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The rice terraces in Longji, China:  A beautiful work of engineering, and a good example of how human beings must understand the creation and work in partnership with it, and with each other.

Conversation Stations

 

Does the Good Outweigh the Bad? (and instructions)

 

What Can We Do About Evil? (and instructions and conversation tree)

 

What Can We Do About Evil? (brochure version)

 

Whose Justice? (instructions and talk on Christian Restorative Justice)

 

What Story Do You Live In? (and associated message)

 

Race What's the Problem? (and instructions)

 

Race What's the Problem? (brochure version)

 

God, Peace, and Violence (and instructions)

 

Is God a Liberator or an Oppressor?

Work, Purpose, Vocation,

and Restorative Justice

 

Career Discernment:

A Christian Perspective Involving Passions and Desires

A diagram especially for youth, students, and young adults which help us reflect on motivations as coming from the creation, the fall, or the redemption.

  

Career Discernment:

Case Studies for Cultivating a Passion for Social Justice

Case studies and examples for various career fields.

 

 God as the Foundation of Human Rights (Genesis 1 - 11)

A message from Genesis 1 - 11 showing how our ethics and career goals need to be consistent with the declaration that each person is in the image of God.

 

Human Dignity: Does Every Individual Matter?

Science, philosophy, existentialism, other religions, and double-predestination based theologies mean that some human beings do not matter. Only a fully Trinitarian theology with a medical substitutionary atonement can provide an adequate foundation. There are implications here for our human responsibility to one another.

 

Images of God in a Broken World

This is a series of three messages dealing with (1) how we inherit the image of an evil "god" from a broken world; (2) how Jesus is the accurate and perfect image of God despite our broken world, because he healed human nature in himself; and (3) how Jesus renews the image of God in us by his Spirit, to share God's goodness in a broken world

 

The Impact of Jesus (and ppts)

 

Christian Ethics of Organization: 

The Church, Organizations, and Organizational Authority 

Progress, Justice, & Occupational Work:  A Literary Approach to a Problem in Christian Ethics

 

Part One: 

Creation, Fall, and the Experience of Israel

 

Chapter 1: 

Creation, Curse, and Work in Genesis 1 - 3

 

Chapter 2: 

Genesis 1 - 4 as the Origins of Human Civilization

 

Chapter 3: 

Genesis 1 - 11 as God's Foundation for Human Worth and Value

 

Chapter 4: 

Israel's Experience of Blessing - God's Good People on God's Good Land

 

Chapter 5: 

Israel's Experience of the Fall - Cyclical Work Outside the Perfect Garden

 

Chapter 6: 

Israel's Experience of Cain's Disobedience - Work as Importing Paganism into Israel

 

Chapter 7: 

Israel's Experience of Exile - Work as Survival in Pagan Civilization

 

 

Part Two: 

Israel and Jesus

 

Chapter 8: 

The Socio-Economic Vision of Jesus for His Followers

 

Chapter 9: 

Jesus and the Debate over Israel's Wealth, Part 1

 

Chapter 10: 

Jesus and the Debate over Israel's Wealth, Part 2

 

Chapter 11: 

The Primacy of Luke's Literary Engagement with the Old Testament

 

Chapter 12: 

Wealth in the New Testament Documents

 

Chapter 13: 

Jesus' Socio-Political Ethics in the Gentile World - the Acts of the Apostles

 

Chapter 14: 

An Evaluation of the Western Church's Teaching on Social Stability and Financial Security

 

 

Part Three: 

New Creation Ethics in Paul

and the Political Context of Human Work

 

Chapter 15: 

Political Theology in the New Testament and Early Church

 

Chapter 16: 

The New Creation and Our Calling in 1 Corinthians

 

Chapter 17: 

An Evaluation of Political Theology in Medieval Catholicism

 

Chapter 18: 

An Evaluation of Political Theology in the Lutheran and Reformed Traditions

 

Chapter 19: 

An Evaluation of Liberation Theology

 

Chapter 20: 

An Evaluation of the Catholic Social Magisterium

 

 

Part Four: 

Areas of Critical Engagement

 

The Criminal Justice System

 

The Public Education System

 

Food, the Environment, and Public Health

 

Human Trafficking

 

Political Pluralism

Helpful Books and Articles on

Work, Purpose, Vocation,

and Restorative Justice

 

Christopher Alexander, The Timeless Way of Building (Amazon book, 1979) and pdf book, a fascinating work by a prominent non-Christian (Zen Buddhist influenced, in fact) architect about humanity and the built environment, or human ecology. Dr. Timothy Patitsas, Orthodox ethicist at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary in Brookline, MA used this book for his class The Ethics of Beauty. It corresponds to the Platonic paradigm of "forms." See also Eric David Perl, Theophany: The Neoplatonic Philosophy of Dionysius the Areopagite (pdf book, 2007) and some of the comments by Christos Yannaras, Person and Eros (Amazon book, Apr 2008) and pdf book about Western Catholic vs. Eastern Orthodox tendencies in architecture.

 

Theology of Work 

an excellent resource

 

Theology of Work Project, Gleaning (Leviticus 19:9 - 10) 

(Theology of Work Project website)

 

Theology of Work Project, The Sabbath Year and the Year of Jubilee (Leviticus 25) 

(Theology of Work Project website)

 

Theology of Work Project, Wealth Gained Through Unjust Means is Harmful 

(Theology of Work Project website)

 

Theology of Work Project, What the Bible Says About Sustainability 

(Theology of Work Project, Apr 6, 2015)

a reflection on Numbers 35

 

Blueprint for Better Business (website)

 

Faith Driven Business (website)

 

An Anabaptist perspective: video on "Thoughts on Christian Vocation" condensed from John Alexander's book

 

Tim Muehlhoff and Todd Lewis, Authentic Communication

 

Kenman Wong and Scott Rae, Business for the Common Good

 

David Lyle Jeffrey and Gregory Maillet, Christianity and Literature

 

John Coe and Todd Hall, Education for Human Flourishing

 

Francis Beckwith, Politics for Christians

 

John Coe and Todd Hall, Psychology in the Spirit

 

Monica Toft, Daniel Philpott, Timothy Shah, God's Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics

 

Darren Cushman Wood, Blue Collar Jesus: How Christianity Supports Workers' Rights

 

Paul Mills, The Great Financial Crisis: A Biblical Diagnosis

 

Paul Mills and Michael Schluter, After Capitalism: Rethinking Economic Relationships

 

Lynn White, Jr., The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis (paper, 1974)

 

Cass Sunstein, Is the Internet Bad for Democracy? (Boston Review, Jun 1, 2001)

 

The Frailest Thing, Christianity and the History of Technology (Frailest Thing blog, Mar 1, 2012)

 

Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, Race Against the Machine: How the Digital Revolution is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy (Amazon book, Jan 23, 2012)

 

Ming Wang, Prominent Doctor Says Faith and Science Can Work Together (The College Fix, Jul 22, 2013) on how his commitment to fetal personhood led to a new discovery

 

Gordon Govier, Journalists and InterVarsity (IVCF, Aug 2013)

 

Stanley Goff, Renunciation, Sex, and Power (blog May 22, 2013)

 

Stanley Goff, Capitalism and Christianity (blog May 2013)

 

John Carney and Vincent Fernando, French: The Most Productive People in the World (Business Insider)

 

Tom Chatfield, The Truth About Technology's Greatest Myth (BBC News, Jan 10, 2014)

 

Miya Tokumitsu, In the Name of Love: Elites Embrace the “Do What You Love” Mantra But It Devalues Work and Hurts Workers (Slate, Jan 16, 2014)

 

Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies (Amazon book, Jan 20, 2014)

 

Derek Thompson, What Work Will the Robots Take? (The Atlantic, Jan 23, 2014)

 

Gordon Marino, A Life Beyond 'Do What You Love' (NY Times, May 17, 2014)

 

David Cain, Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed (The Real Reason for the 40 Hr Workweek) (Films for Action, Oct 2013)

 

Michael Berube, For Hire: Dedicated Young Man With Down Syndrome: A Father Reflects on His Son's Search for Employment (Aljazeera, May 25, 2014)

 

Religion & Ethics News Weekly, B Corp Business Ethics (WGBH, Oct 31, 2014)

 

Daniel Drezner, The Political Economy of a World Without Work (Washington Post, Jun 24, 2015)

 

Rebecca Onion, Rules of Business Ethics for Early 19th Century Christian Merchants (Slate, Apr 29, 2015)

 

Paul Rosenfield, The Case for the 32 Hour Work Week (The Atlantic, Jun 22, 2015)

 

Derek Thompson, A World Without Work (The Atlantic, Jul/Aug 2015)

 

Nancy French, Chris Pratt Says No to Sex Scenes Due to His Faith (Patheos, Aug 15, 2015)

 

Brigid Schulte, Time in the Bank: A Stanford Plan to Save Doctors from Burnout (Washington Post, Aug 20, 2015)

 

Benjamin L. Corey, John Piper: Women Not Suited For Most Jobs In The World (Patheos, Aug 24, 2015)

 

Peter Bungate, Japan's 105-Hour Work Week (Roads and Kingdoms, Dec 2015)

 

Laura Bliss, How 'Maintainers,' Not 'Innovators,' Make the World Turn (The Atlantic CityLab, Apr 8, 2016)

 

Derek Thompson, The Next Industrial Revolution (The Atlantic, Sep 6, 2016)

 

Ana Swanson, Why Amazing Video Games Could Be Causing a Big Problem for America (Washington Post, Sep 23, 2016) young male unemployment and video game culture

 

Om Malik, Silicon Valley Has an Empathy Vacuum (The New Yorker, Nov 28, 2016)

 

John Lanchester, What the West Can Learn From Japan About the Cultural Value of Work (NY Times Magazine, Dec 13, 2016)

 

John Henning Schumann and Sarah-Anne Henning Schumann, Patients Cared For By Female Doctors Fare Better Than Those Treated By Men (NPR, Dec 19, 2016)

 

Claire Cain Miller, Why Men Don’t Want the Jobs Done Mostly by Women (NY Times, Jan 4, 2017)

 

Chris Weller, Japanese Family Life is Falling Apart - and the Reasons Go Back to World War II (Yahoo News, May 28, 2017)

 

Langdon Winner, The Cult of Innovation: Its Colorful Myths and Rituals (Langdon Winner blog, Jun 12, 2017)