The church’s approach to an intelligent carpenter is usually confined to exhorting him to not be drunk and disorderly in his leisure hours and to come to church on Sundays. What the church should be telling him is this: that the very first demand that his religion makes upon him is that he should make good tables.
Listed below are several of the books (and an essay) Bryan mentioned in this week's sermon:
Every Good Endeavor, by Tim Keller
A widely praised book on Faith & Work [Amazon]
Growing Leaders, by James Lawrence
The "Cycle of Grief" which Bryan explained, and Jon Parrish has recently used as well, is explained in this book on Christian leadership. [Amazon]
Start With Why, by Simon Sinek
Simon's 18 minute TED Talk on How Great Leaders Inspire Action is the third most watched TED talk ever and summarizes the importance of starting with why. His book elaborates. [Amazon]
How Would Jesus Drive? is the title of a recent piece by NY Times columnist David Brooks, based on the New Years Eve homily from Pope Francis. Technically, this isn't about faith and work. (Unless you work as a driver. Or ever drive to do your work. Or drive to get to work. Okay, it probably relates to work for all of us.) But the key points here are in how our faith, the things we believe to be true about the God, about humans, and about how we should live, are evident in everything we do. Most of us drive more often than we preach. And most of us do it without thinking about what our driving preaches.