Essential Resources


Examples and Stories | September 26, 2016

Good Work Matters: The Surprising Story of the Oxygen Mask

by Reid Kapple

Reid Kapple, an associate pastor at Christ Community Kansas City, shares an experience he had losing cabin pressure mid-flight — and then discovering the company who manufactured the mask that saved his life. Why this matters: First, this is simply a really good and inspiring story on why work matters. But beyond that, it is a […]


Ebooks | July 1, 2016

The Economic Wisdom Project

From: The Oikonomia Network. Description A vision paper explaining the foundational principles of the Economic Wisdom Project. More specifically, explains the need to go beyond theology of work and connect theology to economics. Stresses four big themes: stewardship and flourishing, value creation, productivity and opportunity, and responsible action. Distills these themes into twelve “elements” of economic wisdom for […]


Sermons | May 23, 2016

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4

Work

by Tim Keller

In 1 Thessalonians 4 we read: “…and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands.” Is this a dreary statement by Paul? Who wants to listen to a sermon on why we should work hard? Don’t we all know this? But in fact, this text is […]


Articles | May 11, 2016

Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good (Washington Times)

by Amy Sherman

What are the hallmarks of human flourishing from a biblical perspective, and how can we deploy our vocational power to advance these values in our lives? In this article, Amy Sherman helpfully summarizes the main thesis of her book, Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good.


Sermons | October 11, 2015

Scripture: Luke 2, 6, 10

Love Thy Neighbor

by Tom Nelson

This is the first in an innovative series of messages at Christ Community that explores the Bible with fresh eyes as we begin to see that to truly “love God and love our neighbor,” we needed that economics class after all.


Messages | April 6, 2013

Work Matters

by Tom Nelson

Description The Christian faith speaks to all of life, connecting our Sunday worship with our Monday work. Yet both pastoral and lay leaders often struggle closing the gap between faith and work. Writer and social commentator Wendell Berry has noted that the quality and significance of our work is largely determined by our understanding of […]


Articles | December 4, 2012

How Faith Affects Our Work

by Tim Keller

Tim Keller gives a great, quick summary of his book in this post from the Redeemer City to City blog: I’ve had some busy people pick up Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work, look at the subtitle, and ask: “OK, so, in a nutshell, how does God’s work connect to our work?” Always a good […]


Articles | October 12, 2012

What’s So Great About the Common Good?

by Andy Crouch

From: Christianity Today I’m not sure when I started hearing more about “the common good” from fellow Christians. But I’m pretty sure Christianity Today had something to do with it. This magazine spent 2005 exploring pastor Tim Keller’s proposal that Christians be “a counterculture for the common good.” Now we’re in the midst of This Is […]


Articles | February 23, 2010

Influencing Culture

by Gabe Lyons

Why we are posting this: This is a fantastic article by Gabe Lyons, founder of Q, on why we need to influence culture and what it looks like to do it. Gabe also tells his story of how he came to see the importance of influencing culture (but in the right way). Here is the start […]


Sermons | October 25, 2009

Scripture: Titus 2

Hope for Your Work

by Tim Keller

Description: Many people think that if you believe in a literal second coming of Christ,then you won’t care about improving this world at all. Yet, the Bible teaches the exact opposite. It is because Christians believe in a coming age without sin and injustice that they eagerly work in this world to bring about glimpses of […]


Articles | August 30, 2007

Vocation: Discerning Your Calling

by Tim Keller

As Christians we are stewards of the resources God gives us for serving the human community. Our vocations are one avenue for doing God’s work in the world. Stewardship is the cultivation of resources for God. The Bible tells us that one of the most important resources God has given us is our gifts, aptitudes, […]


Articles | January 1, 1942

Why Work?

by Dorothy Sayers

Description: This article by Dorothy Sayers, which you can also find in her book Letters to a Diminished Church, is one of the most important essays on work ever written. We have turned it into html from this pdf so that it is easier to access.  I have already, on a previous occasion, spoken at some length […]


Ebooks | August 31, 1605

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 7

A Treatise of the Vocations

by William Perkins

This is one of the most important books on vocation ever written. It is written by the Puritan, William Perkins, and discusses the general calling and particular callings of the Christian, along with the right way to go about our callings and the account we will give to Christ at the end. Download the PDF.