2019 in vocation, Work, World | 0 comments

This last summer I was deeply honored to serve on a panel in Manila on “A Fully Activated Workplace.” I shared the stage with a clinical psychologist in Nairobi working with refugees, an electrical engineer in Canada, a manager at Apple, and a man doing church planting with nomadic tribes in central Asia. I shared about my research on the American working class. Incredible what God’s doing around the world…Bravo Lausanne Movement. And bravo to all of you for stepping into God’s call in your life wherever you may be walking on the planet earth...

A New View of Retirement (Thrivent Magazine)

Posted by on Dec 10, 2019 in retirement, Work | 0 comments

How two couples reflect a growing movement to see retirement not as an end but as a transition. We’re planning to retire by age 50,”says Rebecca Jackson, 40, from Fort Collins, Colorado. “But it’s not that we wouldn’t work; we just might not do the same thing.” Rebecca and her husband, Greg Feldpausch, 39, are both doctors. She’s a geriatric physician, and he works in adult medicine at Northern Colorado Hospitalists after spending the first season of his career in the Air Force. As they juggle work and raising their two boys, Clayton, 4, and Jackson, 7, they’re also looking to the future. The end goal for them is...