Tag: celibacy

April 25, 2024
Work, Rest, and Play

In this article Dr Uli Chi gives insight into the importance of a work/life balance. In a world where expectations of productivity and achievement are high, our to-do lists can become endless. Dr Chi's article helps consider the theology behind work and recognises the God-given value of sabbath rest. "As important as work is, work […]

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April 24, 2024
In a world overwhelmed by the demands of work, “Bluey” reminds us of the ethical importance of play

In an outcome driven world, we have become time-poor, notes Max Jeganathan. He writes, "Long before Dickens warned against the dangers of utilitarianism and Bluey offered an inoculation against it, King David — in the biblical book of Psalms — wrote of the simple fun of smelling freshly cut grass. Then his son — King Solomon — […]

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April 24, 2024
Work & the New Creation

Mark Stephens considers how the Christian hope for our future influences the way in which we approach work in the present. "All too often, Christian talk about the present becomes a discourse of ‘endurance’, in which we are waiting for the day when the present will be terminated by the arrival of an eternity that […]

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April 23, 2024
ReFrame: Identity

Panel Q&A script At Reframe: Identity, the panel session looked at how our identity interacts with work and the workplace, how it connects with purpose, and what actually drives internal change. Here is a taste of what was covered. The transcript has been anonymised and edited for length. Q: The show Gruen is about marketing […]

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April 13, 2024
Why fighting for justice and creating beauty are basically the same thing

An artist and a lawyer discuss beauty and justice. What is beauty? What is justice? Makoto Fujimura explains that in Japan, beauty is sacrifice. His wife, Haejin, notes that justice is only discussed, eg. in the media, when situations or events are considered unjust, so we rarely see a "just" world. Despite our cultural differences, […]

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April 3, 2024
The Secret of Powerful Prayer

Theologian David Mitchell reflects on Jesus' teaching about prayer in Matthew 6:5-15, noting that, "It’s not about me and my words. It’s so easy for Christians to feel guilty about their prayer life when in actuality prayer, Christian prayer, is talking to a loving and understanding Father. He himself is the secret to successful prayer. […]

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April 3, 2024
Feeling tired after returning to work? Here are some possible reasons why

There can be several contributors to feeling exhausted, but they can be hard to determine. This article explores the issue and suggests ways to improve a sense of well-being. "Natasha Yates has worked in general practice for more than 20 years in both rural and urban settings. During that time, she's seen many patients come […]

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April 3, 2024
Strengthen Your Prayer Life with an Assist from Past Pray-ers

Zachariah Carter suggests using the written prayers of others when struggling to express our own thoughts and words in our devotions. "One of the benefits of written prayers is the opportunity to expand your vision of what prayer can be. Some prayers are deeply theological and can help you ponder the depths of God’s self-revelation. […]

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March 21, 2024
How to Transform Destructive Coworker Behaviours

In this article David Winters seeks biblical solutions to three destructive behaviours in the workplace -- anger, martyrdom, and negativity. "Jehovah is a God of order. Just look around the world and the universe. It’s easy to see his design in nature and the orderly way ecosystems operate. The Bible says God is not the […]

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March 20, 2024
Hints for How to Pray

A Simple Regimen of Private Prayer In 1942, George A. Buttrick, a Congregationalist minister, wrote this guide to the practice of prayer, noting that, “Prayer is friendship with God. Friendship is not formal, but it is not formless: it has cultivation…the casual mind kills it.” The founder of Renovaré, Richard J. Foster, writes, "I am helped […]

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March 20, 2024
The (Hyper) Consuming Christian

A thoughtful reflection by Renee Zou considering consumerism. "How much of our spending is not to meet our needs, but rather for the expression of self and the impressing of others? It is sad to see how Christians, at least in the West, have also bought into the hedonistic lie of our century that life […]

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March 2, 2024
How do you become a friction fixer at work? 

Professor Bob Sutton shares some strategies for managing friction with others in the workplace. "Professor Sutton has himself experienced workplace friction, pointing to a memorable instance that involved an unnecessary meeting invite. "[Someone] sent every faculty member — so that's about 2,000 of us — a 12,066-word email with a 7,500-word attachment inviting … all […]

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