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Work Matters: Lessons from Scripture Paperback – May 31, 2012
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-- Seattle Pacific University
"In a quick romp through Scripture Paul Stevens has condensed a lifetime of wisdom into this wonderfully accessible survey of Christian perspectives on work. Stevens invites us to look at work from every possible biblical angle and introduces us to a host of mystics, desert fathers, poets, novelists, CEOs, and other theologians who have walked this road before us. Whether read alone or used as a basis for group discussion, Work Matters is well organized in bite-sized pieces and punctuated with questions for reflection. One of the best introductions to a theology of work available to date!"
-- Macquarie University
"This book is vintage Paul Stevens, bringing together his love of exposition of the Bible and his concern for faithfulness in the workplace. Over the years Stevens has been compiling a range of scriptural case studies that bring these together. Too often we forget that key biblical figures are not just spiritual but vocational role models, helping us to discern the nature of everyday as well as religious work. Indeed he does not distinguish between these, rightly regarding all work undertaken with Christian commitment as godly. The questions for reflection attached to each chapter make the book an excellent basis for discussion."
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This marketplace theologian takes the reader through more than twenty biblical accounts of some of the character profiles in the bible and brings out the purpose of their work and how it fits into God's plan for the world. Out of all the delightful stories in this book one of the many worth commenting on is that of Joseph. His account in the scriptures reads like a modern day soap opera. We see Joseph begins his career as a shepherd following in the footsteps of his father. Then Joseph after being sold by his brothers into slavery ends up in Egypt with a new job working as a slave in house of Potifphar. Then finally Joseph is elevated to the highs position in the land right under the pharaoh and this is where he finds his calling and final vocation. He is trusted with the task of caretaker of all of Egypt's produce in order to be able to survive the foreseen famine that was to come to Egypt.
But his vocation served to not just protect Egypt but a people and not just any people God's chosen people. His family being the sons of Jacob and the people of Israel would be care for by his vocation in Egypt. In this R. Paul Stevens reminds us that God is first constantly at work and that as people created in God's image we to are coworkers with God as he accomplishes his purposes.Read more ›