Faith and Work News ~ Links to Interesting Articles
CHRISTIANS SHAPING CULTURE:
- The Architect Serving Refugees with His Work. Bethany Jenkins interviews Rodman Ricketts, an architect with GFF Architects in Dallas, Texas, about how he integrates his faith and work.
- How to Engineer Common Grace. Timoteo Sazo interviews Josué Rodríguez, a civil engineer about how he integrates his faith and work.
- Coaching to Make Great Men, Not Just Great Players. Jason Cook interviews Todd Abernethy, an assistant basketball coach for the University of Mississippi, about how he integrates his faith and work.
- James Brown: The Word of God Undergirds Everything I Do. CBS Sportscaster James Brown is fond of saying, “That which I do in my profession is my avocation, but the Lord’s work is my vocation.” In this Christianity Today interview, Pastor Maina Mwaura sits down with Brown to learn about his introduction to ministry, how he balances his dual roles, and the challenges of displaying a vibrant faith in a secular work environment.
- Creating World-Class Service. On this month’s leadership podcast, Andy Stanley concludes his conversation with Horst Schulze, Chairman and CEO of Capella Hotel Group, on what it means to create world-class service.
- The Honorable Edmund Moy, 38th Director of the U.S. Mint: Interview and Video. Ed Moy served as Director of the US Mint (2006-2011). He is an advisor to presidents, a television commentator, an author, a business executive, a corporate director, as well as a pastor and follower of Jesus. Through his story, Ed shares how service to the Lord is more than a Sunday event but an everyday working reality.
- God’s Work Unfolds at a Charleston, South Carolina Laundromat. I enjoyed this story by Stephanie Hunt, about Laundry Matters, located in Charleston, South Carolina, one of my favorite cities.
- Film: To Whom Is Given: Business for the Common Good. Kristin Brown writes “Thanks to the work of the Values & Capitalism initiative of the American Enterprise Institute, three new stories have been told about Christian business owners in a documentary called, “To Whom Is Given: Business for the Common Good.” Through the power of story, the film illustrates how we can love our neighbor and help bring about flourishing through the everyday work of our hands, especially through business.’”
- Let These Stories of Christians Shaping Culture Inspire Your Work Today. Hugh Whelchel writes “If we are serious about the truth of Christianity, we need to engage in cultural renewal, working to serve the common good toward the furtherance of the kingdom and the glory of God.”
- Why Work Matters. Watch this message from Trip Lee as he discusses why every job and task is important in God’s Kingdom.
- To Be a Diaper Changer. Nick Batzig writes “To be a diaper changer to the glory of God is a glorious thing. Jesus said, “He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much” (Luke 16:10).”
- Women, We’re Co-Workers, Not Competitors. Bethany Jenkins writes “When we see that Jesus is our identity, we have new eyes to appreciate others’ contributions rather than fearfully guarding our own choices. When our goal is to advance his kingdom, not our own, we can rejoice in all sorts of work being done since we’re on a shared mission. Women making different choices are co-laborers, not competitors. It’s a team effort, so it’s a team sense of joy.”
- Career. Calling. What’s the Difference? Hugh Whelchel writes “Rather than equate vocational calling with a specific occupation or career, we are called to be Christians in whatever situation we find ourselves. Vocational calling stays the same as we move in and out of different jobs and careers. It is directly related to the discovery of our God-given talents. We develop and hone these talents into useful competencies for the glory of God and the benefit of others, often in various jobs or occupations.
- On Christian Retirement. Hugh Whelchel writes “A Christian never retires from serving God through his or her vocational call. While we may have moved into a new season in our lives, God still calls us to grow and invest our gifts and talents in the work that he is doing in the world.”
- Essential Keys to Finishing Your Race Well. Dave Kraft shares these essential keys for the Christian leader to finish well. He writes that he regularly teaches these, and by His grace, seeks to practice them in his own life and work.
- In this “Minute with Maxwell”, John Maxwell encourages us to be an everyday learner. We should keep learning and keep earning so that we can be returning.
- It’s Not Only Athletes: What Platform Has God Given You? Randy Alcorn writes “But regardless of what vocation or position or role in a family God gives us, when God gives His people a platform to stand on, and a voice that can be heard, He expects them to represent Him faithfully. When they achieve something, whether as a farmer, factory worker, teacher, nurse, clerk, or salesperson, He calls upon them to give Him glory.”
- Ken Costa on How to Discover Your Calling, Hope in the Workplace, and Connecting with Millennials. Carey Nieuwhof talks to Ken about integrating faith at work, finding your calling, Alpha and what millennials are looking for.