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Contemporary idolatry

By Dave Henning / May 12, 2013

In Chapter 8 (“Work Reveals Our Idols”) of Every Good Endeavor, Timothy Keller observes that when contemporary people hear the word idols, they are most prone to think of celebrities in the sports or entertainment world.  Another image might be of primitive tribes bowing down to inanimate objects.  Additionally, Pastor Keller points out that when […]

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Serving the work

By Dave Henning / May 11, 2013

The desert, transition period following our ministry downsizing or position loss provides ample opportunity for reflection on our vocation.  Through honest assessment we position ourselves to revision and revitalize our calling. In Chapter 6 (“Work Becomes Pointless”) of Every Good Endeavor Pastor Timothy Keller states that the writer of Ecclesiastes presents 3 ways people attempt […]

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Work’s thorns and thistles

By Dave Henning / May 9, 2013

In the section of Chapter 5 entitled “Thorns and Thistles”, Timothy Keller (Every Good Endeavor) states that frustration and lack of fulfillment characterizes all work (and, I might add, looking for work) and human effort, part of the curse of work in a fallen world.  Pastor Keller goes on to define fruitless work: “We mean […]

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When things fall apart

By Dave Henning / May 8, 2013

As Pastor Timothy Keller continues his look at the beginning chapters of Genesis in Chapter 5 of Every Good Endeavor, he states that as soon as Adam and Eve sinned by eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they experienced the natural consequences of working against God’s design- the […]

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We’re in good hands with . . . Jesus!

By Dave Henning / May 7, 2013

It’s late fall, 1965.  My  mother Elinor is standing at the kitchen stove, preparing dinner.  Her persistent cough is not getting any better.  She voices how poorly she’s been feeling.  Concerned that whatever she has is contagious, mom takes many precautions to ensure that dad and I stay well.  Around January mom receives her diagnosis […]

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Work becomes fruitless

By Dave Henning / May 6, 2013

Pastor Timothy Keller begins Chapter 5 (“Work Becomes Fruitless”) of Every Good Endeavor by reminding us that while the Bible has a rich view of God’s design for work, that isn’t how we experience it.  Because we live in a fallen, sinful world, the author emphasizes that we need to have some understanding of how […]

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All work has dignity

By Dave Henning / May 5, 2013

In Chapter 2 of Every Good Endeavor, Pastor Timothy Keller reiterates the idea that the Biblical view of work stands in stark contrast to ancient Greek thinking.  Because we are made in God’s image, we have been given specific work to do.  While the Greeks saw manual labor as ordinary work relegating humans to the level of […]

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It’s all Greek to me!

By Dave Henning / May 4, 2013

At the beginning of Chapter 2 (“The Dignity of Work”) of Every Good Endeavor, Timothy Keller states that the idea that work is a major component of human dignity is espoused by even the most secular thinking.  Write Ayn Rand put it this way in her book Atlas Shrugged: “Whether it’s a symphony or a […]

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Work is liberating

By Dave Henning / May 2, 2013

Pastor Timothy Keller continues his discussion of God’s design for work in Chapter 1 of Every Good Endeavor by stating that to see work in our design is part of what it means to “grasp the distinct Christian understanding of freedom.”  He notes that our modern society tends to see freedom as the complete absence […]

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Meaningful work is foundational

By Dave Henning / May 1, 2013

In Chapter 1 of Every Good Endeavor, Timothy Keller presents the striking truth that work was a part of Paradise.  As Ben Witherington states in Work: A Kingdom Perspective on Labor: “It is perfectly clear that God’s good plan always included human beings working, or, more specifically, living in a constant cycle of work and […]

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God at work

By Dave Henning / April 30, 2013

In concluding his Introduction to Every Good Endeavor, Pastor Timothy Keller lists 3 questions regarding the relationship between faith and work that his book seeks to answer, using God’s Word: 1.  Why is work necessary to lead a full life? 2.  Why is work so often pointless, fruitless, and difficult? 3.  How do we overcome […]

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The fingers of God

By Dave Henning / April 28, 2013

Pastor Timothy Keller continues his discussion of vocation in the Introduction of Every Good Endeavor by noting 5 characteristics regarding the relationship of faith to work. 1.  The ecumenical movement’s emphasis on social justice helps us to understand that we must apply a distinctly Christian ethic to our work. 2.  In order to do faithful […]

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