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FAITH AND WORK: Connecting Sunday to Monday

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  • Choosing God over College Basketball. Sarah Eekhoff Zylstatra interviews Leah Church, who gave up her dream of playing college basketball at the University of North Carolina.
  • A Biblical Perspective on Retirement. Jeff Haanen writes “Rather than seeing retirement as a never-ending vacation, the Bible paints a picture of our later years as a laying down of past work-identities and entering a new season ofrest, renewal, and reengagement as elders filled with wisdom and blessing for the coming generation(s).”
  • Serving Others With Our Schedule. Micah Anglo shares some helpful practices and attitudes to adopt as Christians when we are planning out our schedules and the time that God has given us to steward.
  • On this episode of the Minute with Maxwell podcast, John Maxwell states that our best today sets us up for success tomorrow, and we should make every day our masterpiece.
  • Burnout: The First Stage of a Quarter-Life Crisis. Jacqueline Isaacs writes “A quarter-life crisis has three stages, I shared in my last article.” In this article she writes about the first stage: burnout.

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  • My Review of Discipled Leader: Inspiration from a Fortune 500 Executive for Transforming Your Workplace by Pursuing Christ by Preston Poore
  • Snippets from the book You’re Only Human: How Your Limits Reflect God’s Design and Why That’s Good News by Kelly Kapic

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FAITH AND WORK: Connecting Sunday to Monday

Faith and Work News ~ Links to Interesting Articles

  • Scottie Scheffler wins Masters, says “reason I play golf is I’m trying to glorify God”. Fifty-six days ago, Scottie Scheffler was a 25-year-old beginning his third full season on the PGA Tour, ranked 15th in the world but still seeking his first victory on the game’s top circuit. As of March 27, after winning three of five events, Scheffler shot up to No. 1 in the world. As of the evening of Sunday, April 10, Scheffler is now a Masters champion as well.
  • Dealing with Disappointment at Work. John Kyle offers five specific suggestions that might help if you or a friend are dealing with disappointment at work.
  • We’re Not Having a Work Crisis; We’re Facing an Identity Crisis. Denise Lee Yohn writes “For many of us, recent times have revealed the shortcomings of our current work.  But that doesn’t mean we should take our job and shove it.  Work remains a path toward fulfillment, but we’re better off pursuing it as a path toward formation.  Work can be a way that God forms us into the people He intends for us to be – we just need to let Him.”

  • Should an Employee Ask for Health Insurance? Charlie Self responds to the question “I work for a Christian nonprofit that doesn’t provide health insurance for its employees. On the one hand, I know health insurance is very expensive, and I don’t want to seem greedy or faithless by asking to be insured. On the other hand, I don’t want to be fiscally irresponsible. I know that it just takes one accident or major surgery to bury a family in debt for decades. Should I ask for insurance? If so, what would be a gracious way to ask?
  • How Can I Think About the Billy Graham Rule? Courtney Powell responds to the question “My job involves occasional one-on-one meetings with people of the opposite sex. Should I use the “Billy Graham Rule”? Are there other ways to protect others and myself, particularly in ways that are cognizant of my sin nature and don’t treat others as the problem?
  • Is Business Always Kingdom Business? Andy Jones writes “The challenge of integrating faith and work is especially challenging for business owners.”

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  • My Review of Mission Possible: Go Create a Life That Counts by Tim Tebow with A.J. Gregory
  • Snippets from the book Discipled Leader: Inspiration from a Fortune 500 Executive for Transforming Your Workplace by Pursuing Christ by Preston Poore

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FAITH AND WORK: Connecting Sunday to Monday

Faith and Work News ~ Links to Interesting Articles

  • Do We Need to Confess All Workplace Mistakes? Charlie Self responds to the question “If something goes wrong in the workplace, and no one is asked to own the problem, should I speak up and claim fault or should I just fix the problem and move on? What if someone else made the mistake—am I obligated to “rat them out”?”
  • How Should a Christian Handle Being Sued? Charlie Self responds to the question I own a small business, and a former customer has brought a legal claim against it. The complaint is completely false, but proving this in court would be costly to the point that my business might not even survive. My lawyer says I must settle with the complainant, though to do so is basically an admission of guilt. Should I fight for justice or protect my business by settling?”
  • How Does Adam’s Sin Impact Work? Russ Gehrlein writes “On my drive in to work several months ago, I had the chance to reflect on the effects of Adam’s sin. It took me by surprise when I realized some of the implications of this doctrine on my everyday work.”

  • Called to Lead. My book Called to Lead: Living and Leading for Jesus in the Workplace is available in both a paperback and Kindle edition. Read a free sample (Introduction through Chapter 2).
  • Developing Leaders with Carol Tomé. On this episode of the Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast, Carol Tomé, CEO of UPS, and Stanley discuss why a leader’s priority should be to invest in their team and the impact doing so can have.
  • Leaders are Made. Howard Graham writes “We find a great example in the Gospel of Mark of how Jesus, the perfect leader, uses his followers’ mistakes to teach them to be better leaders.”

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  • My Review of Good Work: How Blue Collar Business Can Change Lives, Communities, and the World by David Hataj
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FAITH AND WORK: Connecting Sunday to Monday

Faith and Work News ~ Links to Interesting Articles

  • What Should I Do When My Colleague Overpromises? Charlie Self responds to the question “Sometimes I hear my boss promise things I know we can’t deliver. I know he’s just trying to reassure the client and land the sale, but it makes me deeply uncomfortable. I want to correct him, but I also want to respect him—especially in front of our clients. Is there a way to correct someone so gently it won’t be embarrassing?”
  • Let’s Talk: What’s the Point of Work? On this episode of the Let’s Talk podcast, Jackie Hill Perry, Jasmine Holmes and Melissa Kruger talk about how to think rightly about work. “There are real thorns and thistles with all of our work, even if it’s not physical ones,” Melissa says. Whether it’s just we’re tired or we’re overworked. There are all these things that, I think, in perfection wouldn’t have been true.” Yet in spite of these thorns and thistles, we can still experience God-given purpose in work as we steward the opportunities God has given us.
  • Why Working Women are Starting to Unplug from Their Churches. Sandra Crawford Williamson shares four reasons why working women choose to stay home from church.
  • How to Reconcile Cultural Differences in the Workplace with David Bailey. On this episode of the Denver Institute Faith & Work Podcast, Joanna Meyer visits with David Bailey, Founder and CEO of Arrabon, a nonprofit that helps leaders and organizations with guidance, education, and tools to build more empathetic, reconciled communities.

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  • My Review of The Flourishing Pastor: Recovering the Lost Art of Shepherd Leadership by Tom Nelson
  • Snippets from the book Discipled Leader: Inspiration from a Fortune 500 Executive for Transforming Your Workplace by Pursuing Christ by Preston Poore

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FAITH AND WORK: Connecting Sunday to Monday

Faith and Work News ~ Links to Interesting Articles

  • When Leaders Disappoint You. Courtney Reissig writes “The world has its share of bad shepherds. But Jesus reminds us that he’s not one of them.”
  • A Short Prayer for Before Starting Work. Kevin Halloran gives us this short morning prayer to pray before starting work to better honor God in your productivity, grow in your love for Him and your co-workers, to be a blessing at your workplace, for divine guidance and favor.
  • 6 Lessons for Tending Your Time. Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra writes “With both our gardens and our days, we should aim for nourishing and flourishing, for cultivating healthy productivity. What can us schedulers learn from farmers and gardeners?”
  • When Should I Give Raises to My Employees? Courtney Powell responds to the question “I’ve recently been promoted inside my mid-sized organization, which means I now have a say in how much we pay our employees. How can I think biblically about wages and raises?”
  • Purpose. On this episode of “Minute with Maxwell”, John Maxwell tells us to discover our purpose, find what we are passionate about and what we are good at.
  • Living At Your Best with Carey Nieuwhof. On this episode of the Faith Driven Entrepreneur podcast, Carey Nieuwhof talks about themes from his new book At Your Best.

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  • My Review of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World by John Mark Comer
  • Snippets from the book Discipled Leader: Inspiration from a Fortune 500 Executive for Transforming Your Workplace by Pursuing Christ by Preston Poore

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FAITH AND WORK: Connecting Sunday to Monday

Faith and Work News ~ Links to Interesting Articles

  • On Following Mediocre Leaders. Tim Challies writes “The question each of us has to consider is this: How do we follow mediocre leaders? After all, we will spend much of our lives doing exactly that.”
  • Scott Sauls, Author and Pastor: The Vulnerable Leader. On this episode of the Working with Dan Doriani podcast, Dan visits with pastor and author Scott Sauls to talk about the role of leaders in these unprecedented times. Sauls encourages us to fix our eyes, not on our enemies or the controversy of our day, but on Jesus. Reflecting on excerpts from Scott’s book A Gentle Answer, he and Dan discuss media, outrage, politics, criticism, and the importance of vulnerable leadership.
  • Corporate Purpose with Carol Tomé. On this episode of the Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast, Stanley and Carol Tomé, CEO of UPS discuss how successful leaders align behaviors and values with their company’s purpose.
  • Called to Lead. My book Called to Lead: Living and Leading for Jesus in the Workplace is available in both a paperback and Kindle edition. Read a free sample (Introduction through Chapter 2).

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  • My Review of Make Work Matter: Your Guide to Meaningful Work in a Changing World by Michaela O’Donnell
  • Snippets from the book Discipled Leader: Inspiration from a Fortune 500 Executive for Transforming Your Workplace by Pursuing Christ by Preston Poore

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FAITH AND WORK: Connecting Sunday to Monday

Faith and Work News ~ Links to Interesting Articles

  • How Should a Christian Ask for a Raise? Courtney Powell responds to the question “When is it ok to ask for a raise? Is there a biblical way to think through asking for a raise?”
  • Faith & Work: How Do I Glorify God Even When My Work Seems Meaningless? On this episode of The Gospel Coalition Q&A, the final installment of a six-week series on faith and work, Greg Phelan answers the question, “How do I glorify God even when my work seems meaningless?”
  • How Do I Confront a Colleague? Russ Gehrlein addresses the question “I discovered one of my colleagues doing something we consider a fireable offense. I’m not sure if she meant to do it, and it wasn’t something that would jeopardize our business or clients, but it was unethical. I’m concerned that if I don’t report her now, in the future the offense might be more serious. On the other hand, if it was an honest mistake, shouldn’t I offer grace? After all, I make mistakes too.”
  • Faith & Work: How Can We Include the Poor in the Conversation? On this episode of The Gospel Coalition Q&A podcast, the fourth in a six-week series on faith and work, Robby Holt and Brian Fikkert answer the question: “How can we include the poor in the conversation?”

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FAITH AND WORK: Connecting Sunday to Monday

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  • How Does the Bible Define a Hero? Because We Need True Heroes More Than Ever. Anne Bradley writes “It is through our work that we can make the greatest contributions to God’s kingdom. It is through the work of our hands that we offer our strengths where others are weak.”
  • Three Things to Consider Before Joining the Great Resignation. John Pletcher writes “perhaps you’re still contemplating a transition. Or perhaps your new transition isn’t as positive of a change as you had hoped. Here are three things to remember, whether you’ve already transitioned or you’re still considering a change.”
  • When Work Stinks. Greg Forster writes “We walk—we work—by faith, not by sight. We trust that God is at work in our work, even if we don’t necessarily see or understand what he’s doing.”
  • What Does Loving God Have to Do With Your Job? Steven Lindsey writes “I’m going to quickly cite 4 reasons why this comprehensive command to live in wholehearted devotion to God and love for your neighbor on a consistent daily basis throughout your life is not only possible but is, in fact, achieved mostly through your work.
  • Farming Flowers to the Glory of God. Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra interviews Jonathan Herb, asking what he’s learned from his employees, how the farm ministry fared during 2020, and if we should all move to the country to grow corn and chickens.

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  • My Review of It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership. Written and read by Colin Powell
  • Snippets from the book Discipled Leader: Inspiration from a Fortune 500 Executive for Transforming Your Workplace by Pursuing Christ by Preston Poore

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FAITH AND WORK: Connecting Sunday to Monday

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  • My Review of Work and Worship: Reconnecting Our Labor and Liturgy by Matthew Kaemingk and Cory B. Willson
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FAITH AND WORK: Connecting Sunday to Monday

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