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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.

  • 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…

  • Public Square
How to Flourish through Financial Crisis

By: John Pletcher

6 minute read

Amidst the current threat of Covid-19, fear of loss, and physical distancing, so many of us are slapped by financial…

  • Public Square

Disturbing. Disgraceful. Discouraging. Amid accusations and fuming vitriol from all political sides, we hear these three words used to describe…

  • Theology 101

My first official workplace—the kind that rendered a pay stub—was in eleventh grade after school at Woolworth’s Department Store. Each…

  • At Work

We all have our share of feisty characters show up in our daily labors. My encounters with porcupine people began…

  • At Work
Tolkien’s Christmas Joy at Work

By: John Pletcher

6 minute read

I puzzle throughout December: “Is all of our holiday stress a recent-days phenomenon?” And in my most reflective moments, I…

  • At Work

On my morning run, I catch first glimpses of seasonal beauty breaking through on the landscape. It’s early October, so…

  • At Work
Monday Motivation—from J.R.R. Tolkien

By: John Pletcher

5 minute read

I am not uproariously excited about going back to work most Mondays, and I know I am not alone. We…

  • At Work
A Tolkien Tale Tackles Workplace Pride

By: John Pletcher

5 minute read

“That’s marvelous!” I’ve heard people say upon beholding an antique oak chair I’ve refinished. And I’ve relished the comment. “Wow,…

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