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"Postlude" comes tomorrow morning. This was important for me for a host of reasons. You'll have to tune in to find out why.  ;)

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Growing up, Acts 2 established my definition of the Holy Spirit. But examples like this one from Vincent Bacote--about work--argues for something more. Hat tip to +The High Calling and the CCO's Jubilee Conference. 
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"Despite the fact that people who work for themselves earn less, work more, have fewer benefits and experience more on the job stress than those who work for others, a majority of Americans would prefer to be entrepreneurs."

~Scott Shane, Entrepreneurs.com. Read about this study today at +The High Calling.
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"Having been raised in a ministry-oriented family—in the traditional sense of the word ‘ministry’—I struggle sometimes to enjoy what God has provided. In fact, I have more guilt about enjoying money than not."

~ Carl Lundblad, on finding the balance between making money and holding it loosely, today at +The High Calling.
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As my friend Karyn Puller would say, "This ends here." Last Drink is the final story, and yet the beginning of a new kind of story, one in which all of the subtle, slow, brilliant works of the Christ--the Deliverer--begin to take shape. And they become visible! This is grace. This is the answer to those many prayers by many people through many years, reminders that God is good.

But this is also a reminder that more is to come. My children will have their own moments someday of feeling "delivered" from their dad, I'm sure. So I'll continue to surrender, and when those moments arise in their lives--when they awaken to pains someday of mistakes we've made--they won't have to do it alone. We'll do it together, just like we are now.

Thank you for encouraging me this year. A Beautiful Trench It Was has provided quite the pilgrimage, and I'm grateful for your accompaniment. Stay tuned for a postlude next week, and an announcement about how to download these stories in a single audio file.

~Sam  
I was home and thrilled to see Dad again, yet wondering how to man up for another kind of goodbye. This would be our last drink. He wouldn't take it well.
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Money, power, the need to be liked, security--each of these come with their share of good and bad. And in one way or another, our relationship with them affects our daily work. Personally, it would have been best to consider the state of those relationships before I took my first real job, but seeing similar characteristics today as I did then makes me wonder how much I could have gained from early introspection. So I need a little help along the way.

Join me over at +The High Calling on Fridays for a series that explores these four potential obstacles. Start below for the intro. Next week, I'll interview a corporate banker about Golden Handcuffs and what gives him freedom to walk away from the siren call of money.  
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Good conversation about this story today on The John & Kathy Show on WORD-fm. John and Kathy are fun hosts and big friends of +The High Calling and the CCO. My thanks for their hospitality.
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Nehemiah didn’t hold up his wrists and say, "I know I can create an estimate and a supplies list, and manage a large job site and lead a workforce—all the skills you need to rebuild the city’s walls—but do you see these babies? I can’t leave now."

~Nehemiah with Golden Handcuffs, today at +The High Calling.
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“Subjects like sex, finances, pop music, sports, and marketing are often considered secular fields of study by the church at large, but Launch exists to allow students to consider how a Biblical worldview can inform not only their academic career, but vocation beyond college.”

~Matthew Ramsay, from this week's highlight of the Jubilee Conference in the Shippensburg University newspaper. Read the highlight below, with commentary from yours truly as well.
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On the menu for today's lunch: The end. "Last Drink" is the last story. Thanks for listening.
I was home and thrilled to see Dad again, yet wondering how to man up for another kind of goodbye. This would be our last drink. He wouldn't take it well.
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Tomorrow is the final chapter in A Beautiful Trench It Was. It's called Last Drink. Thanks for listening.

If you need to catch up, see the story gallery here: http://abeautifultrenchitwas.com/
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Something for the ride home this evening. It's four minutes and some change in length and should work just fine on your mobile device. Thanks for listening.
We waded through marsh water and forest debris to soak him with goodbyes, then carried the boxes above the flood to the apartment. We were going home.
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Design group experiences in wilderness and campus settings. Help people connect faith and work.
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I’m a Resource Specialist for the CCO, an organization that partners with colleges, churches and other organizations to develop men and women who live out their Christian faith in every area of life.

I'm also the young professionals editor for The High Calling, where we host conversations about work, life and God.


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