Peace is an odd thing to consider during Advent. From rampant materialism, to underemployment, to the sickly emptiness we fear that we’ll feel back at work on December 26, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of peace to spare. We are in desperate need of a new understanding of peace.
In Monday morning meetings and late Friday nights, we are participating in the redemption of all things, cultivating creation and collaborating with the Creator. Your job is not ordinary because your Creator is extraordinary.
As part of the Center for Faith & Work Los Angeles' dedication to transforming our relationship to work, fostering human flourishing, and renewing Los Angeles, we're inviting co-laborers to join us as an official City Partner.
Recently the research firm Barna Group released a massive study on the current state of faith and work integration for Christians. Below we have distilled a few major takeaways from the study as you contextualize this data and apply it in your churches, workplaces, and public squares.
God loves people and humanity’s migration toward densely populated urban areas has been accelerating dramatically the past 20 years. So what can we do to best love God and our neighbor through our cities? Pastors Stephen Um and Justin Buzzard offer some very helpful guidance.
I recently came across a wonderful book by Stephen Um and Justin Buzzard called Why Cities Matter: To God, the Culture, and the Church, which builds off Tim Keller’s Center Church and is helping me see God’s heart and plan for the city.
Andy Bales is on a mission. After serving for years in vocational ministry as a pastor, Bales is now on the front lines of the homelessness epidemic in Los Angeles. “We speak up for people experiencing homelessness,” says Bales.
If this is truly “all there is” on any given day to our work, or our lives for that matter, we are indeed in trouble and Ecclesiastes provides as honest and true a description of this truth as can be found. And yet sometimes, when I got to the end of a long day, all that was left was a deep sigh. “Why does this job feel so empty?”
Last week "The Cosby Show" star Geoffrey Owens made headlines after responding resiliently to critics after photos surfaced of Owens working at Trader Joe's. “There is no job that is better than another job," Owens said.
As we reflect on all the goodness brought by the innovative and industrious production of American labor, there is cause enough for a day of celebration. But why exactly do we celebrate our work? And, maybe more importantly, why should we celebrate our work?
I’d like to explore how people seek satisfaction in their Jobs. There are apparently only 19 percent of the adult workforce that claim that they are extremely satisfied by their work (Barna Group research in 2014). With so many options available, why is it that deep satisfaction is still so illusory?
On any given day I might finish a few of these or spend several hours doing tedious editing on a section of curriculum for one of our programs. A book I read over the holiday had a chapter that caught my eye and was a welcome return to the goodness of even our daily tasks of minutiae.