Genesis says that humans were created in the image of God, so all of our work—not just church work—is holy. We are called to be co-creators, with God, of a flourishing life on Earth. --Dave Evans Co-founder Electronic Arts
A must read for every Christian.
...if we want to order our economic and social lives justly, if we want to help people rather than merely feel like we're helping people, we have to learn the economic terrain. Rich Karlgaard, the Christian publisher of Forbes magazine, has complained that listening to a pastor or a priest preach on business "is like hearing a eunuch lecture on sex: He may have studied the topic but really know little about the mechanics.
Skeptic Magazine's Founding Publisher Michael Shermer believes markets are the best tools for securing wealth and prosperity. With this in mind, one of Barna Research Groups Six Megathemes from 2010 suggests that American Christians and Atheists think an awful lot alike.
3. Growing numbers of people are less interested in spiritual principles and more desirous of learning pragmatic solutions for life.
When asked what matters most, teenagers prioritize education, career development, friendships, and travel. Faith is significant to them, but it takes a back seat to life accomplishments and is not necessarily perceived to affect their ability to achieve their dreams. Among adults the areas of growing importance are lifestyle comfort, success, and personal achievements. Those dimensions have risen at the expense of investment in both faith and family. The turbo-charged pace of society leaves people with little time for reflection. The deeper thinking that occurs typically relates to economic concerns or relational pressures. Spiritual practices like contemplation, solitude, silence, and simplicity are rare. (It is ironic that more than four out of five adults claim to live a simple life.) Practical to a fault, Americans consider survival in the present to be much more significant than eternal security and spiritual possibilities. Because we continue to separate our spirituality from other dimensions of life through compartmentalization, a relatively superficial approach to faith has become a central means of optimizing our life experience.
John Piper delivers a powerful message on Matthew 6:19-34. He says, "What Jesus has to say about money, giving, and treasure is thrilling." What do you say?