The Commonweal Project is looking forward to the coming academic year here at Southern Seminary. Be on the lookout for our Lecture Lunches, Conference, Faculty/ Student Addresses, Christians in Business Dinners, and much more! We always have great speakers, resource giveaways, and free lunch. Join us as we explore and deeper our theology of faith, work, and human flourishing in 2016-2017!
A Biblical Theology of Human Flourishing
"A Biblical Theology of Human Flourishing"
In this theological white paper, Dr. Jonathan T. Pennington lays a much needed biblical foundation for human flourishing by tracing the concepts of peace, blessedness, and wholeness.
The idea of human flourishing is found throughout ancient and current philosophies, religions, and worldviews. "What is unique and what is revelational and authoritative for the Christian is that Holy Scripture understands human flourishing to be a function of God's redemptive work in the world, the very core of his relation toward his creatures." Pennington helps us see that true human flourishing is found only in God's kingdom, under his reign, through Jesus Christ. Download PDF here.
Lecture Lunch with Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
"Work to the glory of God"
Economics and work exist to glorify God, according to R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in a lecture for the school’s Commonweal Project.
Speaking from Genesis 1:28 and Genesis 3, Mohler explained how labor and work point to and fulfill God’s creation mandate. Labor brings about plenitude from poverty, he said, and Christians work to supply life-giving resources. Humans are to work, knowing that only God, though, creates perfectly and gives abundantly and infinitely. So Christians are to labor knowing that “our wealth is for kingdom expansion,” Mohler said. (news.sbts.edu | RuthAnne Irvin)