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.

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…

What Legacy Will Your Work Leave Behind?

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. There is an unverified story about the origin of the Nobel Prize, created from the fortune of Alfred Nobel, whose wealth came from the invention and development of dynamite. Nobel never spoke publicly about his motivations, but many believe it was inspired by an earlier case of mistaken identity. In 1888, Nobel’s…

Advice to Your Younger Working Self

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. A few years ago, I was asked by the Gospel Coalition Australia to contribute a reflection on work to their website, and I decided to include a “Letter to Myself as a Young Worker”. To my surprise it was very popular, it seemed to hit a nerve. It occurred to me that…

What Do I Do on “LGBTIQA+ Awareness Day”?

Reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. It was wonderful to be invited into the Reserve Bank of Australia, an august institution which helps to regulate our economy. Its values are integrity, respect, excellence, intelligent inquiry and promoting the public interest.I had just finished talking about how we should remove the sacred-secular divide, live out our faith at…

Why the Pandemic Is Great News for Faith-Work Connection

Reprinted from Workship. There have been a lot of terrible things that have happened in the area that takes up most of our lives, that is work, during this time of coronavirus: Many people have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic; and hardest hit are people with precarious work in hospitality, the arts and tourism Some people…

Reimagining the Kingdom in a Post-Pandemic World, Conclusion

Part two of two; reprinted from Workship. Here are some of my suggestions for what a post-pandemic world could look like, with Christian input. 1.     A renewed appreciation of physical connections While the church has responded heroically in obeying bans on mass gatherings by moving services online, this should not become the new norm. I support Brian Zhand, who warns, “Don’t…

11 Ways a Biblical Understanding of Work Can Help during Corona 2020

Reprinted from Workship. Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having unprecedented impacts on our lives, with apparently worse to come. Setting aside the health effects, our working is being impacted in many ways: the context (working from home where possible), the amount of work (casuals losing shifts, work suspended for months, being made redundant) and the culture of work (from positive to crisis)…