The High Calling

The High Calling is a production of the Theology of Work Project in partnership with the H. E. Butt Family Foundation. Here you'll discover a range of stories that help you think deeply about how your faith relates to your work and the culture you live in.

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Life for leaders devotionals


Loving God Completely at Work: It Starts with Hearing

January 24th, 2017

If we are to love God at work, and, for that matter, if we are to love God in any context of our lives, we need first to listen. Like the Israelites, we need to hear what God says to us about himself and about ourselves. We need to pay attention to who God has revealed himself to be and who we are as God’s creatures, made in his image for his particular purposes.

Love and Work: Do They Go Together?

January 23rd, 2017

We often think of work as the place of toughness, whether one is doing tough physical labor or making tough decisions or dealing with tough HR issues. Work is a place for strength, endurance, commitment, decisiveness, strategic thinking, and, perhaps, visionary innovation. But what about love? Is work also a place for love? Do love and work go together? Or should love stay at home and at church, in our personal lives, but not in the rough and tumble world of work?

Mentors and Mentees are Both Impacted

January 22nd, 2017

Am I being a mentor? I made the claim yesterday that the powerful mentor/mentee relationship of Elijah to Elisha is something modern leaders should emulate today.

The Power of Mentoring: When the Mentee Surpassed the Mentor

January 21st, 2017

As I was preparing a sermon recently, I was inspired by a blog by Daira Curran to remember the importance of mentoring ( Here in this story of Elijah and Elisha, we get a picture of a unique relationship of mentor and mentee. If you are familiar with the story, you’ll remember that Elijah was a powerful prophet who was ultimately raptured — never tasting death! How could the mentee Elisha ever out-do that? Yet Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit, which resulted in a fruitful ministry for Elisha that some would argue surpassed that of his mentor.

It Must Be Nice, It Must Be Nice . . .

January 20th, 2017

In the hit musical Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton’s political opponents recognize that one of his most powerful assets is his close relationship with George Washington. Yes, in early years of the United States, it was nice to have Washington on your side. But Psalm 56 offers something even better. You have God on your side, and that is nice, to say the least.

Giving Back to Caesar and God: A Curious and Challenging Twist

January 19th, 2017

In the last couple of days we have been examining Mark 12:12-17, an interaction between several Jewish leaders and Jesus. They had trap him, asking Jesus a question about taxation, which, no matter his answer, seemed to force him either to denounce Rome or to disappoint his followers. Yet, Jesus’s response to the trick question, using the image and inscription on a Roman coin, enabled him to escape from the trap.