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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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Is There a Biblical Definition of Economic Justice? by Ronald J. Sider
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Is There a Biblical Definition of Economic Justice?

Ronald J. Sider

How do we as Christians discern the nature of economic justice?  Whether or not we realize it, some normative system of values partially determines every economic decision we make.  The Bible provides norms for thinking about economics in two basic ways: the biblical story and a biblical paradigm on economic justice.

THE BIBLICAL STORY

The biblical story is the long history of God’s engagement with our world that stretches from creation through the fall and the history of redemption to the culmination of history when Christ returns.  This biblical story offers decisive insight into the nature of the material world, the dignity and character of persons, and the significance and limitations of the historical process.  For example, since every person is made by God for community, no one will ultimately be satisfied with material abundance alone, or with material abundance kept for oneself.  Since every person is so important that God became flesh to die for her sins and invite her to live forever with the living God, economic life must be ordered in a way that respects this God-given dignity.

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Is Business A Calling by R. Paul Stevens
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IS BUSINESS A CALLING?

DOES SCRIPTURE WARRANT REGARDING ENGAGEMENT IN COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY AS A PARTICULAR CALLING OF GOD?

R. Paul Stevens

“The Christian Church has never found it easy to come to terms with the marketplace.”
Brian Griffiths[i]

INTRODUCTION

This subject is of great interest to me because I grew up in a business home where my father conducted himself in business as a company president as though this was a calling of God. But he never spoke of it that way. In fact he always verbalized that it would have been a better thing for him to have gone into pastoral ministry. The subject is of some importance to Regent since a significant number of people come to Regent from business life but leave it and find their way into pastoral or parachurch ministry. They do this, often, on the basis of what Calvin called “a secret call,” a call within the general call that all Christians have received. A few go the other way. But behind some of this occupational transition is not only the question, Is business my calling? But is business anyone’s calling? This question is certainly important for the church. By and large the church honours the call of the pastor and missionary but does not speak of, or commission to, serve roles which people undertake in civic life or commercial enterprise. My friend William Diehl puts it this way in his earlier book, Christianity and Real Life when he was sales manager for Bethlehem Steel: ...

 


NOTES

[i] Brian Griffiths, The Creation of Wealth (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1984), 9.

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Envy and Leadership Insecurity by Jon Escoto
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Envy and Leadership Insecurity

Jon Escoto

 
Leadership + Insecurity = Corporate Suicide
 
I haven’t had so much Math since I graduated from my Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering.  I’ve always consigned the work of deriving mathematical formulas to the Galileo’s and Pythagoras’s of this world.  Not until today.  I just wrote one above as I reflected on the following drawing...

 

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Drivenness by R. Paul Stevens
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Drivenness is behind one of the most respectable of all addictions—workaholism. But it is also expressed in a wide variety of addictive behaviors not covered in this article: chemical abuse, religious zeal, sexual addiction, perfectionism and fitness, which are all subject to the law of diminishing returns as people try to meet their deepest needs in these ways. The condition of drivenness usually arises from sources deep within the human personality, as well as systemic problems in our society. Drivenness reveals a spiritual dysfunctionality usually associated with a failure to accept the unconditional love of God. Driven people tend to focus all their energies on an activity that feeds their inner dysfunction, and this activity becomes an addiction.

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Day at Work: Love-Recovering the Christian Amateur by R. Paul Stevens
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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[i]
 
"What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God."
Luther[ii]

"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."


[i]. Jean-Pierre De Caussaude, The Sacrament of the Present Moment Kitty Muggeridge, trans.(Glasgow: Collins, l981), 84.

[ii]. Martin Luther, quoted in Roland Bainton, Here I Stand......

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Work by Gordon Preece
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Work, whether in its presence or absence, is a pervasive part of everyday life. One of the first things we want to know about people is what they do. The waking time of most adults is taken up with work, and a person’s passing is often noted in terms of their workplace achievements. Work and worth, industry and identity, are very closely related in contemporary culture. This article deals with work in this modern context. It will examine (1) a wider definition of work, (2) a biblically integrated view of work, (3) the disintegration of work and faith, (4) reintegrating spirituality and work and (5) redirecting Sunday towards Monday.

A Wider Definition of Work

Over the last two centuries work has become equated with a job.

This is a seismic shift in our understanding of ourselves, our world and even our God. It has had earthquake like effects on people’s emotional, family, social and spiritual life. The tremors have been felt hardest by the overworked, the unemployed, housewives, the forcibly retired and the attention-deprived children.

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Day at Work: Hope-Making Our Mark in 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 Weil[i]
"I cannot think of a greater tragedy than to think that I am at home on earth...."
                                        Malcolm Muggeridge[ii]
"Only the heavenly-minded are of any earthly use."
                                        C.S. Lewis[iii]

 

            Years ago Leslie Newbigin said that "mankind is without any worthwhile end to which the travail of history might lead."[iv] 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. 


[i]. Quoted in Matthew Fox, A Spirituality Named Compassion and the Healing of the Global Village, Humpty Dumpty and Us (Minneapolis, Mn.: Winston Press, l979), iv.  Check for original reference - footnote 3 in Fox preface.

[ii]. Malcolm Muggeridge, Jesus Rediscovered....p.

[iii]. C.S. Lewis, .....p.

[iv]. Leslie Newbigin, Honest Religion for Secular Man...p.

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