Category: Theological Discussions

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, From the Beginning: Part 2

By David Williamson, part two of a series. As Genesis 1 proceeds, God continues to form the earth-substance out of nothing, and we see new and expanding products and possibilities. God takes on additional work – new, specific forms of work. God continue to create – indeed, to innovate – and various forms of material, such as vegetation, come into…

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…

Work, From the Beginning

By David Williamson, part one of a series. From the beginning, at the dawn of history, men and women are called first into a relationship with God. Then, secondly, they are called to participate with God in exercising “dominion” – managing, shaping, designing and developing the world that God has created and entrusted to humans. The creator God is an…

Gleaning: Leave Some for Others

By David Gill, reprinted from The 313. What would an economic system look like if God designed it? I mean the God who loves everybody on earth. The God who loves the poor as well as the rich, east and south as well as north and west. Would it be all about free enterprise and individual responsibility, relying on the “invisible…

Loving God with Head and Hands . . . and Heart

By David Williamson. Magnificent, skillfully worked, hand-crafted carvings are scattered throughout our home; they are fresh works of art, a personalized adaptation of folk art, from an untrained yet masterful wood carver, my father. I am coming to appreciate and value these pieces more each day. They are mostly owls and eagles, lovingly carved out of basswood. A manager of…

Walk Worthy of Your Vocation

By Demi Prentiss, reprinted from Living God’s Mission. The writer of Ephesians urges us to “walk worthy of the vocation to which you’ve been called.” (Ephesians 4:1) In the midst of daily life, that can be a challenge, especially in our daily work. In a recent blog, Bob Robinson offered six markers that distinguish a “job” from a “vocation.” He thinks…

“Lay People” Are the Church’s First Order of Ministers

By Fletcher Lowe, reprinted from Living God’s Mission. Over two thousand years ago, Paul said it this way: “Equip the saints for ministry.” (Ephesians 4:12) Sixty-six years ago, the Second Assembly of the World Council of Churches, fleshed it out: The real battles of faith today are being fought in factories, shops, offices, and farms, in political parties and government agencies, in countless…

Christlike Character in the “How”

By Michelle Koh, reprinted from her blog; via the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. Recently, I found myself needing some medical care urgently on the weekend. Unfortunately, there were outside my regular doctor’s work hours, so I proceeded to call a service that provided a call out service.  When that doctor arrived, I was shocked. Not simply because he didn’t…

Where Is the Church?

By Fletcher Lowe, reprinted from Living God’s Mission. You may have heard the story of a recent conversation between the Devil and God. Gleefully the devil says, “Well, God, looks like I have beat you this time.  My virus has shut down all your churches just as I planned.”  God replies, “You are correct that the church buildings are closed…