- The Way We Work: A Conversation with Dan Boone on Vocation and Sabbath-Keeping by The Table
- The Adventurous Creativity of Worship by Timothy R. Gaines
How does one live a holy life in an unholy job? If God is supposed to grant us the desires of our hearts, why are some of us stuck in unbearable working environments? We’ve heard about holiness in the marketplace; now who can tell us what that looks like? If you’ve ever asked any of those questions, Dan Boone wants to help you find the answers. His latest book, The Way We Work: How Faith Makes a Difference on the Job, explores ways to turn servitude into servanthood. The Table recently asked Dan why he thinks it’s a message we need to hear. For many years, Dan served as a pastor; and since 2005 he has been the president of Trevecca Nazarene College in Nashville, Tennessee. An effective communicator and speaker, he is the author of several books, most notably, Charitable Discourse: Talking About the Things That Divide Us, published in 2011 by Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City.
When I go to a restaurant with friends, sometimes we say, “Let’s eat Chinese style,” which is not necessarily a suggestion that we go for Asian food. What we mean by that phrase is, “Let’s all order something different, put everything in the middle of the table, and share.” In Western cultures, which tend to be highly individualistic, each person orders their own complete, self-contained meal. But in Asian cultures, which value community, we order as a group, and we all share in the bounty. Everyone gets a taste of everything.
At its best, group Bible study is like a shared meal in which we feast not on physical food but on the Word of God. We come with eager anticipation, having spent significant time preparing our hearts and minds to engage the Scriptures and the God who inspired them. When we come together, we understand that we are not only there to feed ourselves but also to feed each other. We don’t just eat off our own plates. We also get to sample what others have brought to the table. As we share personal insights, celebrate each other’s growth, and pray together, the whole body of Christ is nourished and strengthened.