Faith and Work

Our mission is to build Kingdom culture in the workplace so why would we offer courses on the Bible, theology, and literature? What in the world does that have to do with working in an office, fixing a car engine, or talking to a customer.

Our faith and our work are integrated. We worship at the beginning of each week on the Lord’s Day and are commissioned to faithfully fulfill our vocations to the glory of the Lord. Throughout the week our labor brings forth either fruit or thistles which we bring to house of the Lord to be evaluated. Our work and our worship are intimately connected.

Biblical Interpretation

In our Epiphany term (starting January 2022), Dr. Peter Leithart of the Theopolis Institute will be teaching a class on biblical interpretation. Check out his essay on the importance of reading the Bible with the aid of models and mentors.

“How did you learn to speak? Did your parents lock you in isolation for a year or two until you gained linguistic competence? Were you alone as you prepared to unleash yourself on other speakers? Did your parents give you a handbook of speech, full of enumerated rules, and expect you to figure it out? If so, congratulations! You’re the first of your kind.

We may have a biological or genetic predisposition toward language. But we learn actual languages by being spoken to and by learning to speak back. We learn to speak in communion. Our drive to speak arises from a desire for communion. Speech deepens and sustains communion. Conversation is the ground in which our created capacity for language becomes fruitful. As in God, Word and Breath are the bond of our communion.

How did you learn to read? Were you locked in your first-grade cubicle and sternly warned not to come out until you were ready? Probably not, unless Dickens’s Mr. M’Choakumchild was your primary school teacher. You learned to read the way you learned to speak—through parents who read to you and teachers who taught you to recognize letters and to string letters into words and words into sentences, paragraphs, Facebook posts, and, finally, books. You learned to read because you had models and mentors—people who showed you how to read by reading, people who peered over your shoulder to guide your reading, to correct misreading, and to commend your right readings.

We learn to read well in the same way. You don’t become an intelligent or insightful reader in an isolation chamber. Textbooks and rules can help, but books and rules have severe limitation (see below). Sometimes rulebooks are counter-productive since they can seduce us into thinking reading is a mechanical process: Stuff the right ingredients in one end, and sausage will come out the other.

Too many hermeneutics books try to teach by giving rules for reading. To read Scripture well, you need models and mentors. You need to watch or read or hear people reading well and learn to mimic them. You need a mature reader standing beside your shoulder to tell you what you’re doing right and what you’re doing wrong, until you learn to hear with his ears and see with his eyes.”

I highly encourage you to continue reading this excellent essay here: Models, Mentors, and Rules of Reading.

This understanding of reading the Scriptures is aligned with our goals at Cornerstone Work & Worldview Institute to integrate our course modules and job-skills training with mentors overseeing and guiding our students on how to faithfully fulfill our shared mission to build Kingdom culture in the workplace.

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