Creativity and Kingdom

Jennifer Holmes Curan

READ : Romans 12 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (v. 2) We were made by the God whose creativity stretches from the oak tree to the platypus, the laws of thermodynamics to the sense of smell. Made in God’s image, we are creative creatures. At its best, our work allows …

Work as Gift

Jennifer Holmes Curan

READ : Genesis 2:5-17; 3:17-19 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it. (2:15) When the alarm buzzes on Monday mornings it can be tempting to lump our jobs together with Adam’s curse in Genesis 3. But despite the hassle, Genesis tells us that work is a gift, given before the fall. Adam and Eve’s work in the garden gives us a model for what life-giving work can …

Taking and Giving the Sabbath

Jennifer Holmes Curan

READ : Exodus 20:8-11 The seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. (v. 10) We are so blessed to serve a God who commands not backbreaking service or unceasing work but rest. God wants us to flourish. Years ago during seminary I had one …