Do All People (Even Shut-Ins) Have a Calling to Work?

By Kevin Kinghorn I’ve heard that phrase thrown around a lot: that “all people have a divine calling to work.”  And I’ve even written about the ministry work that all Christians must be doing, if the Church is to fulfill its mission as Christ’s body in the world. But is this really true in every [Read More…]

The Christian Call to Work Yourself Out of a Job

Yup. Works for parenting, too, by the way. Read more at the Faith and Work Collective: Those familiar with the New Testament can quickly recognize that Jesus’s model of leadership was to disciple the people around him, so that they could carry on his work after he was gone. He taught them, gave them over-the-shoulder [Read More…]

Sermon Series: Ministry in the Marketplace

More good stuff from the Faith and Work Collective this week: ideas from United Methodist pastor Chris Howlett for a sermon series on Biblical perspectives about everyday work. Especially helpful for preachers like me who are having trouble thinking about how to speak about this to parishioners. (Even though I work for a faith and [Read More…]

Dear people in suits: On what it felt like to sit in the middle of a conference center and talk about Jesus

Dear people in suits, if you only knew what we had in this room. [Read more…]

Households and economic injustice in the Old Testament

By Keith Reeves In the first part of this article we looked at how the family is foundational to property systems and economic flourishing in the Old Testament. The household was simultaneously a familial unit and an economic unit, and the connection between the two was of essential importance. In this second part, we will look [Read More…]

Family, land, and households in the Old Testament

By Keith Reeves The connection between the family and ownership of land – economic production – is central to the Bible’s picture of social order. The household of biblical times was both a familial and economic unit. Today we tend to think of familial and economic relationships separately, which has profound implications for our society. [Read More…]