Vocation? Whatever! Work-Life Balance versus Vocational Wholeness

Chris Armstrong November 9, 2017

Work-life balance is not our real problem—it’s deeper. We need seamless lives marked throughout by a rhythm of action (service) and devotion (Sabbath). This interactive talk is based on Dr. Armstrong’s personal discovery of healthier perspectives on work, action, and devotion through the timeless teachings of Genesis, Matthew, Martin Luther, and Gregory the Great.

Dr. Chris R Armstrong is a second-career academic (Duke Ph.D., American Christian History) who taught from 2004 to 2013 at Bethel Seminary in Minnesota. (His first career was in business communications.) In 2014, Chris was called to Wheaton College to become the founding director of Opus: The Art of Work, an institute on faith and vocation.

Chris originally turned to church history to see how Christians have lived out their faith in the world; the same impulse drives his current research on work, vocation, and human flourishing. His first book, Patron Saints for Postmoderns (InterVarsity Press, 2009), looked beyond “the usual church-historical suspects” for guides to a vibrant, socially engaged faith. In his second book, Medieval Wisdom for Modern Christians: Finding Authentic Faith in a Forgotten Age with C S Lewis (Brazos, 2016), Chris explores medieval faith to find what Western Christians need today: a sacramental tonic for life in our disenchanted, secularized world.

Chris is the senior editor of Christian History magazine and blogs at gratefultothedead.wordpress.com. He lives in Naperville, IL with his wife Sharon and three of their five children. He enjoys board games and movies and is constantly surprised at how the mid-20th-century author C S Lewis still helps so many—including himself—live faithfully today.