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Author: John PletcherDr. John Elton Pletcher is Lead Pastor at Manor Church in Lancaster, PA where he regularly teaches theology of work and leads in faith-at-work integration. He also teaches as adjunct faculty at Indiana Wesleyan University. John’s books include: Joy & Thriving: Grow Stronger in the Tough Times, Henry’s Glory: A Story for Discovering Lasting Significance in Your Daily Work, Henry’s Christmas: A Story for Discovering God’s Joyous Work at Advent, and coauthor of EmotiConversations: Working through our deepest places. John and his wife, Nancy, have three sons.

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Seeing Others with Divine Wonder

By: John Pletcher

5 minute read

Each time I’ve watched Wonder—the movie based on R.J. Palacio’s award-winning novel—I’ve been ambushed by this oh-so-moving story about a…

  • At Work
What If We Take Gentleness to Work?

By: John Pletcher

6 minute read

Right now,  it seems everyone is on edge and short-fused. Leaders encounter feisty clients and coworkers during normal seasons, but…

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Hope for Hard-Working Moms

By: John Pletcher

6 minute read

In the fall of second grade, I proudly submitted a carefully crafted biography of my mom, composed on classic, dotted-line…

  • At Work
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After five tedious hours of sanding and three coats of poly-finish, the vintage-1920’s, solid oak chair was restored. I laid…

  • At Work

Grandma smiled at Zach and Maggie. “So, here’s the letter to my grandparents when they were missionaries in the Congo….

  • Arts & Culture
How Mittens Can Help Us Understand Grief

By: John Pletcher

6 minute read

In recent days, humorous memes of Sen. Bernie Sanders and his mittens have brought us extra laughter on social media….

  • Theology 101

In the heart of the Christmas season, we usually consider questions of planning for the coming new year, both at…

  • Public Square

We have experienced a rough-and-tumble political season with raucous debates, feisty accusations, and precipitous partisan politics. Once the final votes…

  • Public Square

One of my neighbors vocalized his desire to place two political signs in his yard. However, he expressed his deep…

  • At Work

Are you certain you are ready to go back to work? For many of us, the current season is full…