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.

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…

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…