What’s the story of your life?

One of the goals of the Patheos Faith & Work Channel is to bring good things to light – good things going on in the faith & work conversation. Here’s one that we got a sneak peek at, at Steve Garber’s Come & See conference in Washington DC this week.

Garber’s Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation, and Culture has worked together with Regent College (Vancouver, BC) to create a new 10-session, video-assisted course called “ReFrame.”

The question the course asks and answers is this:  How does the Bible reframe all of our lives, the world around us, and the work we do in it? The series traces the Biblical narrative from creation, to the Fall, to the story of Israel, to Christ’s Incarnation, life, death, and resurrection, to Pentecost, to the new heavens and the new earth. It shows us that when we know the biblical story and the stories we’re in, we are able to see and act in the world in a totally different way.

The metaphor of the Emmaus Road story runs throughout the course. Think about it: Jesus could immediately have revealed himself to disciples, but he did so through stories, and then they understood who they were and what they were to do.

The glimpse we got at the conference is a bit of a teaser yet, since the full course will launch only in the fall. But if you are interested in seeing what this unique collaboration has pulled off, check out the trailer here: http://www.reframecourse.com/ or above. You’ll see some perhaps-familiar faces: Andy Crouch of CT; Eugene Peterson; J. I. Packer; Amy Sherman . . . and quite a few more.

My impression is – this is a rich resource that will bless a lot of people.


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About Chris Armstrong

Dr. Chris Armstrong is a professor of church history, author of Patron Saints for Postmoderns (IVP, 2009) and Medieval Wisdom: An Exploration with C S Lewis (Baker Academic, forthcoming), and founding director of the new Institute for Faith and Vocation at Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL. Chris believes the reason Protestant evangelicals find ourselves urgently needing to have a conversation about "integrating faith and work" is that we have divorced our faith from our material and social lives.