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Make Good Tables

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.

Dorothy Sayers from her essay Why Work [full essay] as quoted in Every Good Endeavor [Amazon listing

Week Three - Further Reading

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

Why Work, by Dorothy Sayers
A charming, oft-quoted, and remarkably powerful essay on the relationship of faith and work. [Essay]. Excerpted from Sayers' book, Letters to a Diminished Church [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

Working Godward

[We] are called to take what God has made in all of its now-present falseness and remake it into something Godward and beautiful and Christ-honoring with a deep sense of fulfillment of who we are as created in the image of a maker.
— John Piper

In this brief interview with Pastor John Piper, he reflects on Dorothy Sayers' book Mind of the Maker (Amazon) and how it helped him to see all work as beginning with what God has made and seeking to remake it into something that honors him, just as Christ is remaking us. 

Artisans of the Common Good

photo from the Getty Images, via the NY Times

photo from the Getty Images, via the NY Times

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.   

Dorothy Sayers

[Work] should be looked upon, not as a necessary drudgery to be undergone for the purpose of making money, but as a way of life in which the nature of man should find its proper exercise and delight and so fulfill itself to the glory of God. That it should, in fact, be thought of as a creative activity undertaken for the love of the work itself; and that man, made in God’s image, should make things, as God makes them, for the sake of doing well a thing that is well worth doing.
— Dorothy Sayers, Why Work

The complete essay—entitled Why Work—has been posted on the Made To Flourish site.