Why I Care About Theology – Part 3

Over the last two weeks I have shared with you how the story of creation and a Biblical perspective on boundaries sets me free to enjoy my work. This week I want to look at how theology gives me perspective when things go wrong. Designing a new system never goes as quickly as I want it to go or as smoothly as I want it to go. As people test the system they discover things that are missing, or have Continue reading Why I Care About Theology – Part 3

Why I Care About Theology – Part 2

Last week I shared with you how the story of creation sets me free to enjoy what I am doing without worrying about what other people think or say, for the story of creation tells me I live my life to please my Creator. This week I want to share with you how theology provides a perspective on the boundaries and constraints on my life. Theology teaches me that there are boundaries within which I am supposed to live my Continue reading Why I Care About Theology – Part 2

Why I Care About Theology – Part 1

I work as a consultant for the railroads on the design and implementation of safety control systems. I am returning to school to pursue a doctoral degree in workplace theology, ethics and leadership. When one of my colleagues heard I was going to pursue a doctoral degree in theology he asked me why does an engineer care about theology? The short answer, is that theology provides a cosmic perspective on my work, a perspective on the boundaries and constraints on Continue reading Why I Care About Theology – Part 1

Walking in the Light

They were stunning works of art molded by God’s own hands to serve and glorify him. They walked along a path that was like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day (Prov 4:18). Yet dark shadows surrounded this path. On one side rocky cliffs soared upwards, and a steep ravine dropped off on the other side. They walked without fear of the darkness that surrounded them, because God in his righteousness was going before them Continue reading Walking in the Light

Our New Nature

In Christ we have a new nature. In Christ we have clean fresh clothes of righteousness and holiness designed by God himself for us to wear. When we were without Christ, it was like we lived blindfolded in a world of illusion cut off from the life of God through ignorance and insensitiveness (Eph 4:18 – Phillips). This old sinful nature is like comfortable old clothing, which Satan tempts us to put on again. Unfortunately this old clothing is rotted Continue reading Our New Nature

Blessed by God

God has blessed you with grace and gifts that the rest of the body needs. God hasn’t just randomly handed you some gifts like a cafeteria hands out food on a plate. God has carefully apportioned for you exactly the right amount of grace and gifts for your temperament and your life situation. Nobody else has been blessed with exactly the same grace and gifts you have. The grace and gifts you have received from God are perfect for who Continue reading Blessed by God

Walking Worthily

Work, rest and play are all a foretaste of glory divine. Gifts from the giver who keeps on giving. Gifts shaped just right for who we were created to be. Gifts to be celebrated as together we walk in a manner worthy of the calling we have received. Gifts to be enjoyed and rejoiced over community with humility, gentleness and patience, bearing with one another in love. Humility is an attitude of the mind. Humility recognizes our dependence on God’s Continue reading Walking Worthily

Grounded in Love

God, out of his glorious riches, offers you the privilege to sink the roots of your life deep in the soil of his love. Then you will be a like tree planted by streams of water producing fruit in its season. God in his incomparable great power offers you the privilege to build your life on the foundation of his unconditional love. Then you will be like a building resting on a firm foundation of love, which can’t be shaken. Continue reading Grounded in Love

Joyful in Hope

With a fresh perspective, focused on God, you can live your life above your circumstances. You can sleep in peace! You can remain joyful in hope every day! God whose manifold wisdom crafted the plan which enabled you to become part of God’s family before the dawn of creation is more than wise enough to provide wisdom for the tiniest details of your life. Nothing is happening today in your life that will hinder God from accomplishing his divine purposes. Continue reading Joyful in Hope

Peace

Because of God’s love and mercy you can be at peace right now. There are no complex rituals you have to perform, or hoops you have to jump through to be at peace. Your peace rests in what Christ did for you on the cross. By faith you can have peace today because you are alive in Christ! You can have peace today because … God loves you; God in his rich mercy has made you alive in Christ when Continue reading Peace