Blog - Doing Earthwork

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

“Work itself has no ministry value according to the Christians I've talked to.” This idea seems widespread among believers, as Patrick Klingaman reports in his book, Thank God It's Monday. Hold on! What is “ministry”? It's serving. But is it limited to service done in or for a religious organization? Or does it include serving God's Kingdom purposes in the world?

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

On some 6,000 acres in southeastern Washington, Ralph and Cheryl Broetje grow apples and cherries.  But, says Ralph, “We’re interested in bearing fruit that will last.  “We’re working on the production of fruit and how it’s doing in terms of people.  It’s our work, call and passion all in one.”  Cheryl agrees.  “We believe we’re marketplace ministers,” she says. 

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Friday, June 18, 2010

RELIGIOUS RUTS IN YOUR WORKPLACE: PART 13

YOU HAVE HEARD: GOD'S ONLY PURPOSES IN “SECULAR” WORK ARE WITNESSING AND MAKING MONEY FOR LIVING AND GIVING (Read Part 12)

BUT SCRIPTURE MAKES IT CLEAR: YOUR WORK HELPS CARE FOR WHAT GOD CREATED

The other day, while speaking to encourage a group of Christians in their work, I asked them to discuss this question in teams of two: What would the world lose if no one did the kind of work you do? As it happened, one of the teams included a police officer and a firefighter.

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Friday, December 31, 2010
Imagine a world with no calendars. Let’s say you want to invite several friends to a New Year’s Eve party. Naturally, you hope they’ll all show up on the same evening, namely the one just before the New Year begins. But you have no calendar. How will you word the invitation? read more...
Friday, January 21, 2011
Remember how, as kids, we connected numbered dots to see a picture take shape? As adult Christians, though, how many of us are not seeing a vital picture because we have not connected the dots between our daily work and God’s "Creation Mandate”? read more...
Friday, January 28, 2011
As last week’s blog stated, many of us have not "connected the dots” between our daily work and God’s "Creation Mandate.” Mandate. That’s not a word you usually hear during lunch with a friend. A mandate is . . . read more...
Friday, February 11, 2011
The conversation in the restaurant took an unexpected turn. My wife and I were enjoying a noon meal with some Christian friends we’ve known for years. read more...
Wednesday, September 07, 2011

I met him only twice before his death in 2008—once when he spoke in our church gathering, and again when he visited our hometown. But God, through Pete Hammond, encouraged and affirmed me all out of proportion to those rare in-person meetings.

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Wednesday, October 05, 2011
You don’t have to listen or read very long these days before finding the words "profit and greed” smeared together like peanut butter and jelly. I recently heard a musician singing the complaint that, "with profit and greed we destroyed our land.” read more...
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Billy Graham believes God is "working in a new way” today. In The Next Christians, Gabe Lyons quotes what the aging evangelist told him at the Graham home in Montreat, North Carolina.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

"Where was God in Boston?” I googled those words—in parentheses for exact matches. In a split second I got more than 4,500 results. One Christ-follower wrote: "God really has done something about this. And his ‘something’ looks like a cross. It looks like an empty tomb. It looks like Jesus.”


 

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Thursday, July 11, 2013
Compartments. They’re often useful. Freezers and ovens are both compartments—one for ice cream, one for baking cookies. But other things should not be compartmentalized. For example, our faith should not be kept in a Sunday box. read more...
Thursday, February 06, 2014

Do you wish you could find more meaning in your daily work? Look carefully, and you’ll likely discover it in watching the way God works.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Some 5.5 million people in the U.S. taught preschool through college students in 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But those who teach include corporate trainers, military instructors, plus uncounted others . . . read more...
Monday, February 17, 2014

In a Super Bowl ad, Ram Trucks played Paul Harvey’s speech, "So God Made a Farmer.” Harvey began like this . . .

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

In a blog she gets honest about her SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) inferiority complex: "I feel,” she writes, "inferior to mothers who go out to work. . . .I don’t believe that the work I do each day . . . bears any comparison to a real work day.” SAHDs (stay-at-home-dads) can grapple with the same sense of insignificance.

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014
It may seem strange to think of God as landlord. Some proprietors have tarnished that term (just as some male parents have discolored father). But apart from its negative connotations, landlord best describes one aspect of how God has revealed himself in Scripture. read more...
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Is it right to describe God as a "government worker"? For some, even thinking of him as a worker seems jarring. One local government worker, a firefighter, said: "I never gave much thought that our God is a working God.” read more...
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
"I tell you,” said American Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman, "war is hell.” The idea of God as a "warrior,” then, may seem unbearable. read more...
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Clothing multitasks. It covers bareness. Keeps the body warm or cool. Protects from hazards (straw hats and bulletproof vests, for example). It can identify gender, rank, or role. It expresses preferences and personal style.

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Imagine a world in which no one did the work of guarding. How well would we sleep at night if prisons were left unguarded? Suppose a military encampment lacked any sentries. What might happen if an elementary school on a busy street had no school crossing guards? Picture a U. S. President traveling abroad with no Secret Service agents.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

God has an eye for beauty.” So says Christian Overman in God’s Pleasure at Work. Only that eye for beauty could have come up with the fan of a peacock’s feathers. Or painted the sky with the hues of a sunset. Or designed the jewel-studded garments for the high priest in the tabernacle.

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Monday, April 28, 2014
For many of us, the urge to write barely survived English class with its five hundred or thousand-word assignments. But the world of emails, blogs, and tweets has revived the itch to author. read more...
Friday, November 07, 2014

A graduate student in my online theology-of-work class asked why the sacred-secular divide is still so prevalent. Why in church circles, he wondered, is the "Creation Mandate” (that human beings rule over the earth, Gen. 1:26) emphasized so little, if at all, while the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19-20) receives so much attention?

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Thursday, January 01, 2015
The alarm clock has sounded, you’ve finished breakfast, and are racing off to your job. Would you be going to work if Adam and Eve had never eaten from that off-limits tree? read more...
Saturday, May 23, 2015

Recently my wife and I attended a concert in Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. Ten grand pianos sat on the multi-level stage. An equal number of magnificently gifted pianists sat on the piano benches. As I listened, I found myself worshiping—not worshiping the musical artists but worshiping the God who had created human hands capable of making such music.

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