ministry, personal, spiritual, stories, work & vocation

Why Seminary?

"A woman asked me at lunch today -- not in a confrontational way, but just in the I'm-confused way in which it often comes -- 'And why are you going to seminary?'" - Dr. Greg Garrett, Crossing Myself: A Story of Spiritual Rebirth If I had a dollar for every time I've been asked that (and… Continue reading Why Seminary?

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spiritual, stories, work & vocation

5 Life Lessons from the Retail Industry

Over time, there have been seasons in life when I've worked retail jobs as my main or sole source of income. Recently, to my surprise, I've been truly grateful for my latest stint on staff at a store. Retail can be rough for many employees, but I've been blessed with fun co-workers, patient customers, decent… Continue reading 5 Life Lessons from the Retail Industry

mental health & wellness, personal, spiritual, work & vocation

Hi, My Name Is Joe

As a kid, I learned this song about a stressed-out guy named Joe. It went something like this: Hi, my name is Joe I got a wife and three kids and I work in a button factory One day my boss came to me and said, "Joe, are you busy?" I said, "no." He said,… Continue reading Hi, My Name Is Joe

book reflections, mental health & wellness, spiritual, work & vocation

Climbing the Ladder

In some recent posts, both This Is Not a Travel Blog and Roots and Shoots, I've mentioned Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's book The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture. Truly, it's one of the most necessary, even prophetic books I've come across -- prophetic because stability is not something twenty-first century Westerners practice and necessary because stability is something twenty-first century Westerners… Continue reading Climbing the Ladder

church, ministry, spiritual, work & vocation

The Divinity in the Details (a.k.a. What I’ve Learned From Working At a Church)

I've been working/interning at a large Episcopal church for about a year now, and wrapping up my time there begs the question: What have I learned from working at a church? One lesson (among many): The devil doesn't have to be in the details. Let me explain. Growing up, I was a particularly idealistic youth.… Continue reading The Divinity in the Details (a.k.a. What I’ve Learned From Working At a Church)