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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

As a state employee, I once saw a scene that made me cringe. A Christian co-worker had trapped another employee in the corner formed by the hallway wall and a Coke machine. And into that captive audience the believer was pounding home the gospel. In the years since, I've asked myself: “What forces drive some Christians to such insensitivity in witnessing?”

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Thursday, February 05, 2009
If you work for and among unbelievers, you've probably faced the dilemma. Perhaps many times. Your supervisor asks you to say or do something that—if you complied—would compromise your Christian convictions. read more...
Wednesday, May 06, 2009

The children's song, “This Little Light of Mine,” urges us to let it shine everywhere. But as a grownup in the workplace, I can easily think of my little light as even smaller. How can such a tiny flicker ever penetrate into the gigantic corporate bureaucracy all around me? Troy, a friend of mine, works for one of those giant corporations. He is one of around 35,000 employees in an international timber products firm. Yet he and a few fellow Christians have found a way to let Christ's light in them shine even there.

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Friday, May 15, 2009

We nod our agreement with Jesus' command to love our neighbors as ourselves. But the test comes as we live with those workplace neighbors day after day, week after week, year after year. Does their less-than-Christian behavior erode our respect for them?

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Sunday, July 12, 2009
By now Henry Blackaby's words in Experiencing God have become well known: “Find out where God is working and join him.” Doing so requires us to exercise faith on three fronts. read more...
Monday, November 16, 2009
Salt. It's within easy reach at most dinner tables. It's also found abundantly in just about every region of the world—whether in saltwater, soil, or rock. Jesus said his followers are the “salt of the earth.” What did he mean? read more...
Monday, January 11, 2010

In my Dec. 31 blog, I wrote that all Christians need to be “eyes and ears, priests and pray-ers, salt and light” on the job. Jeff Morgan responded by noting how this points up our need for awareness: “I see tasks not people,” he wrote. “But once given pause, I see the missed opportunity to connect. How do I orient myself daily to have such a seeking eye?”

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Eugene Peterson's book title assures us that Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places. Apparently those places include bakeries. A close friend of ours (she prefers to remain anonymous) told us how Christ met her and a co-worker in the bakery department of a grocery store. Here, in her own words, is her story.

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

The official-looking envelope from the Department of Licensing reminded me of something I no longer look forward to—my birthday. So, more than a month early, I drove to the licensing office. There, in addition to a new license, I'd get a fresh insight into serving Christ in the workplace.

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Friday, February 25, 2011
As my wife and I drove north on I-5 the other day, our windshield framed the Seattle skyscrapers. Borrowing a sentence from Jesus, I stated the obvious . . . read more...
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Witnessing on the job. The thought of doing so frightens many Christians in the work world. A blogger recently asked: "How do I take my public stand for Christ without coming across as some preachy weirdo?” read more...
Sunday, April 24, 2011

Nearly a month has passed since posting my last blog. The reason: preparing for and spending nearly two weeks in China. I went as one of a group of graduate students from various nations, visiting Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai. During that visit, and from reading books on China associated with that course, I learned some encouraging facts about workplace ministry there.


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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Several men had gathered for our once-a-week Bible study. As usual, the passage and the study guide questions sent our conversation in several directions. Somehow the subject of living out our faith in the workplace came up. read more...
Friday, May 20, 2011

The raid of Osama Bin Laden’s hideaway—and his death—grabbed and held lenses and microphones for days. To my surprise, the work of the U.S. Navy Seals suggested an analogy relating to the church and workplace ministry.

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Thursday, December 08, 2011

One question from the forum described in the previous blog asked: "What is appropriate in workplace witnessing?” There is, of course, no bumper-sticker answer to that. God has given us his Holy Spirit as teacher and guide to make us able to navigate all areas of our lives—including our witness at work.But two statements by Jesus—which at first seem to cancel each other out —may help us hear the Spirit of God more clearly as we seek to make our workplace witness "appropriate.”

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Thursday, January 05, 2012
Of all people, we Christians should prize old books. After all, the most recently written parts of our Bible are nearly 2,000 years old. I’ve just finished reading a book authored 40 years ago . . . read more...
Friday, June 15, 2012
How should churches and Christians respond in our era of high unemployment? Taking its title from Ps. 90:17, The Work of Our Hands answers that question with current examples of action. read more...
Wednesday, August 08, 2012

We’ve all heard the words, "separation of church and state.” Many seem to think the American founding fathers wrote the phrase into the Constitution. Thinking that way is not only wrong, it’s harmful. The separation of church and work is also wrong—and also harmful.

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Monday, September 09, 2013
Salt. Jesus used it as a metaphor to describe his followers: "You are the salt. . .” (Mt. 5:13). Just as salt preserves meat from spoiling, so the presence of "salty” Christ-followers holds back the corrupting effects of sin in the world. I agree with that interpretation. But here, I’d like to focus on how the workplace serves two requirements of salt— read more...
Thursday, July 31, 2014

To intersect, says Webster, is to "meet and cross at a point or to "share a common area.” Where is that point or common area where we as Christ-followers most often intersect our culture?


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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

A Christ-follower leaves the gathered-church mode (say on Sunday) and enters the scattered-church mode in the work world (on Monday). In that crossover, what happens to this believer’s perceived identity?

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Branch. At first glance, it may seem unlikely that anything in a vineyard could clarify your identity in an office or shop. But Jesus did say to his followers, "You are . . . branches.” Clearly, he thinks it’s important for us to see ourselves that way—not only in church meetings but also when we go to work.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Let’s say you’ve served as an accountant in the same office for five years. Imagine the comments (and those you’d never hear!) if you were to show up at work in a clerical collar. read more...
Thursday, September 04, 2014

Do you work where you do by happenstance? Googling on "I just happened to get a job” turned up dozens of hits. But for Christ-followers, a biblical identity word helps us see our positioning as far more than mere chance. . . .

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My birth certificate says I was born "Larry.” But when I was a preschooler, those who knew our family often called me "little George.” They did that because they thought I looked like "big” George, my Dad. Even today we can see the family resemblance in our children and grandchildren.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Next time you head off to work, think of yourself as a mobile home. Absurd? Well, maybe not. First, the drive, ride, or walk from home to your workplace leaves no doubt that you’re mobile, movable. Second, if you’re a Christian believer, your body is a home—a home for the Spirit of God.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

A few weeks ago, I installed two motion-activated LED lights—3200 lumens combined—on the front of our home. Why? Because the after-dark activity on our street has alarmed all the neighbors. Now the beams from those bulbs reveal the comings and goings of the "nightcrawlers.”

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Monday, December 08, 2014

Imagine a land where the greatest good is seen as making money. In this country, murders make the news all too often. Many citizens, fed up with their government, rebel against it and encourage others to do the same. Divisions pit one group against another. Widespread laziness leads to obesity from overeating.Now suppose you could write a letter to church leaders in such a culture. How would you advise them to instruct the believers there?

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

As a Christ-follower in a so-called "secular” job, your work neighborhood probably includes more than a few who do not share your faith. Down deep, what is your heart-attitude toward them? One non-believer, while a student in a Christian school, felt "judgment, exclusion, and [an] unwelcoming attitude.”

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Friday, April 17, 2015
Where do Christ-followers most regularly interact with non-Christians? Decades ago, much of that took place in our neighborhoods. Now? Not so much. read more...
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

You probably watched the recent events in Baltimore. Once again, our attention has been riveted on race-relations in the U.S. As TV cameras zoomed in on the tragic scenes there, I began reading Cynthia Estlund’s book, Working Together: How Workplace Bonds Strengthen a Diverse Democracy.In the book, she argues that "The single most promising arena of social integration—at least for adults—is the workplace.”

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Several weeks ago I met with a group of Christ-followers who all work for government. During our "Table Talk” sessions in our dining room, we discussed some of the unique problems of living out their faith while working for a public agency. On the last evening of our four-session series, they all agreed that the most vexing parts of their work was coping with people-problems.

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