Ecclesiastes: Toil, Pain, Joy and Glory

By Tim Yearsley, reprinted from the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. What do people get for all the toil and anxious striving with which they labour under the sun? All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless. A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink…

Entrepreneurship for Flourishing

Reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. The vision of the Economic Wisdom Project is summarized in twelve “elements” that provide starting points for thoughtful, biblically informed understanding of contemporary opportunities and challenges. For a handy guide to the twelve elements, download this one-page summary, taken from our EWP vision paper “A Christian Vision for Flourishing Communities”: Below is an excerpt from the paper “Twelve Elements of Economic…

The Five Causes of Poverty: Individual Brokenness

Reprinted from the Chalmers Center. Part three of a series. Adapted from A Field Guide to Becoming Whole, p. 125-134. We’ve been exploring the five causes of poverty in this series of posts, and it’s important to remember that any one of us can be impacted by all five causes – false stories, destructive practices, individual brokenness, systemic brokenness and demonic forces. These factors are…

Exhaustion is Not Your Fate

This post is reprinted with permission from Burnout Culture. Please visit and subscribe!A conversation with one of my favorite thinkers: cultural historian & exhaustion coach Anna SchaffnerWhen I was doing research for The End of Burnout, I knew I needed to read Exhaustion: A History by Anna Katharina Schaffner to understand better burnout’s prehistory. The book turned out to be so much more than…

The Big Quit: The Paradigm Shift

By Lisa Slayton, reprinted from The Tamim Journey. This is the seventh in a series.  “Work is the inside made into the outside…With the right work, the relationship to that work and the mystery of what is continually being revealed to us through our endeavors, we find a home in the world that eventually does not need debilitating stress, does not need…

Vocation: God’s Relentless Invitation

By Demi Prentiss, reprinted from Living God’s Mission. “We are all one in mission; we are all one in call….” Rusty Edwards’ lyrics remind us that, at bottom, all vocations are essentially the same – to be Christ’s ambassadors in, to, and for the world. For many, discerning how to enact that call in their own life can become a challenging,…

Hurt People Hurt People; Christians Must Break the Cycle

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine…

Review: Aging Matters

By David Gill, reprinted from The 313. R. Paul Stevens is professor emeritus of marketplace theology and leadership at Regent College, Vancouver BC, and a marketplace ministry mentor. He has worked as a carpenter and businessman, and served as the pastor of an inner-city church in Montreal. He has written many books, including Doing God’s Business, Work Matters and The Other Six Days. He is coauthor of The Marketplace…

Is Calling for Individuals or Communities? Yes!

By David Williamson. Going through old files, I came across an unpublished paper by Darrel Guder, at one time the Henry Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. The title of the paper is “The Christian’s Callings in the World: Pastoral Formation and Missional Vocation.” I was already working through an almost new and certainly energizing…

Rest Assured

By Nikki Benson, reprinted from the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden…