NIV faith and work Bible, Edited by David H. Kim
How does one integrate their faith with the working world? What is the proper way a Christian lives in the chaotic state of white collar, blue collar, and no collar work? The new faith and work Bible (NIV) is a Bible designed to help those through the path of work and faith. Edited by David H. Kim, who is a Pastor of Faith and Work at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC (think Tim Keller), David is uniquely equipped to help guide those wanting a more cohesive understanding of faith amidst work.
One of the fascinating features of this NIV faith and work Bible is doctrinal sections that bring together theological truths with personal stories of those in different kinds of workforces. In the section on The Fall, the section reads, “Not only is our work marked by toil and frustration as a result of the fall, it is also tainted by our particular sins (13-14).” In this same section, a civil service employee explains his role in helping the federal government stop illicit activity like drug rings and human and drug trafficking. The author goes onto point out that although sin has a pervasive influence in society, Christ is the answer for the person in a dire situation.
Another significant aspect of this bible is the short introductions at the beginning of each biblical book. What makes these intros valuable? For one, as we see in Isaiah, the editor states that, “Over and again, Isaiah tells us about God’s glory and majesty – how wonderful and awesome is he. These themes help us to see that we were created to give God glory in everything we do, especially in our work, since it is a key way of imitating God our Creator (819).” The glory of God shines in Isaiah 6 and is part of the glory of the new creation in the latter chapters of Isaiah’s prophecy. Our work is definitely a way to bring glory right back to where it should be, to God alone.
I also really enjoyed that the text of the NIV here was a bit bigger than normal. I know you will appreciate this version of the NIV as much as I do.
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