Blog Posts on Work & Vocation

Women, Work, and Our Crisis of Identity

Carolyn McCulley
Women, Work, and Our Crisis of Identity

Several years ago, I spoke to a friend at a church event who had been influential as a lawyer for the cause and practice of religious freedom. She had been single for many years, but now was recently married and a first-time mother. As we caught up with each other, she confessed that her transition from being a lawyer to being a stay-at-home mother with an infant was a lot harder than she anticipated.

“As much as I love being married and a mom after all these years... Continue Reading

Extraordinary Help for Gospel Productivity

Jon Bloom
Extraordinary Help for Gospel Productivity

Does God care about how productive we are? He does. Deeply. Consider:

  • Our fruitfulness reflects on Jesus: “By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples” (John 15:8).

  • We are to live purposefully and manage our time: “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15–16).

  • We are not to let the less important tasks crowd out the more... Continue Reading

Nine Practical Pointers for Plodders

Jon Bloom
Nine Practical Pointers for Plodders

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)

Today is going to be a challenge.

You will not make perfect plans. You will not work your plans perfectly. You’ll find a bog of ambiguity that you’ll need to step through carefully. There will be detours and delays. There will be equipment failures. You will spin your wheels. There will be unexpected phone calls and undesired emails. Social media will keep poking you for... Continue Reading

Five Encouragements for Everyday Work

Joseph Scheumann
Five Encouragements for Everyday Work

Most Christian ministry is not vocational.

Far and away, those not getting paid to do ministry are collectively doing much more on the frontlines for gospel advance than those getting a paycheck. According to Ephesians 4:12, the paid ministers aren’t supposed to do all the ministry themselves, but “to equip the saints for the work of ministry.”

The Church, in all her glory, is vastly more lawyers, administrative assistants, doctors, construction workers, and mechanical... Continue Reading

Work Is a Glorious Thing

John Piper
Work Is a Glorious Thing

Work is a glorious thing. And if you stop and think about it, the most enjoyable kinds of leisure are a kind of work. Both these facts are true because the essence of work, as God designed it before the Fall, was creativity — not aimless, random doing, but creative, productive doing.

The Primal Worker

When God did his primal work, he created the world. That is the essence of work. Then he created us in his image, and put us in the world he made, and said, “Let them have dominion . .... Continue Reading

Even If You Labor “for Nought”

John Piper
Even If You Labor “for Nought”

Discouragement comes in many forms. So our weapons must be varied.

Before I accepted the call to become a pastor 33 years ago, my father wrote me a discouraging letter — a kind of warning about the pastorate. He gave me a long list of the discouragements, pitfalls, and hardships of pastoral ministry. Later, when I accepted the call, he rejoiced with me and said that the letter was not meant to stop me, but to prove the reality of my call. If I could move forward, he said, after... Continue Reading

Work Like an Arminian, Sleep Like a Calvinist?

Tony Reinke
Work Like an Arminian, Sleep Like a Calvinist?

It was the topic of Ask Pastor John episode 143, and it became the most played episode we released in the last two weeks.

The slogan, “work like an Arminian, sleep like a Calvinist,” initially may sound humorous, but it’s also unhelpful, says Pastor John.

The reason I don’t like saying, “work like an Arminian, sleep like a Calvinist,” is because I think it’s misleading. . . . It is historically false to imply that Calvinism produced less work than others. The... Continue Reading

Advice for Christian Artists

Jonathan Parnell

Max McLean encourages Christians in the arts to integrate their faith in every step they take. “Make your faith the source of your art,” he says.

In this short video he explains the passion and strategy behind his work and the production company he founded, Fellowship of Performing Arts. In short, his advice to Christian artists is 1) reflect Christian truth; 2) empathize with people of other worldviews; and 3) execute your art with excellence.


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Lay Aside the Weight of Restless Work

Jon Bloom
Lay Aside the Weight of Restless Work

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

July marks my 20th year working with John Piper and many precious colleagues in this mission of Desiring God. It is a privilege so great that it surpasses my power to comprehend it.

Twenty years. That’s a generation. When I began, I hadn’t been alive much more than twenty years. Now I’m in my forties and fifty is on the horizon.

During this generational span I’ve gotten to be a part... Continue Reading

Feeling Unappreciated at Work?

Andre Yee
Feeling Unappreciated at Work?

There are few things more difficult than giving our best labors daily in an environment where we feel unappreciated. You know the feeling, and it’s not a good one. No matter how good our work environment might be, from time to time we have all felt the sting of our contributions taken for granted and our mistakes magnified.

The sad reality is that this condition is almost inevitable in this broken world. So how do we sustain joyful work in such a situation?

For Unappreciated... Continue Reading