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Work Matters: Lessons from Scripture
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2012 / Paperback
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Adam and Eve worked. Jacob and Joseph worked. So did Ruth, David, Daniel, Jonah, Martha, Priscilla and Aquila, Paul -- and most people in the Old and New Testaments.
In Work Matters marketplace theology expert R. Paul Stevens revisits more than twenty biblical accounts--from Genesis to Revelation--exploring through them the theological meaning of every sort of work, manual or intellectual, domestic or commercial. Taken together, his short, pithy reflections on these well-known Bible passages add up to a comprehensive, Bible-based theology of work--one that will be equally useful for seminars, classes, Bible studies, and individuals seeking to grasp more fully the theological dimensions of their daily labor.
In a quick romp through Scripture Paul Stevens has condensed a lifetime of wisdom into this wonderfully accessible survey of Christian perspectives on work. Stevens invites us to look at work from every possible biblical angle and introduces us to a host of mystics, desert fathers, poets, novelists, CEOs, and other theologians who have walked this road before us. Whether read alone or used as a basis for group discussion, Work Matters is well organized in bite-sized pieces and punctuated with questions for reflection. One of the best introductions to a theology of work available to date!
-Jeff Van Duzer,
Seattle Pacific University
This book is vintage Paul Stevens, bringing together his love of exposition of the Bible and his concern for faithfulness in the workplace. Over the years Stevens has been compiling a range of scriptural case studies that bring these together. Too often we forget that key biblical figures are not just spiritual but vocational role models, helping us to discern the nature of everyday as well as religious work. Indeed he does not distinguish between these, rightly regarding all work undertaken with Christian commitment as godly. The questions for reflection attached to each chapter make the book an excellent basis for discussion.
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