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Faith and Work Resources
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Esto es vida by Paul Veller
Esto es vida
Book Description: 

"Esto as vida: Decisiones que funcionan para gente que trabaja" is the spanish version of  "Get a life: Winning Choices for Working People" by Paul Veller.  It is published and sold by Andamio for 17,00 €

¿Agotado? ¿Agobiado? ¿Angustiado?

¿Problemas para conjugar tiempo y ocupaciones? Paul Valler sabe bien de qué se trata. Tomando como base su propia experiencia, va a la raíz de los problemas, mostrándonos el modo de recuperar el control perdido gracias a decisiones puntuales que marcan la diferencia. Con capítulos ricos en contenido y muy manejables en su extensión, el autor consigue que hasta la persona más adicta al trabajo se haga eco de sus consejos y pase a darse vida.

Vivimos vidas ajetreadas, con múltiples demandas, exigencias y obligaciones. Ante un panorama así, debemos ser reflexivos y estratégicos en el uso de nuestro tiempo para poder asumir todas las responsabilidades profesionales y vitales de una forma sosegada, tranquila y con sentido.

¿Cómo realizarse en un mundo de ritmo vertiginoso, con mayores exigencias laborales y una variedad de opciones de vida en aumento?

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Por fin es lunes by Mark Greene
Por fin es lunes
Book Description: 

Por fin es lunes. Ministerio en el lugar de trabajo is a Spanish version of "Thank God it's Monday. Ministry in the Workplace" by Mark Greene. This book is published and sold by Andamio for 16,00 €

¿Estamos intentando entablar relaciones con los vecinos desconocidos cuando nuestro prójimo es el que se sienta en la mesa de al lado?

Este libro eminentemente práctico nos descubre cómo afrontar nuestro tiempo en el trabajo, ayudándonos a ver nuestra profesión, a nuestros compañeros y a nuestros jefes como Dios lo haría. Además, incluye un capítulo dedicado a integrar vida y trabajo, entendiendo como tanto nuestra vida laboral, como nuestra vida de fin de semana puede ser vivida fructíferamente para Dios.

"Si el mensaje del evangelio irrumpe en nuestra semana laboral como Mark Greene propone, que no nos sorprendan las conversaciones ni los cambios que provoque a nuestro alrededor. Una reflexión atrevida y desafiante acerca de la teología del trabajo y la vocación, sembrada de historias reales, que va a cambiar la jornada laboral de muchos lectores".

Jorge Saguar, Director General para Iberia Cardinal Health International

Spanish
Creation and Redemption Resources
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Luna Juice Bar: Fueling Recovery, Impacting Community by Rodolpho Carrasco
This is an article by Rudy Carrasco in PartnersWorldwide.org's blog
"The woman behind Luna Juice Bar embodies her unique name – Summer Shine – but that wasn’t always the case.

A few years ago, Shine was homeless in New Orleans with a husband about to leave her, a son who wouldn’t take her calls, and a mother who was planning her funeral..."

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Spirituality and Work Resources
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Treatise on Callings by William Perkins
Summary

William Perkins – Treatise on Callings: A Puritan Approach to the Doctrine of Vocation

Its value:

  1. It is Biblical.
  2. It is vocational counseling - concerned with how people are to live and make choices concerning their vocation.
  3. It is practical – concerned with the realities of life in this world as Christians – it is the context of everyday life and work that our true spirituality is expressed.
  4. It is lay-oriented – he makes no distinction between the experience of the ordinary Christian of the “call of God” and the person who serves as a minister of the Gospel.
  5. It is heart-directed – concerned to evoke a deep personal spirituality that results in Christian character (so he deals with such things as covetousness, envy and impatience).

(All references to pages in The Works of That Famous Minister of Christ in the University of Cambridge by William Perkins (London: John Legatt, 1626).

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Toward a Theology of Profit by Don Flow
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TOWARD A THEOLOGY OF PROFIT by Don Flow

Profit, as defined by the accounting profession, is the excess of total revenues over total costs. Economists define “pure profit” as the amount of money remaining after making all payments for productive services and raw materials after the going rate of payments for the capital invested has been deducted. Profit is the estimated claim on wealth that can be used as capital for new efforts to create wealth. A Christian perspective on profit requires a correct understanding of what profit actually is, how it is created, who has a just claim on it, and what role it plays in a business, all in the context of a biblical understanding of human nature, stewardship, justice, and community.

Understanding Profit

Profit in an organization must be understood in the context of the productivity of capital. In the long term, the return on invested capital must exceed the cost of capital to the organization. If the firm fails to do so, it is technically a destroyer of all kinds of wealth in society -- finances, intellect, and humanity.

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Business as a Calling and Profession Part B by Gordon Preece
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Having surveyed the relatively positive biblical view of material work and clarified the difference between status wealth then and now and productive wealth, it is important to examine some of the Greek philosophical and historical factors disparaging work and business, against which Protestant notions of vocation subsequently reacted.

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Business as a Calling and Profession Part A by Gordon Preece
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Note: adapted from the above title in Samuel Gregg and Gordon Preece, Christianity and Entrepreneurship; Protestant and Catholic Thoughts.  (St. Leonards NSW: Centre for Independent Studies, 1999) printed here with permission. 

All Bible references are NRSV unless noted.

Introduction

            A retired Protestant businessman told me recently how he had once spoken about business at an Anglican church only to be told by two young men that a Christian could not possibly be engaged in such a sordid activity. They would not be alone. A large number of Protestant Christians today would be uneasy with the claim that business can be an avenue of one's Christian calling. Given the bad press that many transnational business corporations get, and some deserve, this feeling is understandable. Yet, I will argue, it is ultimately misguided, representing an amnesia about one of Protestantism's great distinctives, the doctrine of the universal calling or vocation of all believers, in whatever biblically lawful places of service these believers find themselves.

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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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Boredom by R. Paul Stevens
Boredom is part of The Complete Book of Everyday Christianity
"Charlie Chaplin’s film Modern Times expounds the dilemma of boredom in the workplace: routine, meaningless, repetitious, mindless work that results in fatigue. Such boredom at work has not been alleviated by increased technology or by the introduction of the information society—a cultural shift that may have escalated the problem by overloading people with information. Not even a challenging career can guarantee freedom from boredom. Executives reach the top and, with nowhere else to go, ask, “What is it all for?” Culturally North America is “bored to death,” “bored stiff,” “bored to tears,” “bored silly” and even “bored out of one’s skull.” Surveys indicate that up to half of North Americans are either temporarily or permanently bored (Klapp, p. 20), a trend that is all the more disturbing for a society that is saturated with fun industries. Perhaps that is part of the problem. Being “amused to death,” to quote Neil Postman’s penetrating analysis, does not seem to offer anything more than a cultural placebo. Klapp (p. 30) suggests the analogy of aspirin: frequent usage means not the absence but the presence of extreme pain. “Bored? How could you be bored when there is so much to do?” the exasperated father shouts at his teenagers. And for the Christian hardly any more damning comment can be made at the conclusion of a worship service than “It was boring.”"...
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The Soul of Entrepreneurship by R. Paul Stevens
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The Soul of Entrepreneurship

 FROM MAX WEBER TO THE NEW BUSINESS SPIRITUALITY

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[There can be] no capitalist development without an entrepreneurial class; no entrepreneurial class without a moral charter; no moral charter without religious premises.[1]

            In the classic film “Wall Street” Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) typifies the entrepreneur for many.  “The lesson in business,” he tells Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen), is “don't get emotional about stock, it clouds the judgment.”  Gekko is constantly in a telephone conversation, using language such as “block anybody else’s merger efforts,” “Christmas is over, business is business,” and “I want every orifice in his body flowing red.”  In a famous scene, Gekko redefines greed: “Greed is good, greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures that essence of the evolutionary spirit.”  It is interesting that Gekko uses the word “spirit” in a film that exemplifies the secular humanism that has been the dominant cultural environment of business in the Western world for several decades.  But there is a change in Western culture that makes the question of a moral charter for entrepreneurship and even the search for a religious/spiritual foundation apt if not urgent.

 


[1] Gianfranco Poggi, Calvinism and the Capitalist Spirit: Max Weber's Protestant Ethic (London: Macmillan, 1983), 83.

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