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
I’m not sure how well Simon gets “us” (millennials), but his point about charging phones away from the bedroom was enough to help me make the change.
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
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
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