Category: Theological Discussions

Myths & Truths: Seeking God’s Will

By Lisa Slayton; part four of a series. Reprinted from The Wholeness Journey. Last week we examined Myth #2: that a life of comfort and ease will somehow magically occur once we’ve “figured out our calling.” Tied very closely to this is our broken and reductionistic understanding of “God’s will.” Myth #3: God’s will for me is a job, or house, or…

Spiritual Disciplines & Working, Conclusion

Part three of a series. Reprinted from Ethos. In this series we are looking at six categories of spiritual formation while working. This concluding post looks at the final three categories in detail: Incarnational Working, Spirit-Empowered Working and Social Justice Working. Incarnational Working Just as Jesus, who is God, humbled himself to be born and live as a human to enable us…

Finding God’s Purpose: Review of An Uncommon Guide to Retirement by Jeff Haanen

Earlier this summer, I joined the launch team for Jeff Haanen’s An Uncommon Guide to Retirement with the goal of getting a review out to you all on this blog as part of the book’s launch. Unfortunately I then broke my nose, which is not a recommended productivity technique – so now I am late to the party. Sorry, Jeff! If you…

Interest on Loans in the Old Testament, Conclusion

By Klaus Issler; part four of a series. Reprinted from the Oikonomia Network. Three main passages in the Torah address the topic of lending and interest: Exodus 22:25: If you lend money to any of my people with you who is poor…you shall not exact interest from him. Leviticus 25:35 and 37: If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with…

Myths & Truths: Clarity and Comfort

By Lisa Slayton; part three of a series. Reprinted from The Wholeness Journey. MYTH #2: CLARITY OF CALLING BRINGS EASE AND COMFORT This series was first presented as a talk to college seniors and young 20-somethings. If the #1 Myth is ‘Pursue your Passion’ and ‘Make an Impact’, then Myth # 2 will unpack further why this is problematic  and the implications…

Whom Do You Put on the Throne?

By Sarah Heynemann, reprinted from the Salt & Light Australia Daily Devotional. Photo by Sarah Heynemann, taken in Chora Church, Istanbul. “Whom do you position on the throne of Heaven?” Some things in life are truly unpredictable and beyond our control. As a doctor I have a responsibility to inform my patients regarding the desired benefits of a proposed treatment strategy,…