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One of the movies I really want to watch is Bella. It won the People‚Äôs Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival last December, followed by a string of awards and recognition. Hopefully, this independent film will find a US distributor and be shown in theaters here. Reviewers have used words like “incredibly charming,” and “a rare gem,” and “[t]his movie depicts the culture but also transcends it.” The people behind the movie also have very interesting stories.


July 27, 2007 at 6:20 pm Leave a comment

Work and Shoes

I used to think that the Bible had little to say about how I should view my everyday work and leisure. My christianity was confined to “spiritual matters” like bible study, church activities and evangelism. I later realized that this was a two-story view of reality, with God being really interested in heavenly/sacred things, and not so interested in earthly/secular things.

In Redeeming the Time, Leland Ryken relates that this two-story view leads to two possible responses. “One is to conclude that if God is only mildly interested in our daily routine of work and leisure, they are not worthy of our best thought and effort. The other is to conclude that we are free to pursue earthly pursuits outside of spiritual directives and play by the rules of a secular world.”

In the book Total Truth, the link is made between having a Christian worldview and finding joy in life. All of reality is unified and is subject to God, and “[i]t is only when we offer up everything we do in worship to God that we finally experience His power coursing through every fiber of our being.” Called the doctrine of vocation, this puts all work on the same plane of spiritual significance. Viewing all work as a call from God makes all the difference to a person’s attitude in the most mundane tasks. Take this quote from Martin Luther:

If you ask an insignificant maidservant why she scours the dish and milks the cow she can say: I know that the thing I do pleases God, for I have God’s word and commandment…God does not look at the insignificance of the act, but at the heart that serves Him in such little things.

As I understand it, not everyone is called to full time ministry, and an article that addresses the criteria for assessing whether you are called to christian ministry is found here, here and here.

There’s a company called TOMS shoes that’s new and hip, but has an interesting mission. For every pair of shoes they sell, they give one away to a child in Argentina who doesn’t own a pair of shoes. I think that the founder’s christianity has shaped his work, and it’s a great example of loving what God loves so that our whole lives are shaped by His wonderful grace.

July 18, 2007 at 7:29 pm 1 comment


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