God’s Surprising Help in our Vocations

When you think about the work of the Holy Spirit, what comes to mind? We rightly connect his work to our faith in Jesus, our transformation, sanctification and spiritual gifting. These are prominent themes in the Scriptures. There is another dimension to his work: equipping us vocationally. The Spirit is deeply interested in giving us […]

Contaminated By Responsible Action

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a theologian positioned in a challenging historical situation. As a Christ-follower, pastor and professor he wrestled with the dynamic of Hitler’s dictatorship and the terror of the Holocaust. What must a responsible disciple of Christ do in such an impossible context? Many turned a blind eye to the situation and plugged their ears. […]

Vocation and Work

The doctrine of vocation is a natural lead into a discussion on work. Work is one facet of vocation. It is one context where God calls an individual to worship him, serve his neighbor, provide for his family, utilize his heart, head, and hands  and  benefit humanity. Robert Barnett is a pastor who teaches a […]

Gospel and Vocation

Like any other doctrine, vocation must be brought into dialogue with the gospel to grasp its depths and beauty. I have chosen only a few conversation points between them. I want to look at vocation through a Trinitarian lens, gospel shaped vocation, and gospel need in vocation. The Vocation of the Triune God When we […]

Salvation by Vocation (2)

In the last post, I argued that God uses the common stations of life to work his saving grace in us. We saw that God uses child rearing uniquely in the life of women. His saving concern is also lavished on men in their work place and in their homes. Every station of life is […]

Salvation by Vocation (1)

At the outset, let me say that I believe that salvation is the gift of God accomplished for us by the Triune God. We add nothing to his saving grace. The provocative title of this post is intended to draw the doctrine of vocation into the orbit of how God works out his saving purposes […]

Implications of the Doctrine of Vocation

In the last two posts, we focused on defining the doctrine of vocation and exploring its focus on the neighbor. I think it is important to think through some of the implications that follow from grasping and applying this doctrine to our lives. From my perspective, the ripple effect of these truths are quite liberating […]

Vocation and Neighbor

In the last post, we sought to define the doctrine of vocation. We saw that the language of vocation/calling was a technical term during the Reformation era for clergy. Luther took this language and applied it to every station in life thus destroying the distinction between sacred and secular, holy and mundane. Vocation teaches that […]

Defining the Doctrine of Vocation

The doctrine of vocation is yet another imprint left by the reformation. I have benefited greatly from thinking and studying about this reformation gem. I encourage you to take a season of time to immerse yourself in this topic if you have not done so. I am pretty certain you will not regret it. In […]