[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”160899869X” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41cnyx9QmYL._SL160_.jpg” width=”112″ alt=”Christian vocation” ]Here’s a fun video on work and Christian vocation from Tim Otto and Troy Terpstra…
This video is based on John Alexander’s book Being Church, which was one of our 2012 Books of the year…
While I adamantly agree with the theological thrust of this video — emphasizing church over individualized faith — I have to wonder about some of the practical conclusions that are drawn. It seems to promote a deep spiritual/secular divide. If the end of God’s mission is the reconciliation of all things (as the video implies), how does the church follow God in this work? Or similarly, if we take the church seriously, how do we understand and reinterpret our daily work together in the light of God’s mission of reconciliation? The answers to this question that are offered in this video seem less than satisfying to me. What if churches were communities that orchestrated the broad scope of gifts and skills of their members in way that brought healing and flourishing to their neighborhoods, and in that way pointed toward God’s reconciling work in the world? ( My experience here at Englewood Christian Church and Amy Sherman’s book Kingdom Calling has been helpful for me in imagining what this might look like…) ~Chris Smith
What do you think? If we take the Church as essential to God’s work in the world, how then do we understand Christian Vocation?
C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com
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