Topic: Faith & Work


The Place of Perfection In the Christian Life

Perfectionists don’t settle for anything less than perfect. We desire perfect relationships, to meet specific goals, and to reach a certain standard. Yet when conflict comes, we withdraw in hopelessness. When we fail, we beat ourselves up. And if we don’t reach the standard we set for ourselves, we determine […]

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The Best Place to Flourish

Video Transcript: Joseph served in Potiphar’s house for 11 years. We know this because Joseph was 17 years old when he was sold as a slave (Genesis 37:2), and he was thirty when he was appointed prime minister by Pharaoh (Genesis 41:46). As we will see next time, Joseph spent […]

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If Today Was Your Last Day

We’ve all heard some version of the question, “If today was your last day on earth, what would you do?” The question is designed to get us thinking about what truly matters and what doesn’t. There is a helpfulness to this question, I suppose. I certainly don’t want to spend […]


A Hurried Life Isn’t a Holy Life

In college, every hour of my life was scheduled in a color-coded planner, made and kept with meticulous precision. Senior year, I worked a full-time job, took 23 credit hours per semester, and made the Dean’s list for the eighth consecutive semester. Purple designated “free time” in my planner, which […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (December 15, 2017)

Do You Pray Like the Devil? (John Piper, Desiring God) What Paul means is that without the transforming work of the Holy Spirit, no one can say “Jesus is Lord” with a joyful and glad embrace of the Lord Jesus as one’s supreme treasure. The devil admits his power and final victory, […]


Salvation and Purpose in Five Little Words

“But” is my favorite word in the Bible. Throughout Scripture we see “but God,” or “but Christ,” or “but when…” Something was lost, but now it’s found. Someone was dead, but is now alive. A person was blind, but now can see. There was no way, but God made a […]


Freedom from Perfectionism

Have you ever re-folded the towels because someone put the laundry away badly? Are you silently judging other parents when their children throw tantrums? Do you feel like you’re always behind, frustrated when you don’t complete a project to your own impossible standards? If so, you may be suffering from […]

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20 Tips for the Christian College Student

For the most part, I loved my college years. My parents’ faith became my own, and I experienced greater joy in Bible reading, prayer, fellowship, and evangelism than I ever thought possible. I also made mistakes and have regrets that I’ve had time to reflect on these past 10 years. […]

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The Glory of Repetitive Tasks

“Do you think we’ll wash dishes in heaven?” My feet ached from standing, and I winced as I dipped my already-dry hands into the dishwater. The plastic containers had gathered by the sink, and as I worked my way through the pile, I looked for hope as I asked my […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (June 8, 2017)

Morning Bible Reading and Manna for Today (Lore Ferguson Wilbert, Sayable) My daily routine (right now) looks like this…Take what helps you, leave what doesn’t. Why Do We Lie? (Ryan Reeves, The Gospel Coalition) We are all familiar with lying. Each of us has told a lie. But what is the […]

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Four Steps to Get Your Work Done Well

Thousands of books offer advice on how to prioritize, simplify, and get work done. And yet, long before the experts hit the scene with their Rolodex, DayTimers, and Gantt Charts was our God. He modeled how to complete the work, and once the work is completed, how to rest. If […]


Glorify God in the Kitchen

I didn’t always love to cook. Growing up I preferred other things to all things domestic, including any time in the kitchen. As I’ve grown into adulthood, my interests have changed, and I have grown to love cooking, though I’m still learning to like baking. It’s only been recently that […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (April 20, 2017)

We Need More Bible in Youth Ministry (Katherine Forster, Desiring God) Here are four reasons I believe pastors, teachers, youth leaders, and Christian parents need to encourage and exhort us to study the Bible, and teach us how to do it. The Gospel Doesn’t Accommodate (Jason Garwood, Gospel-Centered Discipleship) Why are we […]

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Key Connections (March 15, 2017)

The Secret to Job Satisfaction (Marshall Segal, Desiring God) Another paycheck may feel like our most immediate need, but it is another grain of sand compared with all God will give us in eternity. Does God Just Tolerate Me? (Ryan Higginbottom, Unlocking the Bible) I can be persuaded that [God] loves me […]

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Key Connections (February 22, 2017)

Love the Church You’re With, Not the Church of Your Dreams (Ricky Alcantar, The Blazing Center) You may find that some of the things you long for begin to be more evident…Or you may find that God changes your heart to appreciate what’s already there. God Uses Our Work—Even Cleaning Milk […]

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The Do’s and Don’ts of a Gospel-Centered Team

Ministry should never be done alone. This is why we have teams. There is something dynamic and energizing about a group of people working together with the gospel at the center. This could be a Bible study, small group, volunteer team, or a prayer group. Paul was a team leader […]

How to Work Well With Different Personalities

How to Work Well With Different Personalities

For years, companies have tried to choose employees who work well together by exploring the personality types of their job candidates. Tests like the Myers Briggs Type Indicator identify attitudes and preferences, and help extroverts and introverts figure out how to work together. Long before personality tests entered our world, […]

Have We Become Our Jobs?

On what do you base your identity? Most often, these days, our identity is associated with our work. An article in the Chicago Tribune (“Just can’t escape the daily grind” by Charles McNulty, February 21, 2016) argues that even today’s movies are all about our jobs. Spotlight, this year’s winner of the Oscar for best picture, […]

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A Prayer for a God-Honoring Work Life

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23-24) Father, I come before you thankful that you have made work a part of life and […]

Your work doesn’t just matter for you and your family, it matters for your neighbor. Here are three ways that you can love your neighbor as yourself through your work

Three Ways to Love Your Neighbor through Your Work

My brother-in-law works at the Caterpillar plant in South Texas. A few years ago, he took me on a tour of the assembly line. It was absolutely incredible to see these massive machines put together step-by-step. It struck me how the employees on the assembly line were fulfilling Christ’s command […]

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On Directing, Acting, and “Heaven, How I Got Here”

Today’s episode of Working on Purpose features Timothy Gregory, the Founding Artistic Director of Provision Theater Company, based in Chicago, Illinois. Tim is a dear friend of the ministry and the adapter of Pastor Colin’s book Heaven, How I Got Here into a one-man drama for the stage. Provision Theater Company is devoted to […]

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Do Justice, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly at Work

Your work matters to God. A few weeks ago, I wrote about Christ’s vision for our vocations, how work is a way we reflect the image of God, and how the perfect Son of God worked on our behalf to defeat sin and death so that we might be saved […]

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On Ministering to a Church without Walls

Joining us today on Working on Purpose is Craig Glass, the Founder and President of Peregrine Ministries, whose mission is to guide and inspire men on their life journey. The vision of Peregrine Ministries is to see a growing community of men who: Understand their identity in Christ Embrace their […]

Your Work Matters to God

Your work matters to God. Many people in the church suffer from a messed up, incomplete, or even harmful theology of work. Too often, we pastors have spent all of our time talking about the hours people are not working. But the reality is that most people spend most of […]

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On Producing, Radio Hosting, and Working with Pastor Colin

Steve Hiller is the radio host of the Unlocking the Bible Daily Broadcast and lead producer and video editor of the ministry. He is a fan of all-things-Superman, has two children, and works part-time on Moody Radio, stepping in for other show hosts now and again. Steve agreed to share with us […]