Does a person's day to day work have any ultimate value from the perspective of Eternity? Should our work be seen as a discipline through which we connect spiritually with God and others? Is ordinary work the primary way that people can participate in God's mission to make all things new? What is the heavenly good of earthly work?
In this book Darrell Cosden takes us on a spiritual and theological journey of discovery exploring these questions. Creatively, constructively, and sometimes provocatively, he shows us that the heavenly good of earthly work really makes the gospel good news for ordinary people by offering the possibility of a genuinely purpose-full Christian life.
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I enjoy this book not least because it is one among several thoughtful contributions that have taken the scholarly works of NT Wright and Richard Middleton to the streets on the *Resurrection of Christ* and the *Creation of human beings as God's image-bearers* respectively. It strongly repudiates the escapist concept of the gospel that has our heads almost exclusively buried in another world, that is to be too heavenly minded to be of any earthly good. It exposes the bankruptcy of the truncated idea of Christian mission as one that is simply interested in getting people ready for heaven, and casting a disdainful eye on what one does in his daily life. In Corsden's view, the dichotomy between spiritual and secular arena is a false one. All of life is spiritual and missional if it is oriented towards the kingdom of God. So is the dichotomy between clergy and laity as if the work of the laity is second fiddle to the work of 'evangelistic ministry' and 'overseas mission', important as...
I finished this week The Heavenly Good of Earthly Work by Darrell Cosden. Darrell was a professor of mine at the International Christian College where he taught. I recommend this book if you want to get at the theology behind our work.
His book is a personal reflection and that is what I particularly found helpful. He sketches out how our view of work has been shaped over the history of the Christian faith and then builds on that to help form a missional view of work, it's eternal value, and how we can see our work as a spiritual discipline (not necessarily in that order). I got slowed down in some of the theology in the beginning of the book but read it carefully and in the end I was compelled to take in his arguements at the end.
If you are interested in Christian ethics in the marketplace, tentmaking, mission, missional living, etc. then this is a foundational read! It really helped me reorient my thinking about work.
I read this book not knowing who the author was, or his theological persuasion prior to the book, but while reading through the work I gather the guy spent time in the United States, was once a missionary to the former Eastern Bloc after the Cold War was over, and at the time of the writing of the book, was a professor who resided in the United Kingdom. The book raises the issue of whether or not every work and vocation has eternal significance, even those that are not “full time” ministry (missionaries, pastors, evangelistists, etc). In attempting to “save” our work and effort in our vocation, the author attempts to construct a theology that would be able to impart “heavenly” value unto earthly work. A big motive for the author’s project is his desire to rescue a Christian view of work that often ends up in dualism of a two class Christianity: those working in full time ministry, who are “important” while everybody else ends up in...
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