If God really does work through our work, then what do we do about that?

We’re returning to our occasional series of posts on work and vocation (linked at the bottom of this post) in Christian history by Faith and Work Channel senior editor and Christian History magazine senior editor Chris Armstrong. Enjoy! We’ve done a rapid survey of the New Testament, the early church, and the medieval church on [Read More…]

God’s beer mogul

We’re returning to our occasional series of posts on work and vocation (linked at the bottom of this post) in Christian history by Faith and Work Channel senior editor and Christian History magazine senior editor Chris Armstrong. Enjoy! In the early days of Methodism as now, not every capitalist operated out of corrupt motives of [Read More…]

How and why Methodists moved the market economy forward

We’re returning to our occasional series of posts on work and vocation (linked at the bottom of this post) in Christian history by Faith and Work Channel senior editor and Christian History magazine senior editor Chris Armstrong. Enjoy! It is well known that early Methodism flourished most among the new working and middle classes – [Read More…]

Calvinists, Puritans, and the Wesleyan response to the new industrial reality

We’re returning to our occasional series of posts on work and vocation (linked at the bottom of this post) in Christian history by Faith and Work Channel senior editor and Christian History magazine senior editor Chris Armstrong. Enjoy! The Reformed tradition Calvin elaborated on the Lutheran doctrine of vocation, freeing people to pursue the vocations [Read More…]

Luther on ordinary work and vocation

We’re returning to our occasional series of posts on work and vocation (linked at the bottom of this post) in Christian history by Faith and Work Channel senior editor and Christian History magazine senior editor Chris Armstrong. Enjoy! For the Reformers, as for the early church, the primary meaning of the term “calling” remained the [Read More…]

The contemplative contribution

We’re returning to our occasional series of posts on work and vocation (linked at the bottom of this post) in Christian history by Faith and Work Channel senior editor and Christian History magazine senior editor Chris Armstrong. Enjoy! The contemplative vs. the active life A key moment in Christian thought about economic work came in [Read More…]