Friday, November 21, 2014

Blessings of Thanksgiving and Faithful Service

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays of the year. It is a time specifically suited for us to reflect on the innumerable blessings God has provided for us-personally and professionally-and thank Him with grateful heart for those many blessings. 

This week, we took a few moments to acknowledge the faithful service of some of our own who have invested their lives in the work of this university. All totaled together, they have served 195 years as part of the fabric of this university. Their work matters to us, and our work, collectively, matters to God. 

At LeTourneau University, we teach that our work is a holy calling with eternal impact. We teach that there is no great divide between what we do and believe on Sundays and what we do on Monday mornings.   Our goal is to be authentic, to be Christ-followers and reflect Him in our workplaces every day-whether we are typing letters, answering phones, teaching students or performing any number of daily tasks that our individual roles may require. 

The labor of our lives is so much more effective when we join together to do his will. I'm thankful to be part of this work at LETU.

Nearly 200 years of combined service to LeTourneau University was honored Tuesday afternoon at the President's Coffee in the Allen Family Student Center. From left are Rita Courson (40 years) from development, Mary Jackson (40 years) from aviation, Paul Leiffer (35 years) from engineering, Paul Kubricht (40 years) from history/political science and Larry Anderson (40 years) from mathematics.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

LeTourneau Leaders attend Faith@Work Summit

Last weekend more than 200 scholars, business professionals, pastors and ministry leaders gathered in Boston for the Faith@Work Summit. I'm honored that LeTourneau University's Center for Faith and Work was one of the three organizers of this important gathering. 

Along with the Mockler Center at Gordon-Conwell Seminary and the Center for Integrity in Business at Seattle Pacific University, the Boston meeting was an opportunity for a diverse group of leaders to ask where is the faith at work movement today and where is it going tomorrow.

LETU had a sizable group of leaders in attendance. Our founder was honored Friday night as one of the pioneers of the faith at work movement. Our center director Bill Peel was one of the event hosts. It was clear that LeTourneau University was claiming our legacy of leadership in this movement -- calling Christians to live out their Sunday faith on Monday in their workplace.

Also this week, LeTourneau University has published Workplace Grace: Becoming a Spiritual Influence at Work. The updated edition by Bill Peel and Walt Larimore is being published in honor of R.G. LeTourneau's 125th birthday. The book is for Christians seeking to share their faith in a way that honors God and honors our relationships at work. Bill demonstrates that "salt comes before light" in the modern workplace. I hope some of you will use the book in your Lifegroups with students.

On a personal note, Marsha lost her oldest brother this week.  A vicious brain cancer took his life quickly. We are traveling to Oklahoma today, and I covet your prayers. It will be a difficult weekend.  Yet as we mourn, we also are looking ahead to a blessed heavenly reunion with all the dear ones who have gone to eternity ahead of us. These tears serve to remind us that we are not home yet.