Studio Artist Christy Nelson (christynelsonart.com) joins us in this episode. Christy is featured in Chapter 8 of Bryan’s new book, “Redeeming Work: A Guide to Discovering God’s Calling for Your Career.” Christy shares her powerful story of redemption and renewal in this episode, offering details on how her art expresses themes of healing and transformation. Christy and Bryan also discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the arts community and ways that Christy integrates her faith within her creative work.
We have a bonus episode! In this episode, Bryan is interviewed by Currey Blandford, host of the A Theology of Hustle podcast. In a far-ranging discussion, Bryan shares his own story of finding purpose in work, offers some details about jobZology and PathwayU, tells some of the backstories behind his new book Redeeming Work, and lays out some general principles for finding purpose and meaning in your career.
This episode features Nick Dale, who is featured in Chapter 6 of Bryan’s new book, “Redeeming Work: A Guide to Discovering God’s Calling for Your Career.” Nick is living his calling as an HR Tech professional right now, but a few years back, he endured a challenging job search that taught him the power of proactivity. In this interview, Nick and Bryan discuss how Nick’s job search experience conforms to what we know works in a job search. Nick also describes how he lives out his faith today within the world of human resources technology.
In this episode we hear from Nate Lake, who is featured in Chapter 2 of Bryan’s new book, “Redeeming Work: A Guide to Discovering God’s Calling for Your Career.” When Bryan and Nate first met, Nate was a senior in college who was passionate about sports, communication studies, and his faith—and torn over whether a career in sports or a career in ministry, was the path for him. In this interview, Nate talks about his process of discerning his calling into sports communications and describes how he lives out his faith within that field today.
This episode introduces listeners to a series of episodes that focus on the intersection of faith and work. Specifically, they explore Bryan’s new book, “Redeeming Work: A Guide to Discovering God’s Calling for Your Career.” Bryan discusses his purpose in writing this book, and why a book for Christians should be of interest to listeners who want more purpose in their work regardless of their faith perspective. He then reads the book’s introduction and teases the episode to follow.
Guests in this episode are longtime friends, collaborators, and eminent scholars on calling research. Stuart Bunderson, PhD, is the Bauer Professor of Organizational Ethics and Governance, and Director of the Bauer Leadership Center, at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Jeffery Thompson, PhD, is a professor at the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University. Stuart and Jeff discuss their famous study of callings among zookeepers, the double-edged sword of pursuing a calling, a recent global conference they sponsored on calling research, and tips to make your work more meaningful. To learn more about Stuart and Jeff, check out https://olin.wustl.edu/EN-US/Faculty-Research/Faculty/Pages/FacultyDetail.aspx?username=bunderson and https://marriottschool.byu.edu/directory/details?id=5275.
In this episode, we hear from Dr. Evgenia Lysova, Director of the VU Center for Meaningful Work and Assistant Professor of Careers and Organizational Behavior at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Evgenia discusses international research on work as a calling, the process of editing a special issue on calling in vocational psychology’s top journal, her research on callings within the Dutch video game industry, and experiencing meaningful work while balancing work and family. Learn more about Dr. Lysova’s research here: https://research.vu.nl/en/persons/evgenia-lysova/publications/
This episode’s guest is Dr. Michael Steger, Director of the Center for Purpose and Meaning at Colorado State University, and the world’s leading expert on social science research related to meaning in life. Learn more about how to join Dr. Steger for a Meaning360 retreat in Bali at www.meaning360.org.
This episode introduces the show, reveals why Dr. Bryan is passionate about this topic, describes the types of guests we will welcome to the podcast, and gives you a quick exercise to begin applying the show’s themes to your own life.