My head was spinning. There I was, again, driving down the highway after a long day’s work. It was after nine o’clock at night, and I couldn’t shake the feeling of hopelessness. No matter how hard I tried, it seemed that I wasn’t spending enough time at work – or at home – to be successful. Of course, it wasn’t just work and home. I had... [Read more...]Three (or Four) Must-Read Books
OK, I admit it. There are a few ulterior motives behind writing my first book, Faith at Work: Finding Purpose Beyond the Paycheck. One is the preposterous notion that someone, someday, might ask me to go on their Catholic cruise and speak. Yeah, it hasn’t happened yet. I also thought it might be a good way to get out of a couple chores at home,... [Read more...]How Are Things At Work?
“How are things at work?” I’ve asked this question of friends countless times, usually with a sympathetic grin. It’s a question that acknowledges the fact that work is fraught with difficulties. Perhaps an ongoing disagreement with the boss or a coworker. Insufficient hours in the workday. Fear of being downsized. The tough part about... [Read more...]My Uncle Wins an Academy Award – and Dies
My uncle, John D. Lowry, was scheduled to receive an Academy Award for his work in digital film restoration on February 11, 2012. He died on January 21, 2012. As a kid, I was always impressed with my uncle, aunt, and cousins David and Julia. They were all extremely gracious – and bright. The entire family had an entrepreneurial streak. Back in the... [Read more...]Are You a Team Player?
Have you ever wondered what would happen if we truly applied our faith to every aspect of our lives? Take work, for example. Most of us do something every day that could be characterized as work, regardless of whether we collect a paycheck for our efforts or not. Full time Moms, for example, work as hard as any of us – and certainly deserve our... [Read more...]The Gratitude List – 2011 (Including Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n Roll!)
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...]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...]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...]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...]