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Rice terraces in Longsheng, 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.  Photo credit: Severin Stalder, Wikipedia, Creative Commons by SA 3.0

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)


Christopher Alexander, Building the Garden (First Things, Feb 2016)


Michael Murphy, Architecture That's Built to Heal (TED Talk, Feb 2016)


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)


Tracy Chou, A Leading Silicon Valley Engineer Explains Why Every Tech Worker Needs a Humanities Education (Quartz, Jun 28, 2017)


Liz Ogbu, What if Gentrification Was About Healing Communities Instead of Displacing Them? (TED Talk, Nov 2017) about architecture, urban renewal, and spatial justice


Charles C. Mann, The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World (Amazon book, Jan 2018)


Natasha Singer, Tech's Ethical Dark Side: Harvard, Stanford and Others Want to Address It (NY Times, Feb 12, 2018)


Dylan Walsh, The Workplace Is Killing People and Nobody Cares (Stanford Business, Mar 15, 2018)


Aaron Tolbert, The Trump Administration Is Waging War On The Poor (Huffington Post, Apr 18, 2018) good cross-cultural comparisons between American views of work and self-determination, and other countries' views of work


Peter Mommsen, The Soul of Medicine (Plough Quarterly Magazine, Jun 2018) we need a vision of how medicine might serve the good of the whole human person: the body’s health, yes, but also the health of that “piece of divinity in us.”


Olga Khazan, 'Find Your Passion' Is Awful Advice (The Atlantic, Jul 12, 2018)