Author: Matt Perman

Productivity is Really About Good Works

There are lots of reasons to care about productivity — we might want to have less stress, we might want to get more done in less time, or we might simply find the subject interesting in itself. And those are all good reasons. But there are deeper, better reasons to care about productivity. There are, in fact, some amazing and incredible reasons to care about productivity that few people ever talk about. Chief among these reasons to care about productivity is this: Productivity is really about good works. That’s worth saying again: Productivity is really about good works — which we were created...

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Reconciling the Call to be Productive with the Messiness of Life

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers think through what discipleship is and how to embrace the Cross of Christ in all of life. Dave looked at learning the key to true contentment and joy in the Lord. Nick wrote on the three spiritual stages of a believer’s life. Dave wrote on the cross of Christ displayed in discipleship. Mathew Sims wrote on five integral reasons mature disciples of Christ need sleep. Dave wrote on the glory of the Cross displayed in daily following Christ in everyday life. Matt Perman wrote on Jesus’ absolute...

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Jesus’ Absolute Calls to Discipleship

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers think through what discipleship is and how to embrace the Cross of Christ in all of life. Dave looked at learning the key to true contentment and joy in the Lord. Nick wrote on the three spiritual stages of a believer’s life. Dave wrote on the cross of Christ displayed in discipleship. Mathew Sims wrote on five integral reasons mature disciples of Christ need sleep. Dave wrote on the glory of the Cross displayed in daily following Christ in everyday life. Today Matt Perman writes on Jesus’...

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All Work Is Equally Important and Is To Be Done For The Lord

It is an important truth that work in the marketplace is just as important as work in the church. Nonetheless, sometimes saying this doesn’t necessarily feel right. For example, we can easily think something like this: “But work in the church seems more directly connected with issues of eternal salvation, so how can that not be more important?” Part of the answer lies in recognizing that the gospel is not just about individual salvation, but also entails the renewal of all creation. So even the work we do in the secular arena is connected to God’s ultimate work of...

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Working Hard is Biblical

Sounds obvious. Most of the time when people think of a Christian view of work, they think “work hard and be honest.” This is so obvious we easily take it for granted. But what is the textual basis for working hard? Is it truly biblical, or just a Western idea that we’ve uncritically absorbed? It is indeed truly biblical. If the West is known for its work ethic, it is in part due to the influence of the Bible. Here are just a few texts, divided into two categories. 1. Paul worked hard, not only in his ministry but also...

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