Workplace Character

Competition… ‘I always want to win’

‘The trouble with the rat race is that even when you win you’re still a rat’  Lily Tomlin Introduction Is competition God–given, and therefore fundamentally good?  Or a result of the fall and therefore fundamentally bad, or somewhere in-between? To what extent are you motivated by your competitive instincts in your workplace? Like ambition, competitiveness […]

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God at Work – You Tube channel

Ken Costa, author of God at Work: Living Every day with Purpose. Ken is an investment banker in the City of London, and has read The Financial Times and the Bible almost every day for thirty years. To Ken Costa, the God who created and sustains the world is also the God of the workplace. […]

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Monday Matters – Interview with Mark Bilton by CPX

Work, in one form or another, takes up a large chunk of our lives. Does Christian faith have anything to say to our experiences of success and fulfilment – or of boredom and failure – at work? Mark Bilton has been a CEO and director of several multinational companies, and has won awards for his […]

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The Gospel at Work – How do I handle difficult bosses and co-workers? (Chapter 7)

It would be hard to imagine any worker who has not been confronted with the issue of a difficult boss or a challenging co-worker.  No wonder the authors of The Gospel at Work (TGaW) devote a chapter to this pervasive workplace issue. I once had a boss (in a parachurch organisation) who would regularly say, “It’s the people […]

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The Gospel at Work – the King’s purposes in our work (Chapter 4)

Acknowledging that we are working for the King is one thing but the question remains, “What is the purpose of our work? Chapter 4 of The Gospel at Work (TGaW) explores multiple biblical perspectives with six motivations/purposes suggested: Work to love God: This is in obedience to loving God with all our heart, soul and mind (Matt […]

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Discipleship in the marketplace – Edmund Chan

Edmund Chan is coming to speak at the Queensland Baptist’s annual convention in April 2015.  Great to see he is already well tuned into the missional opportunities in the marketplace as outlined in this article. In summary, Chan identifies three paradigm shifts that need to take place for the marketplace movement to flourish: 1.  From marketplace […]

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Ambition – Catherine de Fontenay

In this honest, and at times amusing video (16:37), Associate Professor of Economics Catherine de Fontenay reflects on being a Christian and ambition in the workplace.    

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The Gospel at Work – Idleness in Work

Chapter 2 of The Gospel at Work explores the second way that we can experience work (having explored work as an idol in Chapter 1) Whereas idolatry is an over-identification with work, idleness is an under-identification with our work: We care too little about it and find ourselves being idle in our work.  Here’s a […]

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Taking Your Soul to Work – Neighbour Love (Chapter 25)

Neighbour-love: Experiencing the ability to meet the needs of others and to contribute to their well-being Neighbour love brings to a conclusion this trilogy of thoughts from Stevens and Ung.  We’ve looked at the soul-sapping struggle of envy and it’s corollary, the life giving fruit of the Spirit, kindness. Now we turn to the outcome that […]

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Taking Your Soul to Work – Kindness: Putting others at ease (Chapter 16)

Kindness – Putting others at ease by rejoicing in their gifts and achievements  “Envy (which we looked at in the last post) causes us to feel terrible when someone else is happy; kindness causes us to rejoice at the achievements of others.  Envy seeks to pull people down; kindness builds people up,” (p.107) As a […]

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