Vocational Decision as Colossal Failure

Part of the reason I am interested in blogging on the idea of “calling” is to offer a dirtier, grimier theology of vocation than the cheerier (and perhaps more marketable) versions that are readily available in pulpits and bookshops. The rhetoric of calling is often hand-in-glove with populist notions of personal fulfillment. Disney has informed…

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A Brief Theology of “Calling”

We are going to be thinking about calling and vocation here at Hopeful Realism. I’ve already offered an initial post on these themes: “Vocation as Pyrrhic Victory.” But what does “calling” actually refer to? The word “vocation” derives from the Latin vocatio, the base root of which is vox: “voice.” That’s important. Critically important. Christianity…

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1-Year into the PhD: 12 Months of Living Squeamishly

[The map above is an inset in a map of “The Bishopric and Citie of Durham”—the inset shows the peninsula where I study, between the castle and cathedral.  You can find more of these at www.oldmap.co.uk] “Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make…

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Revisiting the “We Need Boring Christians” Article (part 1)

  Six months ago RELEVANTMagazine.com published my article “We Need Boring Christians.”  They re-published it on the site in December—seems as though was one of the most shared articles on their site for 2011.  I had no idea the reception would be that strong.  I suppose a nerve was struck. In this series of posts…

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