Essential Resources

Articles | December 20, 2017

Why Work?

by Dorothy Sayers

In this classic reflection on the value of work, Dorothy Sayers challenges readers to think beyond the monetary results of our labors and consider axiological questions like “Is that product good and useful?” and “Is that work valuable?” Ultimately, according to Sayers, work is not a thing one does to live, but rather the thing one lives to do.


Book Reviews and Summaries | December 18, 2017

The Third Table: A Reflection on The Economics of Neighborly Love

by Jim Mullins

Each week I sit at two different kinds of tables. The first table is surrounded by my “faith and work” friends. They have a rich understanding of Genesis 1-2 and the reality that humans were created for fruitful work. Over sips of single origin craft coffee, I listen to them describe how they display God’s […]


Videos | December 11, 2017

You Need Capacity to Love Your Neighbor

Have you ever wanted to help but just not had the money or time or energy to give? Loving our neighbor requires more than just compassion.


Articles | November 28, 2017

How a Church’s Cafe Provides Job Training to At-Risk Students

by Luke Bobo

Many champions for the foster care system worry about at-risk 17-to-24 year olds aging out of their system. Once these young people age out, many end up either homeless or in jail. “Being ill-equipped makes these young people quite vulnerable,” Pastor Artie Lindsay, Teaching Pastor at Tabernacle Community Church, explained to me. They are often […]


Articles | November 15, 2017

Pastor, Visit Their Workplace

by Justin Buzzard

Being a pastor means being about relationships. My first responsibility as a pastor is to know and love God. My second is to know and love the people I pastor, encouraging them to flourish in their relationship with God, our church family, and our city. One of the most effective ways I can do this […]


Articles | March 28, 2017

How Do We Serve the Common Good?

by Charlie Self

In our last post, we learned that when we have both compassion and capacity, we have transformation. We continue our core values series on the common good by asking, how do we serve the common good? The Oikonomia Network recently released a substantial minibook, Economic Wisdom for Churches: A Primer on Stewardship, Poverty, and Flourishing. […]



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 Timothy Keller

Tim Keller contrasts the modern view of work, which emphasizes money and security, with the Biblical doctrine of work, which treats works as the “gracious expression of creative energy in the service of others.” Apart from embracing this view of work, Keller suggests, we will never find rest.


Articles | May 11, 2016

Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good (Washington Times)

by Amy L. 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, 12

Love Thy Neighbor

by Tom Nelson

In this sermon, Tom Nelson kicks off a new series by challenging listeners to view, with fresh eyes, the meaning of Jesus’ command to love God and love your neighbor. As it turns out, a biblical view of economics is more foundational to Christian discipleship than most of us realize.


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 Timothy Keller

As a brief summary of his book, Every Good Endeavor, Tim Keller highlights four ways that God’s work connects to our jobs. The bottom line: our work is one of the means through which we can serve God and love our neighbor.


Articles | October 12, 2012

What’s So Great About the Common Good?

by Andy Crouch

Should Christians be concerned with the common good? What does this phrase even mean? Is it even possible to achieve in such a diverse culture? Andy Crouch addresses these questions and more in this helpful Christianity Today article.


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 […]


Ebooks | May 31, 2005

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.