September 25, 2015

Business, education, law, service industries, medicine, government – wherever you work, in whatever capacity, the Scriptures have something to say about it. The Theology of Work Bible Commentary is an in-depth Bible study tool put together by a group of biblical scholars, pastors, and workplace Christians to help you discover what the Bible says about work. Four volumes are now in print. Theology of Work Bible Commentary:Volume 1: Genesis through Deuteronomy Theology of Work Bible Commentary:Volume 2: Joshua through Song of... Read more

September 23, 2015

This is 9th in a series on a biblical perspective on wealth. We shared the following material about wealth in the beginning of the year, but we’re reposting it for this series.  We are to Use Our Wealth for the Aid of Those in Poverty Developing right attitudes to provision and wealth and making changes in our personal lives are a starting point for partnering with God to redeem the economic sphere of life. However, there is also a strong and consistent mandate... Read more

September 15, 2015

This is Part 6 in a series about a biblical approach to wealth. God’s original intention was for humanity to enjoy his provision and wealth has been disrupted (read more: How to Be a Rich Christian: Part 1: Understanding Creation & The Fall). God’s response to the lack of provision and wealth in the world is to redeem the economic sphere so that it again provides what everyone needs. The Apostle Paul reminds us in Colossians that In him all the... Read more

September 11, 2015

Part 4: The Temptations of Wealth Not all accumulation of wealth is a result of injustice. However, even when wealth is gained through legitimate means, it still has the potential to do great harm. There are many passages of Scripture that alert the reader to the truth that wealth is dangerous. Riches can cause all kinds of negative side effects: 1. Wealth can lead to pride and arrogance. Proverbs 28:11 notes, “The rich is wise in self-esteem, but an intelligent poor... Read more

September 8, 2015

Part 3: What Not To Do: Wealth Gained by Unjust Means Compared to the billions of people who struggle to scratch out a daily existence, those in the world who have enough to satisfy their needs and more may seem blessed. And they are, economically speaking, at least. However, having plenty can come at the cost of great harm to the individual, family, community or nation that has it and also to those who may suffer as a consequence. There... Read more

September 5, 2015

Part 2: Understanding Poverty About 1.4 billion of the world’s population live in extreme poverty, meaning they lack the basic necessities of life. A further 1.1 billion live at subsistence level, on a kind of “hand-to-mouth” existence that is only one crisis away from disaster.[1] Economic poverty affects nearly 40 percent of humanity. Given what we have seen in Genesis 1 and 2, this is clearly not how God intended things to be. So why is this the daily reality of so... Read more

September 3, 2015

Part 1: Understanding Creation & the Fall Whatever situation we find ourselves in economically, questions and concerns about God’s intent and role in provision and wealth weigh heavily on almost every Christian’s mind. Such matters are to the fore in the lives of rich and poor; employer, employee and job seeker; student, parent and retiree; homeowner, tenant and homeless person. Fortunately, this concern for the economic is matched by the priority it is given in Scripture. Indeed, provision and wealth... Read more

August 28, 2015

“When I hear somebody say ‘I’m going into full time ministry’…I want to throw up…because it communicates…that there’s a part-time option, and there isn’t.” – R. Paul Stevens If you’re a Christian, you maybe be familiar with the notion that some work is holy (such as being a missionary or a pastor), while other work (being a doctor, businessperson or carpenter, for example) is less so. This faulty understanding of work leaves God out of the big picture of our everyday... Read more

August 25, 2015

No matter what your profession or occupation – whether you’re a parent, a bus driver, an artist or an engineer – God cares about your work. After more than 5 years working with the Theology of Work Project, business executive Andy Mills developed the following perspective on what the Bible says about work. These 9 points provide a practical foundation for Christians asking what the Bible says about how we should approach our work. God created all things, and even though... Read more

August 22, 2015

I was a little dubious a few weeks ago when a friend suggested we go on a silent retreat.  If we were going away together, I thought our time could be better spent by going on a hike or having a long conversation or prayer time–together. I wanted to connect with God at a deeper level, but I didn’t think silence was the answer. I could be silent at home, I thought. Still, I acquiesced because my friend is a pastor, wife and mother... Read more

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