Author: Jeff Ostermann

I am what is called a “necessity entrepreneur.” This is a nice phrase for people who started a business after losing their jobs in the recession: in my case, after thirty years as an employee of various small and large firms. In the five years...

I’ve had some busy people pick up Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work, look at the subtitle, and ask: “OK, so, in a nutshell, how does God’s work connect to our work?” Always a good exercise for an author, to be asked...

How do faith and work come together?  In their book, Work and Worship: Reconnecting Our Labor and Liturgy, Matthew Kaemingk and Cory B. Willson argue that worship is essential to bridging the gap between faith and work. It is not enough to merely think our...

Almost every Sunday morning at church, as we finish the final songs and benediction (and I prepare to pick up my crew of girls from Sunday School – now four!), I find myself asking the same question: What is the Church sent into the world...

From the beginning, at the dawn of history, men and women are called first into a relationship with God. Then, secondly, they are called to participate with God in exercising “dominion” – managing, shaping, designing and developing the world that God has created and entrusted...

Stressed. Tired. Exhausted. Anxious.  America has been reckoning with the cost of hyperproductivity long before 2020. However, the myriad effects of the pandemic— job loss, fragile employment status, complications for working parents, and forced changes in nearly all industries—have only further exacerbated our problems with stress....

“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” I still remember when I really came to believe that statement for the first time. Here was the gospel in all of its scandalous beauty: that God, despite all my...

The most famous verse in Leviticus may be the command, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Lev. 19:18). This imperative is so sweeping that both Jesus and the rabbis regarded it as one of the two “great” commandments, the other being “Hear, O Israel: the Lord...

For many of us, the current season is full of great eagerness and anticipation. Perhaps you’ve been working from home, and now there is the potential of going back to the office soon. Perhaps you were furloughed over previous weeks, but now you are hearing...

We are walking in a very unique time in the life of our country. Never is the everyday work of Christians as evident as when the gathered church is no longer able to meet. Christians right now are cast into the middle of serving the...

All work has dignity because it reflects God’s image in us, and also because the material creation we are called to care for is good. The Greeks saw death as a friend because it liberated us from the prison of physical life. The Bible sees...

In 1551, Robert Estienne created a numbering system for his edition of the Greek New Testament which was also later used in his 1553 French publication of the Bible. To this day, Estienne's numbering system is what we see when we read our Bibles and...

Throughout his physical time on this earth we often see Jesus engaging individuals with extreme grace and a focus on getting right to the heart of their personal brokenness. No where is this more evident than in the story of the rich young ruler recounted...

I'm excited to share with you the launch of the Northeast Indiana Center for Faith and Work. After many months of prayer, preparation and advisory conversations with dozens of individuals, we’re stepping forward this month with an organization that we believe can play a critical...