Dr. Benjamin Quinn posted an article at the Intersect Project about Mr. Eugene Smith. Dr. Quinn and Walter Strickland dedicated their new book on work and vocation, Every Waking Hour, to Mr. Eugene, because in their words: “he’s the most humble and faithful worker we know.” Dr. Quinn goes on to write:
Mr. Eugene will turn 90 years old this September. Serving on the janitorial staff at Southeastern for now 36 years is, believe it or not, his second career. After the furniture store where he’d worked for many years went out of business, Mr. Eugene applied at SEBTS; we have never been the same. We dare say Mr. Eugene is the godliest person on campus. While Southeastern is honored to employ beloved faculty and selfless staff, it is 36 years of faithfulness and gratitude that sets Mr. Eugene apart. He has emptied garbage cans and rolled up water hoses at Southeastern longer than we’ve been alive, and no one recalls hearing the first whine or whence from him. He is a model of humility, and he beautifully shows the face of Christ at work each day. In short, Mr. Eugene is who we want to be when we grow up.
Art Rainer recently posted at his blog about 5 lies that leaders believe that ruins their family.
I read and listen to a lot of leadership material. If I had to guess, I bet you do as well.
And though we read and listen to a lot on being a successful leader, some of the most influential ideas are not heard but observed. We watch the actions of other successful leaders in our companies and organizations, and we start mimicking them.
But we must be careful what we mimic. Not everything we see is good. Family is sometimes sidelined and eventually injured. And often what we were observing was not directly tied to success anyway. The family is hurt for nothing.
Walter Strickland posted an article at the Intersect Project website arguing that Proverbs 31 is for men, too. Walter writes:
Mother’s day is quickly approaching. Here are two items to add to your “to-do” list:
- Make sure to give your mother something that is an expression of your love for her.
- Crack open your Bible and reconsider the relevance of Proverbs 31 for your life.
As Benjamin and I wrote Every Waking Hour, we reassessed the virtuous woman, and we were delighted to discovered that Proverbs 31 isn’t just for women. Her example is helpful to each of us, especially as it pertains to work and vocation.
The virtuous woman is a sterling picture of work. The virtuous woman is presented as the personification of economic savvy and wisdom at the end of a book that implores readers to seek understanding. The word “economic” here is used in a broad sense, in reference to the web of relationships that people inhabit on a daily basis. For example, the virtuous woman inhabits three of Martin Luther’s four vocational spheres — namely, family, workplace and society.
Scripture highlights the completeness of the woman’s wisdom in a 22-line acrostic poem that demonstrates her thoroughly wise ways from beginning to end (or from A to Z). Thus, her example is far more than a checklist for men to impose on a potential spouse; she is an example of wise living for men and women alike, although she takes on the particularities of femininity and motherhood.
Here are three things you can learn from the virtuous woman.
Dr. Bruce Ashford recently shared 12 books every pastor, professor, or student should read about Christianity, politics, and public life.
Here are twelve books I recommend to pastors, professors, and students who wish to be Christian witnesses in politics and public life. I will describe each book and then rank its level of difficulty on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the most difficult. Level 1 is the category for a book you could give to any friend or family member. Level 5 is the category for a book that might be required in a PhD seminar.
At his blog, Dr. Chuck Lawless recently listed 10 pastoral thoughts about Mother’s Day
This coming Sunday, many of us will celebrate Mother’s Day in our church. If your church is planning to honor mothers, here are some pastoral thoughts to keep in mind.