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Muhutasari wa Utendaji wa Theologia ya Kazi by R. Paul Stevens & Samuel Maduma

[translated by Samuel Maduma]

Document Description: 

MUHUTASARI WA UTENDAJI WA THEOLOGIA YA KAZI is the Swahili version of Theology of Work - Executive Summary by Dr. Paul Stevens, translated by Rev. Samuel Maduma

MUHUTASARI WA MAFUNDISHO YA THEOLOGIA YA KAZI

Miongoni mwa changamoto zinazotukabili katika kuwaweka pamoja na kuwahudumia watu katika maeneo yao ya kazi ni upungufu wa uelewa wa mafundisho ya Theologia ya kazi. Upungufu huu wa mafundisho kwa ujumla wake unasababishwa na uelewa mdogo wa theologia ya uumbaji, ukombozi na theologia ya mambo ya mwisho (eskatolojia)

Mungu mfanyakazi

Mungu siyo tu mwanzilishi wa kazi bali yeye alikuwa mfanyakazi (Mw 1, 2; Yoh 5:17, Uf 21:5. Tunaposoma Biblia kuanzia mwanzo hadi ufunuo tunamuona Mungu katika taswira tofautitofauti zinazomuonyesha kama mfanyakazi katika nyanja mbalimbali: Mungu anaonekana kama mchungaji (Zab 23), mfinyanzi (Yer 18:6) Daktari (Math 8:16), Mwalimu (Zab 143:10), Mkulima (Isa 5:1-7) na kadhalika. Mungu anaendelea kufanya kazi hata sasa; anaumba, anatunza, anaokoa na kuendeleza uumbaji wake kama vile alivyofanya takribani miaka bilioni tano ya nuru iliyopita tangu ulimwengu ulipoanza.

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Job-Shadowing Daniel: Walking the Talk at Work by Larry Peabody
Job Shadowing Daniel by Dr Larry Peabody
Book Description: 

Job-Shadowing Daniel,  is available from Amazon.com for $14.91 in paperback and $9.99 on Kindle or purchase 10 or more for $8.48/book from The publisher, Outskirts Press

Although Daniel lived more than 2,500 years ago, his work caused him to confront many of the same "lions" that intimidate contemporary Christians in the work world. He served God while on a non-religious payroll. The co-workers surrounding him included more unbelievers than believers. He worked in "Babylon," a term that speaks of ambition, confusion, and self-centeredness. And his faith sometimes made him the target of strong opposition. 

A major difference from us today also qualifies Daniel as an excellent mentor. He lived and worked long before the centuries of church traditions that have conditioned us to think of work as either "sacred" or "secular." Daniel did not see himself as "just a layperson." He did not dream of quitting his job to go into "full-time service" for God. 
By looking to Daniel as a workplace mentor, you can see that God calls people not only into church-related work but also into non-religious occupations. His experience will show you what "ministry" looks like in the context of the work world. Daniel's decisions display how to live by kingdom-of-God vision in the workplace. He demonstrates how knowing your identity produces stability under the pressures of the work world. And from Daniel, you can learn many secrets for staying spiritually strong in adverse conditions over the long haul.
Job-Shadowing Daniel: Walking the Talk at Work is a Scripture-based book. Modern examples from the workplace bridge the distance between today and Daniel's experiences in ancient Babylon. 
The book naturally works as a study guide for use individually, by small groups, or in adult Christian education classes. Life-application questions conclude each chapter. 

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Vision for TOW in East Africa by Jack Mboya*
Document Description: 

This is the late Rev. Jack Mboya's vision for TOW in East Africa

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Appealing Nepal by Fletcher Tink
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Theology of Work – Executive Summary by R. Paul Stevens
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Executive Summary

Most of the difficulties we face in mobilising the people of God towards marketplace ministry are due to an inadequate understanding regarding the theology of work. This shortcoming basically arises out of a less-than-comprehensive theology of creation, redemption and eschatology.

God the Worker

God not only authored work but he himself was a worker (Gen 1, 2; Jn 5:17; Rev 21:5). Throughout the Bible, we see different images of God as a worker namely, shepherd (Psa 23), potter (Jer 18:6), physician (Matt 8: 16), teacher (Psa 143:10), vineyard-dresser (Isa 5:1-7) etc. God is as active and creative today – creating, sustaining, redeeming and consummating – as God was when this five billion light year universe was begun.

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The Promise of Technology versus God`s Promise in Job by David Strong
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The Promise of Technology versus God's Promise in Job

David Strong

“In our age, nearly everything we confront on a daily basis is either already under control or it is viewed as something to bring under control and to be made use of. In direct opposition to this way of seeing, interpreting, and taking up with things are the creation stories of the Bible and the vision of wild creation in Job. Wild things in these passages do not need to be rearranged, 'developed,' or made use of before they reach the fullness of their being. Wild things in these passages are already as good as they can be, on their own. Recognizing them in their own right, pausing and lingering unselfconsciously before them, makes one receptive to afresh and refreshing vision of our existence. “

It is easy to blame the way we dominate nature in our age on our Greek and Judaeo-Christian roots. Yet no one in these earlier traditions would have predicted that we would interpret the texts of these traditions the way we do, since there are so many other possible interpretations of them. For instance, none of the Hebrews would have guessed that the “message” of the creation story in Genesis 1 would have been heard by the movers and stompers of our age as: “In the beginning God formed a big ball of raw material. On the sixth day He put humans on the Earth and said, 'I didn't quite finish the job. Have at it! I hate to see it go to waste. Build! Reshape it. Develop it into something.' “ Why, then, do we read this kind of interpretation back into the tradition? ...

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Providential Work: Esther by R. Paul Stevens

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Providential Work: Esther
“I have had five jobs already and am still searching for satisfying work.”
A North American Business Person

At some time or other every one of us feels that we are in the wrong place, at the wrong time doing the wrong thing. Maybe even married to the wrong person! If, we think, we were somewhere else, doing something else we could be useful and deeply satisfied. But the reality is that God has a providential purpose in our lives right where we are. And the Creator has been involved, secretly it often seems, in all the details of our everyday experiences as well as our life-long work trajectory. The early desert fathers and mothers, those spiritual athletes who took to the desert to find God, often told one another, “Stay in your cell. It will teach you everything.” Translated into contemporary English this means:”Don’t go promiscuously from job to job looking for the perfect fit. There is a life-giving divine purpose in your life right where you are.

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Hope: Making Our Mark on Heaven by R. Paul Stevens

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HOPE: MAKING OUR MARK ON HEAVEN

 

"How can Christianity call itself catholic if the universe itself is left out?"
Simone Weilxxiii
 
"I cannot think of a greater tragedy than to think that I am at home on earth...."
Malcolm Muggeridgexxiv
 
"Only the heavenly-minded are of any earthly use."
C.S. Lewisxxv

Years ago Leslie Newbigin said that "mankind is without any worthwhile end to which the travail of history might lead."xxvi A few believe we are heading into a new world order and paradise on earth but most people nurse a deep foreboding about the future, or refuse to think about it more than they must. The seeming resultlessness of history erodes the nerve of modern persons including, I must add, Christians who have more reason to embrace the future wholeheartedly than anyone. Whether world-weariness and future fright comes from the terrifying prospect of ecological doomsday, or, as is often the case with Christians like the Thessalonians, from the conviction that Jesus will probably come tomorrow, the result is the same for Christians: all work in this world except the so-called "ministry" is viewed as not very significant or enduring.

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Love: Recovering the Amateur Status of the Christian by R. Paul Stevens

[Provided by] From Chapter two, Disciplines of the Hungry Heart (Harold Shaw, 1993)

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LOVE: RECOVERING THE AMATEUR STATUS OF THE CHRISTIAN

"To discover God in the smallest and most ordinary things, as well as in the greatest, is to possess a rare and sublime faith. To find contentment in the present moment is to relish and adore the divine will in the succession of all the things to be done and suffered which make up the duty to the present moment."

Jean-Pierre De Caussaude

"What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God."

Martin Luther

"Does God work?" Willie MacMichael asks his father in George Macdonald's book for children.

His father answered biblically:

"Yes, Willie, it seems to me that God works more than anybody - for He works all night and all day and, if I remember rightly, Jesus tells us somewhere that He works all Sunday too. If He were to stop working, everything would stop being. The sun would stop shining, and the moon and stars; the corn would stop growing; there would be no apples and gooseberries; your eyes would stop seeing; your ears would stop hearing; your fingers couldn't move an inch; and, worst of all your little heart would stop loving."

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On Being Kingdom People: Regents of Our God and King by R. Paul Stevens

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REGENTS OF OUR GOD AND KING
"Today we cannot claim to know the end and goal of history. Therefore the question of meaning in history has become meaningless."
Rudolf Bultmanni
 
"Now the situation of the Christian in the world is a revolutionary situation. His share in the preservation of the world is to be an inexhaustible revolutionary force in the midst of the world."
Jacques Ellulii

Now we must turn to the intriguing and usually neglected first-half of the phrase "royal priesthood." The kingdom of God is the master thought of Jesus (used over one hundred times in the Gospels in comparison with only three references to the church). The kingdom ministry of all believers expresses the exteriority of every member ministry--how the people of God express the redeeming and life-giving will and influence of God not just in the church but in the whole of creation.

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