It has been a bazillion years since I blogged. I love it when I do it, but seldom make time to sit and get my thoughts on paper (or cyberspace). However, I am on a new journey. I am currently a doctoral student at George Fox Seminary in Portland, OR. I am part of the Doctorate of Ministry in Leadership and Spiritual Formation. My dissertation focus is working to bridge the sacred and secular gap when it comes to vocation and work.
As a pastor, I have met with many people who struggle with connecting their faith and work. David Miller has named this the “Sunday-Monday gap.” (David Miller, God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith and Work Movement (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006) Part of the problem is that church leaders use the language of “calling” as purely a calling to ministerial work. Regular work is seen as mundane, laborious, tedious, and simply as a means for financial gain. I believe this fundamentally misses the theological truth that all work is a means to glorify God and is a part of building God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
As a part of my first semester in the doctoral program, I researched how the church has understood vocation throughout its history.
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