About

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I am a Christian, husband of 40 years, father of three adult children, grandfather of five, and author of Immanuel Labor – God’s Presence in our Profession: A Biblical, Theological, and Practical Approach to the Doctrine of Work, published by WestBow Press in February 2018.  I am an ordinary man who is passionate about helping other ordinary people experience God’s presence and integrate their Christian faith at work.

I received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Colorado State University in 1980 and a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in 2015.  In my unique career journey, God has led me to math education, ministry, and the military.  I am a former junior/senior high school math and science teacher and youth pastor.  I am a retired Army Master Sergeant with 20 years’ active duty.  I have worked for the past 13 years as a Department of the Army civilian at the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School at Fort Leonard Wood.

Since 2015, I have actively maintained this blog where I have written and posted more than 200 articles; 140 of them address a variety of topics on how to integrate our Christian faith at work.  More than 60 of these articles have been published 120 times on numerous Christian organization’s blogs or websites, including: the Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics, Coram Deo, Nashville Institute for Faith + Work, Made to Flourish, 4Word Women, Acton Institute, Faith Storytellers, and The Gospel Coalition.  Other topics I have addressed include what I learned in seminary, parenting adult children, Jesus’ fulfillment of Isaiah 53, Christmas, our identity in Christ, and racial reconciliation.

I have also been a featured guest on several podcasts: The Author Inside You (July 2019), The Author’s Show (August 2019), Making it Work (January 2021), and Family Radio (January 2021).

“Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me.” (Ps. 66:16)

 

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hello,
    You reference so many books on God & Work. Do you mind putting a simple list together of your reccomendations? It would be super helpful!

    Love your blog by the way.

    Jeff

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    1. Jeff,

      Good to hear from you.

      Here is a list of books I used in my presentation on work:

      Cosden, Darrell, The Heavenly Good of Earthly Work, 2006.
      Grudem, Wayne, Business for the Glory of God, 2003.
      Hardy, Lee, The Fabric of This World, 1990.
      Howard, J. Grant, Balancing Life’s Demands: A New Perspective on Priorities, Multnomah Press, 1983.
      Keller, Timothy, Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work, 2012.
      Nelson, Tom, Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work, 2011.
      Plantinga, Cornelius Jr., Engaging God’s World: A Christian Vision of Faith, Learning, and Living, 2002.
      Sherman, Amy, Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good, 2011.
      Sherman, Doug, and Hendricks, William, Your Work Matters to God, 1987.
      Stevens, R. Paul, The Other Six Days: Vocation, Work, and Ministry in Biblical Perspective, 1999.
      Veith, Gene, Jr., God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life, 2002.
      Witherington, Ben III, Work: A Kingdom Perspective on Labor, 2011.
      Wittmer, Michael, Becoming Worldly Saints: Can You Serve Jesus and Still Enjoy Your Life?, 2015.
      Theology of Work Project, Theology of Work Bible Commentary (vol. 1-5), 2015.

      Thanks for your encouragement!
      Russ

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