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Faith and Work Resources
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La hoja de ruta del Jubileo by Guy Brandon
La hoja del ruta del Jubileo
Book Description: 

"La hoja de ruta del Jubileo: Principios biblicos para contruir la sociedad del siglo XXI" is the spanish version of "The Jubilee Roadmap: Finding our way in the 21st Century" by Guy Brandon.  This book is published and sold by Andamio for 3,00 €.

¿Cómo deberíamos vivir los cristianos nuestro llamamiento a la fe en las distintas áreas de la vida, manteniéndonos fieles a la Palabra, centrados en la tarea misionera de la Iglesia, sin separar lo espiritual de lo secular y de forma coherente en una sociedad poscristiana?

El libro resume la respuesta de Jubilee Centre a ese reto. Está basada en la convicción de que todo aquello que parta de las premisas propias del individualismo, que es el principio dominante en Occidente, hará imposible entender lo que la Biblia nos dice acerca de la sociedad actual. Pero, si leemos la Palabra centrándonos en las relaciones y en el énfasis que Jesús hizo en Mateo 22:37-40, empezaremos a ver cómo se puede hacer frente a las cuestiones sociales, económicas y políticas de nuestro tiempo.

La hoja de ruta del Jubileo plantea dos modos alternativos de examinar ocho temas crucialesLa familia, la propiedad, la comunidad, el gobierno, las finanzas y la economía, el trabajo y el ocio, y el bienestar social y la justicia. Desde una de esas perspectivas, lo que prima es el individualismo, mientras que desde la otra, desde luego la menos frecuente, es el de tener en cuenta lo social y las relaciones justas y constructivas en comunidad.

Aunque breve en extensión, esta introducción a temas tan actuales aporta una perspectiva cristiana sugerente, a la vez que madura y sabia, para poder ser verdadera sal y luz en la tierra. 

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El Gran Abismo by Mark Greene
El Gran Abismo
Book Description: 

"El Gran Abismo. La separación entre lo sagrado y lo secular: el mayor desafío que enfrenta la iglesia" can be purchased from Andamio for 3,00 €.

John Stott dijo una vez:
“No podemos echar la culpa a la carne de que se pudra. El pudrirse está en su naturaleza. Pero sí que se puede culpar a la sal por no estar ahí cumpliendo su cometido”.

La auténtica cuestión será entonces: ¿es la propia iglesia la que está poniendo barreras al evangelio?

¿Cómo es que un 50 por ciento de los creyentes afirman no haber oído nunca un sermón sobre la ética en el trabajo? Y, de ser eso verdad, ¿cómo es que no lo han solicitado en su iglesia?

La raíz del problema está en una idea equivocada respecto a Dios. El antídoto es una comprensión renovada del verdadero carácter y propósitos de Dios en Cristo, y la constancia en la aplicación de esa comprensión a todas las áreas de la vida cristiana.

Puedes ver más información de este material en la microsite de El Gran Abismo

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Y tú, de mayor, ¿qué quieres ser? by David Ortega Ibáñez
Y tú, de mayor, ¿qué quieres ser?
Book Description: 

"Y tú, de mayor, ¿qué quieres ser? 25 claves para acceder al mundo laboral" by David Ortega Ibáñez. Available to purchase from Andamio for 15,00 €.  Ebook is available from AmazonKoboTodoebook and ReadOnTime

¿Cómo encontrar mi vocación? ¿Cuál es la mejor opción para completar mis estudios? ¿Cómo realizar un currículum vitae? ¿Qué hacer ante el desempleo? ¿Cómo enfrentarme a una entrevista de trabajo? ¿Qué espera mi jefe de mí?

Son preguntas que nos asaltan y generan tensión no únicamente al inicio de nuestra carrera profesional, sino que muy probablemente, estarán presentes en muchos momentos a lo largo de nuestra vida.

Todos nos enfrentamos a la dura tarea de tomar decisiones cuando terminamos los estudios, cuando nos despiden, cuando queremos cambiar de trabajo… Muchas veces vamos perdidos, sin saber muy bien dónde encontrar orientación y qué pasos seguir.

Este libro habla de nuestros miedos, de nuestros valores, de nuestra valentía para afrontar los retos con ilusión, de cómo poder descubrir nuestra auténtica identidad y ser personas significativas y relevantes en esta sociedad del siglo XXI que nos ha tocado vivir.

“Es un libro práctico y muy positivo que da unas claves muy útiles a los jóvenes que se enfrentan a uno de los primeros momentos de la verdad de su vida profesional. Es un libro que habla de comunicación y la comunicación es, ante todo y por encima de la información, pasión y sentimiento. Es decir, verdad”. Adolf Todó. Director General de Caixa Catalunya. (Autor del libro: El gran horizonte)

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Creation and Redemption Resources
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Luna Juice Bar: Fueling Recovery, Impacting Community by Rodolpho Carrasco
This is an article by Rudy Carrasco in PartnersWorldwide.org's blog
"The woman behind Luna Juice Bar embodies her unique name – Summer Shine – but that wasn’t always the case.

A few years ago, Shine was homeless in New Orleans with a husband about to leave her, a son who wouldn’t take her calls, and a mother who was planning her funeral..."

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Spirituality and Work Resources
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The Church and The Marketplace by Steve Brinn
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The Church and the Marketplace:

Naming the Reality and the Challenge

Steve Brinn

An Unhealthy Détente

Over the past 37 years, as several close friends worked faithfully in church and para-church positions, my own journey unfolded in the marketplace. I practiced law, managed a real estate and resource investment company, operated a 3500-acre ranch and currently am leading a medical imaging software start-up. All along the way I have struggled to keep my faith vitally connected to my labors.

I am hardly alone in this: far more saints report every day to work outside the church than inside it. It is true that women and men in all vocations (including priesthood) face the same daily challenge – holding fast to hope in Christ and showing up for work with eyes open, without despair. Yet this common struggle, to approach daily labor with hope though the world groans for salvation, almost always is more difficult for the working laity than it is for their shepherds, for several reasons.

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Soul by R. Paul Stevens
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In everyday conversation the word soul can mean at least two things: (1) a precious human person (as in “Two hundred souls were lost in the plane crash”) and (2) the eternal or immortal part of a human being, an incorruptible core (as in “We commit the body to the grave knowing that she still lives in her soul”). We will see that the first is actually closer to biblical truth than the second (compare Acts 27:37 KJV). In the Bible soul and spirit are sometimes used interchangeably to speak of the interior of persons, especially in their longings for relationship with God. Add to this confusion one more word: the universal word heart as a metaphor for the motivating center of a person. This complex use of words reflects the contemporary confusion about what makes human beings “tick” and what constitutes a spiritual person. Gaining a biblical view of soul is important for several everyday matters: a healthy and holy sexuality, the nature of true spirituality, how we are to treat our bodies, why we have spiritual conflict and what happens at death. The Old and New Testaments use a wide range of terms to describe the way human beings are made, and these must now be considered.

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Sayings of the Desert Fathers by Alvin Ung
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Sayings of the Desert Saints: Perspectives on Work

From The Desert Fathers, Sayings of the Early Christian Monks,

trans. Benedicta Ward (London: Penguin, 2003)

compiled by Alvin Ung

p.5 #11

A brother asked a hermit, ‘Tell me something good that I may do it and live by it.’ The hermit said, ‘God alone knows what is good. But I have heard that one of the hermits asked great Nesteros, who was a friend of Anthony, ‘What good work shall I do?’ and he replied, ‘Surely all works please God equally? Scripture says, Abraham was hospitable and God was with him; Elijah loved quiet and God was with him; David was humble and God was with him.’ So whatever you find you are drawn to in following God’s will, do it and let your heart be at peace.

When you desire to follow God’s will, you can do whatever work you want (be it with people or in quiet).

p.5 #12

Poemen said, ‘To be on guard, to meditate within, to judge with discernment: these are the three works of the soul.’

Doing work for the inner life requires watchfulness, meditation and discernment.

p.10 #9

In Scetis a brother went to Moses to ask for advice. He said to him, ‘Go and sit in your cell, and your cell with teach you everything.’

Solitude is the crucible for transformation and learning.

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Organizational Values by R. Paul Stevens
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In organizational life, values determine what is cherished and important and how an organization is shaped and managed. The human body operates on blood; an organization operates on values, whether good or bad. Ideally these values are thoughtfully conceived and clearly stated in a document that can be read by members of the organization and recipients of the organization’s service. Sometimes the real functioning values of an organization are in conflict with the advertised ones. So the process of getting people to clarify what values are actually operating and what values should be foundational is one of the most important exercises that can be undertaken in organizational life.

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New Financial Twists by Steve Brinn
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New Financial Twists, Same Old Fallen World

Steve Brinn

Boeing makes cruise missiles, as well as airplanes.  Is an investment in its common stock sinful?  What about day trading?  How much current income should we stash in a retirement account before giving more than a tithe to the church? Are we responsible, in the eyes of God, if the managers of our pension fund invest in unjust enterprises? Is it a trespass to borrow money using multiple credit cards to keep rolling the sum over?  What about making money by selling short?

These questions illustrate why thoughtful Christians can feel overwhelmed today by issues concerning investment.  Many specific quandaries we face simply weren't present during Christ's life on earth. Still we believe God gives us all the guidance we need to faithfully work through both old and new questions regarding financial stewardship. 

Here is a survey of some of that guidance for pilgrims facing new financial twists and turns in the same old fallen world.

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My Paddles Keen and Bright by R. Paul Stevens
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My Paddle’s Keen and Bright: A Reflection on Canoeing in Canada

R. Paul Stevens is Professor Emeritus of Marketplace Theology, Regent College. He is married to Gail, who canoes from the bow, has thee married children and eight grandchildren.

My paddle’s keen and bright,

Flashing with silver,

Swift as the wild goose flies,

Dip, dip and swing.

At an international party outside Lijiang, the ancient cross-roads of the Silk Road in Yunnan Province China, each person was asked to sing a song from their homeland. Will we sing our national anthem? (A cartoon once showed Canadians singing the anthem with the first line in bold large type and then trailing off in smaller and smaller type until there was nothing coming out of their mouths!) Gail, my wife, and I decided, after a brief conference, on a canoeing song. “My Paddle’s keen and bright / Flashing with silver / Swift as the wild goose flies / Dip, dip, and swing.” The song itself, which we both learned at Pioneer Camp in Ontario as young teenagers, has a rhythm that is evocative of the spiritual journey. It was at that camp that my love for the Canadian canoe and canoeing was birthed. There I learned the “J” stroke, the draw, the circle stroke and the Indian stroke. Now, to be politically correct, it should be called the First Nations stroke—it is a marvellous twist of the paddle so you never remove it from the water enabling you to move forward soundlessly. This amazing craft opened up our vast land of rivers and lakes. One forty pound canoe can carry two adults and a load of gear, and can be portaged over the head by one person with paddles lashed to the thwarts to rest, uneasily to be sure, on the shoulders of the canoeist.

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