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Authored by Center for Faith & Work or LeTourneau University Faculty and Staff

October 19th, 2015

Why Business Matters to God (And What Still Needs to Be Fixed)

Jeff Van Duzer grew up thinking business was the source of much damage and evil in the world, the work of greedy capitalists polluting the environment. Thirty years later he was dean of a business school. In the course of that remarkable transformation, Van Duzer discovered many business...

via Bill Peel
September 23rd, 2015

Gracious Words in an Ungracious World

What we say and how we say it speaks volumes about who we are, what motivates us, and how much we care about others. The apostle Paul allows little wiggle room when it comes to thoughtless words: Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building...

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August 23rd, 2015

Don’t Work Yourself to Death

The accident occurred at 11:04 a.m. according to the police report. A deafening crash and shower of glass and shrapnel had jolted me awake. I slammed on the brakes as a gooseneck trailer peeled away a good portion of the driver’s side of my car, barely missing me. My face stung and body...

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August 21st, 2015

Busy Christians Need a Spiritual Network

Busyness is the new normal in America. According to the 2014 American Time Use Survey, Americans average almost nine hours a day on work-related activities. Thirty-three percent of full-time workers say their employer expects them to check email and stay in touch remotely after the business...

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August 7th, 2015

One Person Can Make a Difference

In his 2014 commencement address to 8000 University of Texas graduates, Admiral William H. McRaven, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, said the average American will meet 10,000 people in their lifetime. “…if every one of you changed the lives of just 10 people, and each...

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July 24th, 2015

Just Say No to Jargon

Jargon is the language of specialized terms used by a group or profession to communicate in shorthand a big idea or concept. Do a quick Google search and you’ll find myriad articles about why we should avoid using jargon and why workplace jargon is a big problem. Jargon can confuse and...

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July 24th, 2015

Christians and Boy Scouts – Always Be Prepared

“Be prepared” is the Boy Scout motto, and it applies to followers of Jesus as well. We need not hold advanced degrees in theology or be skilled apologists, but we do need to be prepared to explain what we believe and why we believe it. Consider how you would answer if coworkers posed the...

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July 24th, 2015

Top 10 Things to Remember About Sharing Your Faith

When Christians in the workplace get serious about fulfilling their role in the Great Commission, many have misconceptions that need to corrected. Here are the top 10 things to know. 

July 11th, 2015

Avoid Vacation Meltdown

July is typically the busiest summer month for vacations. Families prepare to load the car to travel to various fun-filled, relaxing destinations. Some of you may have already began daydreaming about your get away. You can smell the ocean, feel the sand between your toes, and feel the...

July 11th, 2015

Good Thoughts for Hard Times From R.G. LeTourneau

Whether you just entered the working world or you're multiple rungs up a ladder, career climbs today are steeper and falls are harder. As the head of a college that prepares (and repairs) men and women for that world, I have a little counsel for you from a legend who stepped into the work...