When You Work for the Church: the good, the bad, and the ugly, and how we can all do better

I never thought I would start a second blog. Just this one blog, posting once a week, keeps me busy enough--sometimes busier than I mean to be. And my current tagline--"Writing and Other Acts of Faith"--covers everything, doesn't it? On this blog I've written book reviews and retreat notes, pondered social media and spiritual practice, … Continue reading When You Work for the Church: the good, the bad, and the ugly, and how we can all do better

Crafting a Handmade Faith in a Mass-Market World

I’m losing my taste for the prepackaged, the mass-produced, and the canned. It’s no longer enough to add water, microwave, stir, and eat. I want to know where things come from. I want to know how they affect me. I want to know how they were supposed to taste before the factories took over. I … Continue reading Crafting a Handmade Faith in a Mass-Market World

my creative contemplative journal

How to Collaborate for Fun and Effectiveness

I had great fun sharing some of the cover options for my creative contemplative journal. The sample covers were so beautiful that one reader asked if we could use them all, and let everyone choose their own custom cover. Now that's an idea, and maybe even possible if we ever do a digital version. But given the … Continue reading How to Collaborate for Fun and Effectiveness

How to Grow Your God-Given Dream: Listening for God

Do you have a dream to start something new? It might be a big idea like a new ministry or a new non-profit, or something more personal like going back to school or changing your field of work. As I begin a new writing project, I always think of it as Starting Something New. That's … Continue reading How to Grow Your God-Given Dream: Listening for God

Why Work?

Why Work?

In the last few years, my sermons have focused less on the lectionary and more on Scripture series, like preaching through the gospel of John over the last year, and our current series on the Ten Commandments. I love that kind of sustained attention to a single book or portion of Scripture, and the way … Continue reading Why Work?

How to have a great staycation that will refresh and energize you

When I was a child, summer vacation meant badminton and make-believe in the backyard, walking to the library and coming home with my arms full of books, eating home-made "popsicles" that my mom made by freezing orange juice in ice-cube trays. We'd sometimes drive to see our cousins in Seattle or Astoria, and one time … Continue reading How to have a great staycation that will refresh and energize you

God Wants to Do Your Work for You. So What Do You Need to Do? Rest.

Please welcome Lisa Ackland Carriere, who is a new friend, ministry-focused writer, and college English educator. Lisa is currently working on a book about women in ministry entitled Divine Call: How Women Leaders Overcome Ministry Challenges. I appreciate what she has to say about work, rest, and prayer, and hope that you will too! It’s … Continue reading God Wants to Do Your Work for You. So What Do You Need to Do? Rest.

Life Between the Pauses/Toward a Theology of Work

This week marks the two-year anniversary of Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal. In a world that sometimes seems too busy, the book encourages us to pause, to take a step back and reconnect more deeply with ourselves and with God. I wrote the book out of my own longing for sacred pauses, and I'm grateful … Continue reading Life Between the Pauses/Toward a Theology of Work