Author: Kara Martin

Kara Martin is Project Leader with Seed, lecturer with Mary Andrews College, author of Workship: how to use your work to worship God. She was formerly Associate Dean of the Marketplace Institute at Ridley College in Melbourne. Kara has worked in media and communications, human resources, business analysis and policy development roles, in a variety of organisations, and as a consultant. She was Director of the School of Christian Studies for three years and has lectured with the Brisbane School of Theology, Macquarie Christian Studies Institute and Wesley Institute. Kara has a particular passion for integrating our Christian faith and work, as well as helping churches connect with the workers in their congregations.

God Is Shaping Us through Our Work

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. In 2010, Eugene Peterson declared, “I am prepared to contend that the primary location for spiritual formation is the workplace” (Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, p. 127). Let’s think about that for a moment. Surely not: it’s in church on Sunday, or at a spiritual retreat? However, Peterson was not just a…

“Just a Mum”

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. When I was a Mum with small children, I continued to do work projects. However, I struggled when people asked me “What do you do?” I tended to respond: “I’m just a Mum.” Two things to say about my response: “I’m just a…” That’s a value statement. It represents the fact that I valued…

Jesus’ Work and Our Work

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional.  A couple of weeks ago, I talked about Jesus’ work as a carpenter and builder, which is not often remarked upon even though it took up 60% of his life. It is not remarked on because there is not much written about it in the Gospel accounts. However, what IS written about,…

Jesus’ Work

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional.  Lately I have been doing some work in the Gospel of Luke. I’ve been looking at Jesus’ work, and how it relates to our working. For most of my life the only connection I heard between Jesus and work was that he was a builder, and then, at age 30, he started…

Seeing Work as Worship

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional.  I have been thinking lately how important it is to reframe our work as an act of worship. I think it helps transform the profane to profound, the secular to sacred, the ordinary to extraordinary, and the natural to supernatural. I see Christians feeling defeated in the workplace, from a faith perspective, because…

Christian Responses to a Post-COVID Workplace

Reprinted from Workship. Recently I was asked to speak to a theological college about some of the changes happening in the wider world of work and how they might impact on Christian organisations, including churches, as well as the experience of workplace Christians in our congregations. The changes have been and continue to be massive. Employees don’t want to go…

Boundaries at Work, Conclusion

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. Part two of two; read part one here. In my Bible study group, we are working through the book Boundaries by Cloud & Townsend. The authors explain that boundaries are biblical limits that we are created with, and many issues that we suffer from are a result of us not establishing boundaries, or other people’s…

Boundaries at Work

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. Part one of two; read part two here. In my Bible study group, we are working through the book Boundaries by Cloud & Townsend. The authors explain that boundaries are biblical limits that we are created with, and many issues that we suffer from are a result of us not establishing boundaries, or other…

Being Integral, Having Integrity

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to live wholeheartedly for God, particularly considering the Hebrew word tamim. Integrity points to the core of what it means to be integral, to be whole-hearted. It is being honest and truthful in word and action and thought. It refers to consistency in…

Work Is Worship, but Don’t Worship Work

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. In the current uncertain climate, some of our ideas about work are being challenged, as the place of work for some gets relocated temporarily to home. It is a good opportunity to reconsider the place of work in our lives. Derek Thompson, writing in The Atlantic, has warned that work has become a…