Review: Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work
Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God's Work by Timothy Keller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Excellent book. Solid four and a half stars.
Classic Keller: translating a Reformed and Biblical worldview to communicate winsomely to the secularized person today.
Keller considers the nature of work, how sin messes up work, and how the Gospel of Jesus Christ relates to work. Here are some highlights:
The doctrine of common grace brings a great deal of freedom to our work. Christians often feel false guilt for not creating an explicitly Christian product or service in their work. Non-Christians can be genuine co-workers, because they are pursuing God-honoring work.
Vocation: Christians too often disconnect their work from God. Drawing on Luther's thoughts on vocation, our work is service to God, and His provision for our fellow man. Our work is one way we love our neighbor, providing him a product or service he needs.
Hope in our work: using Tolkien's "Leaf, by Niggle," story, we remember the incompleteness of our work, but also that God honors and completes us and our work at the last day.
I read this for a sermon on work and wealth, and was thankful to Richard for loaning it to me!
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