Preaching Connection: Vocation

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Under the Unpredictable Plant: an Exploration in Vocational Holiness

How do you get vocational holiness as opposed to career idolatry? Please don’t answer that personal holiness will do the trick. “If the pastor is devout, it is assumed that the work is also devout. The assumption is unwarranted. Sincerity in a carpenter does not ensure an even saw cut. Neither does piety in a...

The Brothers K

Papa Chance had wanted to be a baseball player, but it hadn’t worked out. When his son Kade challenges him about it, he loses his temper and belts his son. Then this: ”’You know, millwork isn’t baseball,’ he says, and his voice too is trembling. ‘You–Everett–Peter–do any of you understand that? It’s not a game,...

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Psalm 146

The Lectionary likes Psalm 146 a lot and so it comes up with some frequency, including only 2 short months ago the first Sunday in September.  The last couple of times that I wrote a commentary on Psalm 146 were pretty similar but this week I will take it in a different direction.  If you…