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Review of The Logic of Gift by Michael Naughton

In 1981, Karol Wojtyla (aka Pope John Paul II) published an encyclical on work, entitled Laborem exercens, in which he called for the Roman Catholic Church to form a “spirituality of work.” It’s in response to this call that Michael Naughton has written The Logic of Gift: Rethinking Business as a Community of Persons. Picking up on a major theme of the late Pope, Naughton argues that a business ought to see itself as a community of persons, not a society of individuals. For it is only as… Continue reading

It’s Easier to Take a Beating If I Beat Myself Up First

It’s easier to take a beating if I beat myself up first. At least that seems to be a part of my subconscious narrative. Today, in the midst of preparing to launch our first small group, I got caught in traffic and forgot the baby bottles, making me 10 minutes late to the small group – the small group I’m helping to lead. And what’s worse: I had the food! It was an epic fail. Actually, it wasn’t that bad. But you would have thought… Continue reading

Living and Working Within Our Means

I’ve got great parents – I mean it. They taught me a lot. But one thing they didn’t teach me was how to live within my means. Growing up, debt was a regular part of our lives. This wasn’t the normal sort of debt – debt to get by. This was luxury debt. I was never short on food, clothes, or toys. Sometimes we didn’t have power, car insurance, or something else, but it never lasted long. We always had cable, a computer, and cars…. Continue reading

Calling Comes Before Branding

The first time I designed a website (back in ’99), I had no clue about branding. Sadly, it took me a long time to learn how important it is to visually tell a story. When I was working at the Children’s Hunger Fund, my buddy Jesse Rodriguez led us through a solid re-branding process. I learned a lot. It also helped that I was in the middle of launching my new software business. I found myself thinking a lot about what our organizations were doing… Continue reading

Critique with Compassion

Some people are so critical. You know those people. Whenever you see their name pop up on your phone, or see their email in your inbox, your heart starts beating a little faster. You get a little angry. You shrink away. Maybe it just comes with pastoring, but I’ve never been so criticized in my life – or at least I’ve never felt so criticized. One of the challenges with the position is interpreting the many underhanded comments, glances, and questions you get. It can be… Continue reading

Two Weeks Isn’t Enough

Today’s my last day of vacation, and although I’ve had a solid 2 weeks off, I still don’t feel recharged. At least not as much as I hoped. I had hoped that coming back to work would feel exciting. It doesn’t. And not because of the team, or the people I serve. But because of the reality that as much time “away” as I had – I didn’t have much “soul time.” (I don’t know what that means – I just made it up. But… Continue reading

Letting Go of Outcomes

Jesus impresses me in a lot of ways, but perhaps none-so-much as His obedience unto death. “Not my will but yours”… who says that?! The Son of Man – that’s who. The one who sets aside his privilege and takes on the form of a slave. The one who does not accept the devil’s kingdom but fasts into the hunger of all who seek the righteous kingdom. The one who rejects the sword but accepts the spear into his own side. That one. Jesus had… Continue reading

External Pressure. Internal Failure.

I’m not doing so well with this 30 day writing without editing effort. Anna and I are on vacation, and leading up to it, I had so much work to do, I had to let the writing go. Then I got sick. Yeah. You know. Right when you’re starting your vacation your body decides to get revenge on you for the past 6 months of stress. What is it about rest that seems to invite sickness? Why is that when you’ve been running non-stop, the… Continue reading