After spending some time with Andy Crouch’s book, Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power, I found it helpful to reflect on some of Crouch’s lessons in the book and see the overlaps with our daily work. Crouch focuses his work on the heart of power: its inherent goodness, its corrupting nature, and the Christian’s role as an image bear of God in redeeming and reimagining the way they steward the power they are entrusted.
We can all agree that juggling the demands of competing expectations on our time, our priorities, our values, our relationships, our play, and our work creates inner tension. But what might it look like to live more wholly in every facet of life? Fortunately, there are ways to understand the impact of our fractured lives and reduce this tension of living in and out of the different contexts we experience each day.
What would our work look like if job-shaming was replaced by job-praising? What would it look like to help others see “every honest labor” as “contributing to the perfect fellowship of God’s kingdom?” Our theology of work must expand if we truly seek for it to be “on earth as it is in heaven.” (Mt. 6:10).
Andrew McGregor is using his Christian faith to reimagine high school mathematics, one tiny house at a time. Through a new effort in his role as a Mathematics and Civil Engineering + Architecture Teacher at DaVinci Science in Los Angeles, McGregor is helping students build an actual tiny house as part of their educational experience.
How does one combat hurry in an age of busy? In Justin Whitmel Earley’s book The Common Rule readers get a glimpse of redeeming “hurry” that invades life—specifically in the way we approach work. Rather than falling into the bootstrap, self-help category, Earley’s work helps open our eyes to the habits, liturgies, and rhythms that are directly and indirectly shaping our lives.
As we read through Paul’s words to the Ephesians in chapter two, I’m reminded of the precious and dignifying status that comes with being Christ’s workmanship. We see that Christians are not only ascended to a place of glory by Christ, but that we have been, in Christ, “created for good works … that we should walk in them.”