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In Books

There are a number of high quality resources to consider as you explore how faith fundamentally shapes the purpose of our work and our understanding of vocation. Here are just a few titles that we would particularly recommend looking into.

  • Every Good Endeavor:Connecting Your Work to God's Work, by Timothy Keller & Katherine Leary Alsdorf
    Constructs a solid introductory biblical and theological foundation for work and identifies several ways that our faith expresses itself in and through a redeemed understanding of daily work.
  • Kingdom Calling:Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good, by Amy L. Sherman
    Sherman provides a theological framework through which to understand how everyday work might directly contribute to flourishing communities. Moving from frameworks to case studies, this is an invitation to imagine what happens when the people are God are called to steward their faith and work for the greater good.
  • God at Work:Your Christian Vocation in All of Life, by Gene Edward Veith Jr.
    A wonderful summary of Christian calling or vocation, Veith unpacks the implications of vocational service in one's own career, but also in families, churches, communities, and beyond.
  • Responsive Labor: A Theology of Work, by David H. Jensen
    Written for workers, Jensen is very pragmatic in approaching everyday work in light of Christian faith - not shying away from the challenges and burdens of work while still moving toward a liturgical, practical, and constructive theological understanding of Christian service in the world.
  • Work Matters: Connecting Sunday Worship to Monday Work, by Tom Nelson
    Nelson is a pastor who writes from his experiences in shepherding a congregation toward an integrated vision of faith and work. As he lays his theological and conceptual frameworks, he weaves in engaging and practical stories from congregants and makes a strong case for the importance of faith-work integration in the life of the local church.

For a more extensive look at quality resources on faith, work and economics, take a look at this annotated bibliography (pdf) compiled by the Oikonomia Network, which we are a part of.

Articles and Papers

  • The Economic Wisdom Project (pdf) thoughtfully provides a biblical framework for reflecting on where theology and economics meet to shape on the communities around us.
  • In his recent paper on faith and work (pdf), Roger Anderson identifies some of the key challenges that churches face in considering a worldview that assumes the integration of faith and work, as well as suggests some thoughtful solutions to these challenges.