The ‘Year of Jubilee’ first came to my attention through Ron Sider’s book ‘Rich Christians in an age of hunger’, published in 1978. It’s a challenging concept that, more recently, helped galvanise support for the Jubilee 2000 ‘Drop the debt’ campaign in persuading governments to reduce the debt burden on developing countries. In Leviticus 25 the Year of Jubilee is introduced along with a strong focus on redemptio Continue reading
Leviticus 25 – beginning with the first seven verses – A Sabbath for the land (Leviticus 25: 1-7)
The Genesis account of the Creation tells us that when God made humankind He gave us responsibility for what happened next with the created world. God then ‘stepped back’ and had a sabbath, or day of rest. Humankind’s first day was also this sabbath and some see significance in this for our well-being and work-life balance: that from our rested bodies and minds come our energy, passion and creativity. Then humankind’s relationships with God, with each other and with the environment went horribly wrong at the Fall. Continue reading
Biblical and biological inspiration for restoring a holistic understanding of business.
Stating that ‘Our God is a business God’ may seem a bit of a strange thing to say, especially on an environmental blog. But bear with me and let’s see if it merits being stated. I’ve attended three events in the past five weeks where organisations with a passion for mission helped us look at how business can be one major strategy or – in the case of one of these groups – the strategy, by which God’s love and truth, shown to us in Jesus, are made known. In contrast, business hardly gets a look in on most preaching and teaching schedules in our churches. And a theology of business is sadly lacking in Christian circles in the western ‘developed’ world. More generally, a theology of work, which can include how businesses treat their employees, has been developing in recent decades but even this gets little air time in sermons.