The Spark Plug

Faith & Work

Today's devotional thought has been provided by Dale Jenkins. Dale is the Pulpit Minister at the Spring Meadows Church of Christ in Spring Hill, Tennessee. You can learn more about Dale on the Spring Meadows website or


Faith and Work...


Some say that “work” is rather evil, a part of “The Fall” but they are wrong.  In the garden before sin God gave Adam work.  Work has been a part of our existence since man began. Complicated, frustrating, unrewarding work - now those grew out of man’s sin (Genesis 3:15-17).   


For some it might provide a spark to shift your view of the value of your work. Rather than the daily grind, being on the treadmill, passing time, toiling away, your place in the rat race see the value of work in light of faith. Faithful people work (2 Thessalonians 3:10-12). Our work mirrors God (Exodus 20:9-11;).  It keeps us from becoming what God does not want us to be. It provides us an opportunity to help those in need (Ephesians 4:28). And it opens doors to share our faith with others (Colossians 3:22-25). 


I don’t know what work you might “go to” today but if possible do work you love. Do work that is rewarding. Do work that provides an opportunity to highlight your faith in God. Do work that serves God as it serves others. ~

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Devotional Thought

Today we are beginning a new feature on our blog that will be coming on Monday mornings. We have asked some local ministers to do a devotional thought to start off the work week. We hope that this will be a great benefit for both the business and educational communities. The first one comes from Chris Smith, the pulpit minister at Harpeth Hills Church of Christ. 


Whose Side Are You On?


There is a remarkable sentence early in the story of Moses and the deliverance of the Children of Israel from Egypt. In Exodus 1:12 we read, “The Egyptians came to dread the Israelites and worked them ruthlessly.”


The Hebrew people had come to Egypt and now those in power did not want the immigrants any more. They feared them, which is almost comical, but that is what those in power always do—fear the minority and cling to power at any cost. Oppressive labor, even killing infants, was not too high a price to pay to make sure those on the bottom stayed on the bottom.


Those of us in positions of privilege need to be personally engaged in helping those who are powerless. The fatherless, the elderly, the hungry, the poor, the homeless—when we assist people like these it loosens the hands that cling to power.


I preach at the Tennessee Prison for Women three or four times a year. Nothing I do reminds me more of my privileged status. Those trips soften my heart and make me thankful for my blessings. When I don’t go to the prison I get full of myself and begin to believe that I am entitled. The prison reminds me it is all grace.


Take your office to volunteer at a homeless shelter, round up the kids and visit a nursing home, deliver meals once a month for Meals on Wheels and tell no one about it.


After all, whose side are you on?


Contact Chris at:

Chris Smith

Pulpit Minister

Harpeth Hills Church of Christ

Phone:  (615) 373-0601 ext. 113


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Higher Education Column in Tennessean

Our Director John Lowry has begun his new column today with the Tennessean Newspaper. Be sure to follow the link below to read it, or pick up a copy and read it in print!

Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, or here on our blog to find out when his next column will be going to print!

Changes in higher ed mirror technology evolution in music industry

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Conversations with the Dean

Today, we are turning back the clock about a year as we are sharing with you on of the great "Conversations with the Dean" that the Lipscomb College of Business does. Last October, Dean Turney Stevens sat down with Rob Touchstone and Charlie Dillingham from the Well Coffeehouse. As the Co-founder and Treasurer they share the idea and mission of this great coffeeshop in the Green Hills area. These Lipscomb Alums are helping make a difference for people in the world who have water that carries water-born illinesses, or no water at all.  Be sure to learn more about The Well Coffeehouse, and the work they are doing on their website:


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Conversation on Social Responsibility

Welcome to September!

We hope you had a great Labor Day weekend, and that you are being productive today in whatever tasks you are completing. As you have hopefully already seen, we have lots in store for this blog. One of those is a way for us to share our radio show that airs each month on WAKM 950AM here in Franklin, TN. This week we would like for you to listen to the radio show from May 24th, when we had a round table discussion about social responsibility. We brought in 6 different leaders from the community, both from the corporate sector as well as the non-profit sector, to talk about corporate social responsibility. We hope that this radio show will educate the public in what corporate social responsibility is and what organizations in Middle Tennessee are doing to work together to strengthen the community.

You can check it out here or on iTunes.


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