As a grateful convert, I’d like to offer a short and completely non-exhaustive list of things and people on my gratitude list for the past year, in no particular order: 1. The marital act. That’s right kids, sex between your parents and blessed by God is the way you came into being. It’s a beautiful thing – and cheap imitations... [Read more...]What To Do When There’s Nothing Left To Do
In so many aspects of our daily lives, our roles entail doing things. For example, as a guy, I’m hardwired to work in order to provide for my family. I have goals to achieve, emails to answer, action items to accomplish, clients to serve. I prioritize, plan, work, and pray like crazy. Every day. If there’s a need, or a problem, I’m on it. I’ll... [Read more...]Who Needs Faith at Work?
Some people don’t think faith belongs in the workplace. Yet now more than ever, people of faith recognize the need to be faithful all the time, rather than “checking faith at the door.” This approach means effectively integrating faith, work, family, and other important aspects of life. Even when their most deeply held beliefs may... [Read more...]Faith at Work Has Arrived!
What a surprise! Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck has arrived! Yes, way ahead of schedule. I’m shocked, thrilled – and completely unprepared. The purpose of this book is to help Christians become better workers, and workers become better Christians. Our everyday work is one of the greatest opportunities we have for growing... [Read more...]Remembering Cardinal Foley
Friday, May 7, 2010 was a singularly memorable day in Lowry family history. It was the day we met a Cardinal. Cardinal John Foley was in town for the commencement ceremony at Franciscan University of Steubenville, my alma mater. My experience there is one of the reasons I’m Catholic today. Cardinal Foley is another reason. Twenty years previously,... [Read more...]Marketing, Mentors, and Great Catholic Books
See this guy to the left? Yep, his name is Brandon Vogt. Catholic convert, author, blogger extraordinaire, and flat-out talented dude. Young (25 years old), smart and articulate. His first book, The Church and New Media: Blogging Converts, Online Activists, and Bishops Who Tweet is awesome, and well worth reading. In fact, I have an extra copy of his... [Read more...]The Catholic Briefcase
It’s the little things in life that sometimes make a huge difference. Case in point: my introduction to Randy Hain. It all began with a passing comment in a conversation with Tom Peterson, Founder and President of CatholicsComeHome.org. Tom was visiting The Coming Home Network’s world headquarters (well, really our small office in rural Ohio) to... [Read more...]Why Work Matters – and the Liberation of Conversion
I recently watched An Interview on Why “Work Matters” by Justin Taylor from The Gospel Coalition (a fellowship of evangelical churches). In the interview, Justin discusses the book Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship with Monday Work with its author, evangelical pastor Tom Nelson. What a great interview. Of course, I’ve never met either... [Read more...]The God Who is Love
If I had to describe Shane Kapler‘s book, The God Who is Love: Explaining Christianity From Its Center, in one word, it would be “insightful.” Of course, this is no surprise, given how I was introduced to Shane in the first place. Have you ever noticed how cool people (or smart people, as the case may be) tend to hang out together?... [Read more...]Faith at Work is Beautiful!
I am so grateful to the tremendous team at Our Sunday Visitor! The cover art just arrived for my first book, Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck. It’s beautiful! No one at OSV could have known, but the colors were perfect – my favorite color is blue. Just ask one of my kids. What’s Dad’s favorite color? You’ll... [Read more...]