Category Archives: Everyday Theology

Faith that works – studies in James

By Brian Edgar

Today, with rapid scientific, technological and cultural developments the ethical challenges we face mean we can find ourselves off the known ethical map and facing unknown dangers. And where will we find the right direction? Read More »

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The church and workplace ministry

I never knew what a loss adjuster was until my after-church conversation with Max. I asked what he did for a living and was mystified by the idea of being ‘a loss adjuster’.  But it made sense as he explained it. A loss adjuster is an independent assessor of the loss incurred by an insured business after, say, a fire has occurred. Insurance covers the business for physical losses and for loss of income while out of action. But calculating depreciation on factories and plant and the actual looses involved in the time before the business re-opens is a complex matter and it is easy for insurance companies and their clients to differ. A loss adjuster takes into account all sorts of factors including seasons and sale patterns, alternative sources, the condition of the factory and so on.

But what was really difficult, as Max explained it, was the ethical dilemma Read More »

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Faith-sharing in professional practice

By Brian Edgar

How should Christians who are professionals – specifically, in this case, health professionals share their faith? Of course, being a pastor or theologian is a very different experience, so my words have to be assessed in that light although I did become personally familiar with these issues over some years in the so-called ‘secular’ workforce. Read More »

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Time for God: the stewardship of time

By Brian Edgar

We tend to take space and time for granted, as basic categories of human existence. They exist as the framework of the world in which we live and observing the detail, the form, the structure and the significance of such basic elements is not easy.

Usually they are the means by which we analyse objects which exist in space and events which occur in time, rather than being themselves entities and events to be investigated and examined. It is easier to comprehend the objects which exist in space than the space in which the objects exist and it is a more straight forward process to analyse the movement or the change which occurs to entities than to examine the time or duration through which that change occurs.

Yet it is, obviously, of the utmost significance that to be human is to exist in time and space and to be conditioned by those realities. Read More »

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God next door – Holt

By Brian Edgar

Isn’t it ironic when the single most recognised Christian responsibility to others – ‘to love your neighbour as yourself’ – is generalised as a command to love everyone, and has little reference to real neighbours in the same street who remain virtually anonymous except for the occasional greeting.  And what does it mean for our understanding of ‘loving neighbour’ when churches replace locality references (like ‘West Croydon’) with more catchy names that reflect a certain ethos rather than a locality? The creation of churches that are ‘regional’ or ‘city’ focused or which are established in less communal settings, such as factory complexes also has the effect of diminishing any focus on local communities. Read More »

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