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FAITH AND WORK: Connecting Sunday to Monday

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  • 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
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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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  • My Review of The Self-Aware Leader: Play to Your Strengths and Unleash Your Team by John Maxwell
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FAITH AND WORK: Connecting Sunday to Monday

Faith and Work News ~ Links to Interesting Articles

  • 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
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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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FAITH AND WORK: Connecting Sunday to Monday

Faith and Work News ~ Links to Interesting Articles

  • Confused at Work? You’re Not Alone. Missy Wallace writes “Pastors and their congregants share something surprising in common that is now obvious for the first time in generations: they are all confused about work.”
  • What Does Ecclesiastes Teach Us About Work? Russ Gehrlein shares helpful quotes from Ecclesiastes that he included in his excellent book Immanuel Labor – God’s Presence in our Profession: A Biblical, Theological, and Practical Approach.
  • Why Work? Hugh Whelchel writes “The purpose of our work is to reweave shalom. God created a world made for shalom and then filled it with his image-bearers and told them to go and make more shalom because the more God’s creation works like it was supposed to, the more he is glorified. We taste God’s shalom in this world as we bring flourishing to those, he has called us to serve in our families, our churches, our communities, and in our vocational callings.”

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  • My Review of 150 Essential Insights on Leadership by John Maxwell
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FAITH AND WORK: Connecting Sunday to Monday

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  • Should I Look for a Better Job? Greg Phelan responds to the question “How do you know when to take another job? I’ve been at my current workplace for two years. Everything is fine here, but I think I could push myself harder and learn more at another employer. Is it time to move on?
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go? Chip Roper writes “There’s always angst about career choice floating in the ether. Over half of us workers would change jobs if we could and 50% of Millennials think they chose the wrong career. So how do you know if it is time to go? Short answer: 1) Understand your moment and 2) Respond accordingly.”
  • Submitting to God’s Will – Even When Your Career Falls Apart. Stevan Becker writes “When difficulty, misunderstanding, resistance, and animosities come my way, it helps me to be reminded not to seek my own justice.”
  • Seeing Others with Divine Wonder. John Pletcher writes “How do you see people with whom you work—your clients, coworkers, and employees, especially those who are suffering or just different in light of their disabilities and special needs?”

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  • My Review of Lead like Christ: Reflecting the Qualities and Character of Christ in Your Ministry by A.W. Tozer
  • Snippets from the book Work and Worship: Reconnecting Our Labor and Liturgy by Matthew Kaemingk and Cory B. Willson

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