Can a leader be spiritual?

This week I'm in Chicago meeting with other middle and senior leaders in Graduate & Faculty Ministries. We're focusing on creating a culture of leadership development within our corner of the InterVarsity movement. It's not that we don't think that leadership development isn't happening, it's just that we see that in order to make the …

Space for creativity

I recently discovered The Accidental Creative, a blog for people who work in creative fields. I'm convinced that the work of a pastor is creative -- there's more connection between pastoring and art than there is between pastoring and business. One of the snares of good pastoral work, a snare that has it's grip on …

How to respond to a crisis…or just regular overwhelmed-ness

We all feel overwhelmed from time to time. Sometimes being overwhelmed is situational -- caused by a specific event or crisis that causes the rest of our work and life to pushed out of kilter. Sometimes that overwhelmed feeling is a symptom of an on-going imbalance between what we're trying to accomplish, those things we …

Why do you work?

In her essay entitled, "Why Work?" Dorothy L. Sayers writes a scathing critique of the West (specifically, England). Her words were written during the Second World War when all of England was experiencing what might be called drastic shortages of certain food stuffs. Sayers points out that all industrial capitalist economies are based on consumption. …

The power of rest?

Rest is undervalued in our society. We reward and sanction overwork and personal neglect. In fact, some would say that our modern way of life is at odds with the design of our bodies and brains. Writing in The Twenty-Four-Hour Society, physiologist Martin Moore-Ede makes an alarming claim: At the heart of the problem is a …

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