In this book, Veith and Moerbe apply the Lutheran doctrine of vocation to marriage, parenting, and childhood. They define the doctrine of vocation asIn this book, Veith and Moerbe apply the Lutheran doctrine of vocation to marriage, parenting, and childhood. They define the doctrine of vocation as "God calls us to different roles that he asks us to play and in which he is active...[it] has to do, above all, with the way God works through human beings." They also make clear that vocation is more than simply our career; it includes whatever role God to which has called us: brother, father, neighbor, employee, etc. The doctrine of vocation is valuable because it delivers us from the sacred/secular divide. According to the Lutheran (biblical) view of vocation, all the work that God calls us to do is sacred, in that, "Christ is loving and serving [our] neighbor through us."
The body of the book expounds each vocation biblically: marriage, parenting, and childhood. It also explores the roles of husband, wife, father, mother, and child. In addition, the crosses of each vocation are discussed, that is, "the occasions for Christians to deny themselves and to offer themselves as living sacrifices [for their neighbor]." Readers will appreciate the authors' biblical expositions of pertinent texts and will benefit from the emphasis on the gospel and grace. For example, "The doctrine of vocation shifts the burden away from the individual's work and merit, which always fall short, to the work and merit of God, who accomplishes his will regardless of the imperfection of his instruments." I highly recommend this book.
This is the third time I have read Living for God's Glory. I read it this time because a friend and I are studying it together. It is a great introducThis is the third time I have read Living for God's Glory. I read it this time because a friend and I are studying it together. It is a great introduction to Reformed theology and piety. Beeke's chapters on holiness, marriage, and family have been very important to my walk with Christ. I especially appreciate this book because it's sole focus is not the five points of Calvinism. Instead, it demonstrates and explains that Reformed theology is a comprehensive God-centered worldview meant to be lived out by God's grace through faith for his glory....more