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Work: A Kingdom Perspective on Labor

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Most Christians spend most of their waking hours working, yet many regard work as at best a necessary evil — just one more unfortunate by-product of humanity’s fall from grace. Not so, says Ben Witherington III, and in Work: A Kingdom Perspective on Labor, he considers work as neither the curse nor the cure of human life but, rather, as something good that God has given us ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Eerdmans (first published January 15th 2011)
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Feb 18, 2011 Rachel rated it really liked it
Reading Ben Witherington’s Work: A Kingdom Perspective on Labor has been a wake-up call for me — and not a polite courtesy call from the hotel desk clerk, either. Work has been like a brisk bucket of ice water to my innermost face.

I realize now that I have always in some way been guilty of regarding work as a curse — a regrettable consequence of humanity’s Fall from grace. “I have to work because my great-great-great-times-a-bunch grandparents really screwed up,” I thought. “What a royal drag.”

Nina Mcdaniel
Feb 15, 2013 Nina Mcdaniel rated it it was amazing
Is work punishment as a result of the Fall, or a meaningful task that will continue to make an impact in the new creation? Is retirement biblical? Is work that produces a functional product more holy? Is marriage work? What types of work are and are not acceptable for Christians? How can you know what vocation you should be pouring your life into? Is the Protestant work ethic helpful or harmful?
Witherington has unapologetic and, depending on what doctrines you're familiar with, unexpected answer
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This book should be a part of the library of anyone who is interested in the theology of work, work as worship, or business as missions movements. Witherington wrote this book out of his perceived dearth of material on the theology of work, and that is one weakness of the book-- he examines a few sources in depth but somehow has missed so many others. If you read Hugh Wenchel's How Now Shall We Work or Tim Keller's Every Good Endeavor you can find a host of so
Jun 30, 2014 Curtis rated it really liked it
Offers a reflection of work from two perspectives: from the creation account that says work is a part of being human, rather than being introduced at the Fall; and from the new creation perspective where we now work towards the Kingdom, seeing our work as a foretaste of what will be in the age to come.
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Oct 25, 2013 Peyton Herrington rated it really liked it
Interesting perspective on how Christians should view work. Written for a lay person. I enjoyed much of it and it seemed to cover a good bit of the topic when keeping in mind the short length of the book. Certainly more could be covered, and he seemed to get sucked into a few side roads of the subject here and there, but overall a good job on the subject. A point of major criticism is that the book seemed somewhat pieced together- as if it was a series of lectures/writings that had the same subj ...more
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Aug 07, 2012 Michael d'Offay rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed Witherington's writing style immensely. A lot of the points he makes regarding work and kingdom is not new but is a needed reminder for me personally. Especially enjoyed his thoughts on finding the rhythm of work/rest/worship/play and his thoughts on the importance of play. Very helpful.
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Ben Witherington III (PhD, University of Durham) is Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky, and is on the doctoral faculty at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. He is the author or coauthor of more than thirty books, including The Jesus Quest, The Paul Quest, and The New York Times bestseller The Brother of Jesus. He has app ...more
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