About

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I am a Christian, husband of 41 years, father of three, 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 B.S. in Mathematics from Colorado State University in 1980 and a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in 2015. God led me on a unique career journey, as a junior/senior high math and science teacher, youth minister, and in the military. I served on active duty in the U.S Army for 20 years and retired as a Master Sergeant in 2006. I currently work as a Department of the Army civilian at the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School, Fort Leonard Wood.

Since 2015, I have actively maintained this blog where I have written and posted over 260 articles, 170 of which address a variety of faith and work topics. One hundred of my articles have been published on several 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, Faith Storytellers, The Gospel Coalition, and Christian Grandfather Magazine. Other topics include what I learned in seminary, parenting adult children, Jesus’ fulfillment of Isaiah 53, Christmas, our identity in Christ, and racial reconciliation. (See complete list of published articles on Linktree.)

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)

3 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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