Author: Greg Forster

Babble On

Part one of a series. The story of Babel reveals many of the patterns of work in the fallen world. It reveals them in the Babel account of Genesis 11, which is what you probably thought of when I first mentioned “the story of Babel.” But the story of Babel is much bigger than that, for “Babel” is also “Babylon,”…

How Big a Gospel?

Eschatology isn’t the only theological issue the faith and work movement struggles with, although it is probably the thorniest one. Another issue has been soteriology. How big is the gospel? But I think increased theological awareness in the church has removed a lot of what used to be real obstacles here. And the tensions that remain are, I think, actually tensions…

Let’s Keep Bickering: Assembled and Accommodating

Part four of a series. Eschatological continuity emphasizes joining with others to serve the common good of the community, going beyond the walls of the church to form civic community with those who believe differently in the service of common causes. Eschatological discontinuity emphasizes accepting differences and compromises, coping with the world’s rejection of the church’s message and the church’s work…

Let’s Keep Bickering: Polemical and Patient

Part three of a series. Eschatological continuity emphasizes fighting for justice, bearing prophetic witness against the darkness of the world, and exercising kingly and queenly authority in rooting it out from our own domains of responsibility. Eschatological discontinuity emphasizes moderating our ambitions to see justice and mercy vindicated, and waiting patiently for the Lord’s judgment upon the overwhelming majority of evil that we are…

Let’s Keep Bickering: Called and Comforted

Part two of a series. Eschatological continuity emphasizes excellence in our work, setting the standard for which we strive. Eschatological discontinuity emphasizes comfort and hope when our work is painful and frustrating. In C.S. Lewis’ allegorical novel The Pilgrim’s Regress, Mr. Savage sneers at the inhabitants of Claptrap (who represent respectable, bourgeois Enlightenment society) because they spend their whole lives working and building, even…

Vocational Sacraments: Ends of Grace

Part six of a series. On my list of four things we can learn from the sacraments about vocation, the fourth is: My daily work participates in the ongoing drama of the world’s redemption. In the very delicate theological tap dance that constituted my last post, the key problem was relating creation and redemption. Sacraments, I proposed, are the legacy…