Jubilee Professional 2018 Resources

Sabbath Articles

The Sabbath Ladder

By: Andy Crouch

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This chapter was taken out of Andy Crouch’s book, Playing God.

Taken from Playing God by Andy Crouch. Copyright © 2013 by Andy Crouch. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, P.O. Box 1400, Downers Grove IL 60515-1426. www.ivpress.com
Sleeping

By: Tish Harrison-Warrern

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This chapter was taken out of Tish Harrison Warren’s book, Liturgy of the Ordinary.

Taken from Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren. ©2017 by Tish Harrison Warren.  Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, P.O. Box 1400, Downers Grove  IL  60515-1426. www.ivpress.com

Vocation & Calling Articles

Getting Caught by Your Calling

By: Dan Allender

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Allender, D. B. (n.d.). Getting Caught By Your Calling. Retrieved from http://www.christianpsych.org/wp_scp/wp-content/uploads/getting-caught-by-your-calling-allender1.pdf
Mission & Outreach

By: Luke Brad Bobo & Skye Jethani

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This chapter was taken out of Luke Brad Bobo & Skye Jethani’s book, Discipleship with Monday in Mind.

Taken from Discipleship with Monday in Mind by Skye Jethani and Luke Bobo. ©2016 by Skye Jethani and Luke Bobo. Used by permission of Made to Flourish. www.madetoflourish.org
The Economics of Neighborly Love

By: Tom Nelson

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This chapter was taken out of Tom Nelson’s book, The Economics of Neighborly Love.

Taken from The Economics of Neighborly Love by Tom Nelson. Copyright © 2017 by Tom Nelson. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, P.O. Box 1400, Downers Grove IL 60515-1426. www.ivpress.com
It’s Time to Reintegrate Our Lives

By: Bob Robinson

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Check out Bob Robinson’s full book, Reintegrate Your Vocation with God’s Mission HERE. It is a fantastic resource for a book group or Bible study.

The Rhythm of Vocation: A Challenge to ‘Work-Life Balance’

By: Joseph Sunde, Acton PowerBlog

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It’s Time to Reintegrate Our Lives

My favorite cartoon characters of all time are those from Looney Tunes. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and Marvin the Martian never fail to crack me up. In one episode, Marvin points his “A-1 Disintegrating Pistol” at Daffy Duck, to which Daffy mockingly says, “Little does he realize that I have on my disintegration-proof vest!” Marvin fires the pistol and everything Daffy Duck is disintegrated, save for the vest, which floats in the air for a second before landing on the heap of ashes below. Porky Pig then comes running up with his “ACME Integrating Pistol,” which reconstitutes a confused and frustrated Daffy.

We instinctively know that God has made an incredible, integrated Creation. But we also know, sadly from too many difficult experiences, that things are not the way they’re supposed to be.

The reality of our experience is that life is dis-integrated, literally! We often feel that aspects of our lives, meant to be lived with joy and for the flourishing of all, have become a heap of ash – disintegrated, and all we have to cling to is our disintegration-proof vest (a lot of good that will do us!).

What we need is re-integrated.

As the story of Creation found in Genesis chapter 2 progresses, we read in verse 5 that there were two reasons why shrubs and plants had not yet appeared: (1) God had not yet sent rain, and (2) “there was no one to work the ground.”  God’s creational intention for humanity was that we were to work. This, it should be noted, is before the events recorded in Genesis 3, so work is not a consequence of the Fall.

A second, and very significant use of the word “work” is found in Genesis 2:15, “The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.”  The word translated “work” in both Genesis 2:5 and 2:15 is the Hebrew word ‘avad.

‘Avad appears many times in the Hebrew Old Testament. A study of the NIV discovers that the word can be translated into English various ways, depending on the context.

  • In The Ten Commandments, the word is used for our work week: “Six days you shall labor (‘avad) and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God.” Sabbath rest, so important for those of us who want to do good work for the Lord, comes after six days of work.
  • Earlier in the Exodus tale, God told Moses: “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship (‘avad) me.”  The Israelites’ days of bowing to Pharaoh were over; they would now be freed to worship the LORD.
  • Later, Joshua pronounced these famous words: “But as for me and my household, we will serve (‘avad) the LORD.”  Joshua exhorted God’s people to abandon serving other gods, and serve the LORD alone.

Wait a minute! This one (yes 1!) Hebrew word can be translated as worship AND work AND service? What’s going on here? Does God need to expand his vocabulary?

No, there is quite a profound lesson here: If this one word encompasses all these things, then what God wants for his people is for us to live lives that are totally integrated. All of our life is meant to be ‘avad!

However, because of our rebellion from God’s grand design, our lives have lost this integrity. We are complicit in our own dis-integration. Why do we tend to compartmentalize our lives – to see work as separate from service and separate from worship? How have you done this unintentionally?

I once was in the den of a friend of mine who is a very successful businessman. He had a whole wall of shelves filled with business and leadership books. Over near his desk, he had a shelf with a Bible and about a dozen popular Christian books.

I asked him, “How have you been able to integrate this wall of books with this shelf of books?”

He looked at me, stunned with the thought, and said, “I have no idea.”

He had been disintegrated and didn’t even know it. What about you? Our worldly culture as well as our church culture have both nurtured the idea that things like church, prayer, evangelism, Bible study, and missions are “sacred” or “holy,” while things like education, business, leisure, sports, arts & entertainment, government, and science & technology are “secular” or “profane.”

Let’s not let ourselves succumb to this dis-integration. Let’s re-integrate and proclaim, “It is ALL ‘AVAD!”

If you enjoyed this article, check out Bob Robinson’s group Bible study book, Reintegrate Your Vocation with God’s Mission.

The Significance of Play and Exploration: A Panel Conversation

The Play and Exploration Panel spoke at Jubilee Professional 2017. See what thoughtful and challenging speakers will be at Jubilee Professional 2018 HERE

What does the word “play” mean to you? Does play suggest only frivolity and nonsense, or could it have some greater purpose in our lives? Led by minister Dave Bindewald, the participants of the first ever Play and Exploration Cohort share how stepping into wonder and curiosity has transformed their perspectives on vocation, creativity, and flourishing.

Jubilee Professional is an annual, half-day conference to learn how to apply biblical truth to your everyday, professional life. It is brought to you by the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation and CCOand is part of the Jubilee Conference.

Photo and video credit: Andrew Rush

Cultural Engagement and the Next Generation: Dr. Greg Thornbury

Dr. Greg Thornbury spoke at Jubilee Professional 2017. See what thoughtful and challenging speakers will be at Jubilee Professional 2018 HERE

We need a new generation equipped to relentlessly pursue cultural engagement and stand toe-to-toe with the world, says Dr. Greg Thornbury, sixth President of the King’s College. Has the church been training up and shepherding the coming generation with this urgency, and do our young people have the tools to set forth the Word of Life in our cities? Explore these questions in Dr. Thornbury’s captivating talk.

Jubilee Professional is an annual, half-day conference to learn how to apply biblical truth to your everyday, professional life. It is brought to you by the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation and CCOand is part of the Jubilee Conference.

Photo and video credit: Andrew Rush

“Thy Will Be Done” in Community Transformation: Dr. John Wallace

Dr. John Wallace spoke at Jubilee Professional 2017. See what thoughtful and challenging speakers will be at Jubilee Professional 2018 HERE

What does it look like to redeem our neighborhoods for the kingdom of God? Dr. John Wallace works as both a professor at the University of Pittsburgh and a pastor in Pittsburgh’s Homewood neighborhood. Dr. Wallace shares how his church practically lives out “thy kingdom come, thy will be done” for his hometown community, in the spheres of education, enterprise, art, and commerce.

Jubilee Professional is an annual, half-day conference to learn how to apply biblical truth to your everyday, professional life. It is brought to you by the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation and CCOand is part of the Jubilee Conference.

Photo and video credit: Andrew Rush

The Shared Story of Civil Rights: Dr. Todd Allen

Dr. Todd Allen spoke at Jubilee Professional 2017. See what thoughtful and challenging speakers will be at Jubilee Professional 2018 HERE.

As a college student, Dr. Todd Allen was shocked by the unfamiliarity of his peers with the history of the Civil Rights Movement, which had been so meaningful to his education. Now, college professor Dr. Allen has devoted his life’s work to communicating those stories and promoting the understanding that these stories belong to us all.

Jubilee Professional is an annual, half-day conference to learn how to apply biblical truth to your everyday, professional life. It is brought to you by the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation and CCOand is part of the Jubilee Conference.

Photo and video credit: Andrew Rush

Making Art for Others: Justin McRoberts

Justin McRoberts performed at Jubilee Professional 2017. See what thoughtful and challenging speakers will be at Jubilee Professional 2018 HERE

Through his music and words, pastor and singer-songwriter Justin McRoberts uses the seeds of his creative passion to encourage and to challenge the community in which he has been planted. In this musical session, he reflects on themes of community, faithfulness, and vocation.

Jubilee Professional is an annual, half-day conference to learn how to apply biblical truth to your everyday, professional life. It is brought to you by the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation and CCOand is part of the Jubilee Conference.

Photo and video credit: Andrew Rush

Equipping Women for Whole-Life Mission: Katelyn Beaty

Katelyn Beaty spoke at Jubilee Professional 2017. See what thoughtful and challenging speakers will be at Jubilee Professional 2018 HERE

What would it look like if the women in our midst understood themselves as full image-bearers of God and sought to live on mission for the kingdom? Katelyn Beaty, author and editor at large of Christianity Today, delineates both the barriers which women face in this pursuit and the powerful potential for women to rule and reign over culture.

Jubilee Professional is an annual, half-day conference to learn how to apply biblical truth to your everyday, professional life. It is brought to you by the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation and CCOand is part of the Jubilee Conference.

Photo and video credit: Andrew Rush

When Medicine Pursues Human Flourishing: Rev. Dr. Daniel Hall

Dr. Dan Hall at Jubilee Professional 2017. See what thoughtful and challenging speakers will be at Jubilee Professional 2018 HERE

Meet the Rev. Dr. Daniel Hall, a general surgeon with the University of Pittsburgh and an ordained priest. From a young age, Dr. Hall found himself called into both the church and the hospital, studying the rich intersection of medicine and theology. Walk along with Dr. Hall as he tells his story and explores how he believes medicine can contribute the “thickness” of flourishing.

Jubilee Professional is an annual, half-day conference to learn how to apply biblical truth to your everyday, professional life. It is brought to you by the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation and CCOand is part of the Jubilee Conference.

Photo and video credit: Andrew Rush

Finding Your Place as an Estuarian: Doug Wilson

Doug Wilson spoke at Jubilee Professional 2017. See what thoughtful and challenging speakers will be at Jubilee Professional 2018 HERE

How do you experience the world around you? How does that impact the life that you live? Doug Wilson, chairman of Monon Capital LLC, introduces a new method of “orthogonal” thinking about your place in the world. Wilson employs new language of “kayaking” and “estuarying” as a way of living that helps others experience the world as it ought to be every day.

Jubilee Professional is an annual, half-day conference to learn how to apply biblical truth to your everyday, professional life. It is brought to you by the Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation and CCOand is part of the Jubilee Conference.

Photo and video credit: Andrew Rush