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White Horse Inn: Conversational Theology

Living Under God’s Pleasure: The Christian Employee

Is there a distinctly Christian way to go about our day jobs? In this episode of White Horse Inn, Michael Horton, Justin Holcomb, Bob Hiller, and Walter Strickland consider what makes our work valuable. They challenge the human tendency to search for ultimate significance and satisfaction in our work, pointing listeners to God’s design for believers to live out their vocations under God’s pleasure, in the power of the Spirit, and within the rhythms of work and rest that he provides.


Almighty God and Heavenly Father,

You declare your glory and show forth your handiwork in the heavens and on earth. Deliver us in our various vocations from the service of self alone, that we may do the work you give us to do in truth and beauty and for the common good for the sake of him who came among us. As one who serves your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever, Amen.

—The Book of Common Prayer

On This Episode:

  • Michael Horton is White Horse Inn’s founder and co-host. In addition to serving as a J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California, he is a minister in the United Reformed Churches. He is the author of more than 30 books.
  • Justin Holcomb is a Senior Fellow with Sola Media’s Theo Global. He also serves as a professor and Episcopal priest. He is the author or editor of more than 20 books.
  • Bob Hiller is the Senior Pastor of Community Lutheran Church in Escondido, California. He is also the author of Finding Christ in the Straw.
  • Walter Strickland is Assistant Professor of Systematic and Contextual Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has contributed to, edited, and authored multiple books in his areas of research interest, which include the African American theological tradition, education theory, and theology of work.

Recommended Resources:

What Do You Do For a Living?

by Justin Holcomb (read an excerpt here)

God at Work: The History and Promise of the Faith at Work Movement

by David W. Miller


by David Zahl

Generation Me: Why Today’s Young Americans Are More Confident, Assertive, Entitled—and More Miserable Than Ever Before

by Jean M. Twenge

“Soli Deo Gloria,” Modern Reformation (Nov/Dec 2012)

Check Out This Month’s Offers:

Free Download: By the Sweat of Our Brow

Every Waking Hour: An Introduction to Calling and Vocation for Christians

by Walter Strickland and Benjamin Quinn, available for a donation of any amount

Christless Christianity

by Michael Horton, available for a donation of any amount

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