What We're Reading - February 2016


Am I My City’s Keeper? A common Bible text to call people to serving their city is Jeremiah 29:7, “Seek the welfare (shalom) of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” But is serving our city’s social good enough? Is this the mission into which Christ calls His church? This article calls the Church to join Christ in His mission both to serve and to save the people of the city where we dwell. Ultimately, true human flourishing, true social good, comes through people being restored in their relationships with God, self, others, and creation. This happens when we labor both to declare the gospel that makes men new, and demonstrate the gospel as they ask the question, "Great, I'm saved! Now how do I feed my family?"

The Double Task of the Christian. A compelling excerpt from Francis Schaeffer on the double duty of the Christian to practice both God’s holiness and God’s love in tandem.

I, Smartphone. At BridgeBuilders, we believe God has given the market process as a tool to serve one another through our various gifts. This short, informative video demonstrates the global impact of a smartphone’s creation: utilizing the unique gifting of thousands of people and creating jobs in many different sectors all over the world.

What is financial independence ? Do we really want to be financially independent? A short but challenging read, from the Institute of Faith, Work, and Economics, examining the cultural definition of financial independence and then applying the “Is this actually biblical?” test to it.