Theology of Work

Jesus Was A Highly Skilled Entrepreneur, Not A Poor Peasant

Jesus Was A Highly Skilled Entrepreneur, Not A Poor Peasant

It's common for sermons and some academic theological writings to portray Jesus as a poor man who led an attempted peasant revolt. The problem is that neither historical texts nor archaeological records are consistent with this picture.

Risky Business

Risky Business

In a suburb north of Denver, Prime Trailer Leasing manages a fleet of gleaming white semi-trailers. Like the Hertz of semi-trucks, Prime owns and rents its trucks to commercial customers of all varieties. Wes Gardner, the founder and owner of Prime, acknowledges that “semi trailers aren’t glamorous,” but the work his company is doing is anything but mundane.

The Parable of the Talents

The Parable of the Talents

Theology of Work Project digs into a famous parable —“One of Jesus’ most significant parables regarding work is set in the context of investments (Matt. 25:14-30). A rich man delegates the management of his wealth to his servants, much as investors in today’s markets do.”

Don't Blame the Devil -- Lead!

Don't Blame the Devil -- Lead!

Let’s not let our identity or vision be an excuse for bad leadership, but rather the fuel and motivator for great leadership.  One of my agendas in the work I do, frankly, is to redeem the brand dignity of “Christian business leadership” to be associated with the very highest standards in society

10 Key Points About Work in the Bible That Every Christian Should Know

10 Key Points About Work in the Bible That Every Christian Should Know

Please enjoy some of the great content from our friends at Theology of Work, originally published on their website. TOW Project resources are meant to be both theologically rigorous and genuinely practical. In this article, they share “10 Key Points About Work in the Bible That Every Christian Should Know.”

Can You Make it as a Founder?

Can You Make it as a Founder?

How much can you take? Jon Kontz sharesA sense of calling helps to weather the storms of startup life, but for risk takers like me, it can be hard to tell the difference between calling and another great idea.”

Podcast Episode 52 - The Secret Farm League of Faith Driven Entrepreneurs: Jon Hart of Praxis Academy

Podcast Episode 52 - The Secret Farm League of Faith Driven Entrepreneurs: Jon Hart of Praxis Academy

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On this episode, the team talks to Jon Hart, Partner at Praxis Labs about his work with Praxis Academy, a week-long on ramp into the Praxis community of redemptive entrepreneurs targeting the under 25. For 5 years, this organization has encouraged college-aged entrepreneurs to more actively view their aspirations within the context of their faith, impacting 750 people, from 160 universities and 20 countries.

Why do You Work? (Audio)

Why do You Work? (Audio)

"Why do we work? If you don't know why, it doesn't matter what you do." In his timeless keynote address at the Believers in Business (BiB) MBA Conference at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in 2016, Andy Mills discusses three themes of why we work.

Rest at a High Rate of Speed

Rest at a High Rate of Speed

Mike Sharrow, CEO of The C12 Group, challenges readers to find rest despite the hustle and bustle of work and daily nonstop demands. He ends his article with an inspired prayer for all those overwhelmed with high speed at which life moves. Click here to read more!

Podcast Episode 49 - A Rule of Life for Redemptive Entrepreneurs: Andy Crouch, Author, Journalist and Partner at Praxis

Podcast Episode 49 - A Rule of Life for Redemptive Entrepreneurs: Andy Crouch, Author, Journalist and Partner at Praxis

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On this episode, the team spends time with Andy Crouch, partner for theology and culture at Praxis, an organization that works as a creative engine for redemptive entrepreneurship, as well as an accomplished writer and journalist, having authored several books as well as articles published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine.

What does it mean to integrate our faith and work?

What does it mean to integrate our faith and work?

“Amy Sherman keenly casts a vision for vocational stewardship that grows God’s Kingdom and shapes the world, exploring what we do as well as how we do it. She concludes by suggesting what it might look like practically-speaking to deploy our vocational power as Christians in various sectors.”

How Christians Can Experience Deeper Rest

How Christians Can Experience Deeper Rest

Please enjoy some of the great content from our friends at Theology of Work, originally published on their website. TOW Project resources are meant to be both theologically rigorous and genuinely practical. In this article, they discuss both Biblical examples and practical ways for believers to experience deeper rest.

What does the Bible say about Calling and Vocation?

What does the Bible say about Calling and Vocation?

Please enjoy some of the great content from our friends at Theology of Work, originally published on their website. TOW Project resources are meant to be both theologically rigorous and genuinely practical. In this article, they dig deep into “What does the Bible say about Calling and Vocation?”

A Grander Vision - Betenbough Homes

A Grander Vision - Betenbough Homes

Even after experiencing West Texas-like storms of life, Ron Betenbough of Betenbough Homes, was able to rebuild his life thanks to God’s provision in his business. After committing the business to God, Ron and his son Rick Betenbough, experienced God’s blessings in business and in the lives of their employees. Take a listen to this inspiring Monday video.

Chaplains – The ROI of Good Business-Ministry

Chaplains – The ROI of Good Business-Ministry

I have an allergic reaction to the common dilemma of the “success to significance” paradigm, as if a follower of Jesus could be “successful” for 20 years and then “make up lost time” being “significant” for a latter period.  Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase of Jesus in Mark 8:37 says “What good would it do to get everything you want and lose you, the real you? What could you ever trade your soul for?”  

Beyond our careers, in the businesses we lead, the same tension must be worked out as well. Is it a business that funds ministry?  Is it a ministry that does some business to pay the bills?  Is that perhaps a false dichotomy? Is there a “tertium quid” resolution of tension in doing business AS ministry for the entrepreneur who is primarily a citizen of the Kingdom of God?  I’m pretty sure Jesus didn’t call any part-time disciples and the Great Commission seemed to have an “all y’all, right now” implication for every one of us.

Gospel Driven Ambition

Gospel Driven Ambition

As Christians, is it possible to be ambitious in our work and still have our self-worth and identity firmly rooted in Jesus Christ?

The world tells us that ambition is essential to accumulating wealth, fame, and glory for ourselves. The meta-narrative of work today is that it is the primary means by which we make a name for ourselves in this life and prove to the world that we are important, valuable, and worthy.

Of course, this is nothing new. Since the Fall, human beings have been using work to make a name for themselves, rather than to glorify God and serve others.

While Scripture makes clear that creating to make a name for ourselves constitutes improper ambition, the Bible makes equally clear that ambition can indeed be God-honoring, so long as it flows out of a response to the work Christ did on our behalf on the cross. That is the subject we will turn to in tomorrow’s devotional.

Podcast Episode 17 - Grappling with the Ups and Downs of Entrepreneurship: Nashville Institute of Faith and Work Interview (Missy Wallace)

Podcast Episode 17 - Grappling with the Ups and Downs of Entrepreneurship: Nashville Institute of Faith and Work Interview (Missy Wallace)

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We have a SPECIAL GUEST!  Missy Wallace, Executive Director at the Nashville Institute for Faith & Work (NIFW) joins us and gives us her insights into the convergence of faith and work.  She tells us a bit about her own journey, how she developed her theology of faith and work, the founding of NIFW and how she is equipping entrepreneurs today. 

Does your Company Have its Own Prayer?

Does your Company Have its Own Prayer?

I went to an all boys Jesuit prep school in Baltimore and have said a fair amount  of "Our Fathers" and "Hail Marys" in both English and Latin to be suspect of scripted prayers.  But when William came to the team and suggested that we have a "Sovereign's Capital Prayer," I was open to it, and then when I read and prayed it, I was hooked.