The Faith in Business Blog (FiBBlog) contains short occasional articles and reflections. For our regular weekly blog, go to 'God on Monday' below. Other FiBBlog reflections can be found by scrolling further down.
God on Monday
God on Monday is the original title of Faith in Business when it was founded around 30 years ago. Now it serves as the name of a short reflection we release on Mondays.
Launched in response to the COVID-19 crisis, it aims to nurture everyday faith during a time in which our everyday lives have been turned upside down. The plans are for it to continue for as long as the pandemic lasts.
I look forward to more of Dr Peter Heslam’s God on Monday reflections. They are thoughtful and topical and help me to bring the wisdom of the Gospel into my business life. Peter is one of very few contemporary theologians able to do this. His insight helps me meet the demands of running a business.
James Holden, CEO in marketing & ordained Church of England minister.
Currently, God on Monday is running a series in which our Director, Peter Heslam, focuses on our theme for 2021: personal and corporate purpose.
God on Monday is an encouraging resource for business leaders, based on the Word of God. I enjoy reading them, as they help me gain a ‘God perspective’ on the challenges I face on my entrepreneurial journey. Thank you Peter – I’m looking forward to more.
Camelle ilona Daley, founder-CEO of House of ilona & author of
Finding Divine Flow.
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The purpose of life is joy, and the key to joy is love. What does this mean for our ordinary everyday lives?
Did you know that Jesus likens himself to a business owner? Check out here what he meant by this analogy. In this reflection, Peter Heslam suggests how our purpose can be shaped by a God who exercises unlimited liability towards human beings.
'Dare to be a Daniel!' The biblical story on which this song is based inspired Peter Heslam from an early age to live a purpose-driven life characterized by what he calls 'holy worldliness'.
A former Prince Consort once said 'find out the will of God for your day and generation and then, as quickly as possible, get into line’. How can this injunction, reflected in a beer called Guinness, stimulate our purpose?
Charles Wesley's poetic line 'Love's redeeming work is done' gets Peter Heslam asking what the biblical theology it is based on means for ordinary everyday life.
The world is good because of the goodness of God. But all areas of life are marred by the fall. This is exemplified in the story of the Suez Canal and of the final week of Jesus' earthly life.
Our lives have been stripped of many of the things we enjoy. But what really matters? Only one thing, say the Psalmist and Jesus. Read on to discover what that is. It will help you know if you are leading a purposeful life.
The difference in productivity between workers engaged in the same task can reflect the extent to which they grasp their organization's purpose. To help explain this, Peter Heslam introduces the idea of the Purpose Quotient (PQ).
Can mothers in the bible offer any inspiration to the contemporary workplace? This piece reflects on how Mary and Hannah nurtured their sons in their three-fold call of prophet, priest and king. It suggests all three are echoed in Colossians 3.12-17.
Why does the bible contain so many commandments? Do they have any purpose in today's workplace? Peter Heslam highlights the importance churches have attached to them through the ages. But he now finds greater appreciation of them in business circles.
One way to understand the bible story is through the notion of covenant - a personal, unbreakable promise based on trust. But what relevance does this have to corporate purpose today? Peter Heslam reflects on this question with the help of a case study.
Finding our purpose is not about looking within but beyond ourselves. Many purpose-driven people find their purpose in the purposes of God. For the coming 40 days, why not consider your purpose by considering what God's purposes are for your workplace?
Finding our life purpose is generally a process, rather than a one-off event. But even if we were to discover it in an instant, how can we stay true to it, given the many distractions of contemporary life?
Healthcare professionals are in the media spotlight. The most well-known healthcare professional in the bible is a gentle gentile doctor called Luke. We don't know much about him. But we do know his purpose, which can also be ours. Read on to learn more.
God loves variety and diversity. Every human is uniquely designed by God and has a purpose no one else can fulfil. How will this truth impact the way you lead? Welcome to the third instalment in Peter's God on Monday reflections on 'purpose'.
Inspired by C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Peter Heslam reflects imaginatively on Advent. He compares the pandemic to Narnia under the White Witch. And he suggests that the arrival of the vaccine is a sign that Aslan is on the move.
This pandemic proves how much we all need business. Take, for instance, the vaccine. It has not been provided by charity, nor government, nor even the NHS. It has come from business. Or, more specifically, from companies like Moderna and BioNTech.
Other FiBBlog reflections
The 20 most recent of our other blog posts are listed below:
A tiny virus has proved able to bring the global economy almost to a standstill.
Paul‘s epistles were written, in the main, from and to situations of lockdown. For this reason, they take on new resonance in the midst of our current pandemic.
The Salvation Army Food Bank crisis we highlighted recently on LinkedIn underlines the relevance of the story of manna in the wilderness (Exodus 16).
In this article, Peter Heslam introduces the notion of ‘work as worship’. Reflecting on the downfall of the man widely regarded as the world's greatest business leader, he offers a vision that will radically change both your work and your worship.
Originally, a gig was a spear for catching fish. Then it was a boat, then a horse-drawn carriage, then a punishment, and then a rock concert, then a unit of digital information.
My attention to this passage was drawn by its mention at a recent Salt conference. (Salt is the fast emerging Christian Aid business network). One workshop focused on the plight of people living and working in conditions of economic slavery...
There are times when work seems futile. Like the fishermen in John 21, we ‘catch nothing’. But Jesus changed all that. This story raises the question whether we look for the resurrection power of Jesus to be evident in our places of work.
God in Christ has reconciled everything. This includes the mighty forces that wield formidable power in the world, as well as flawed material products.
Jesus’ friendship with tax collectors caused controversy because they did ‘dirty work’. At the present time their mantle has passed to bankers. Christians need to rethink their attitudes – and so do bankers – in the light of Jesus’ friendship.
Right at the start of his ministry Jesus set out his mission statement: good news to the poor, release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, freedom for the oppressed. This remains an inspiration for many business people today.
Some individuals play the role of toxic handlers in organisations, mediating between different parts but soaking up a lot of flak. This is precisely what Jesus did in the most important episode of his work on earth – his death on the cross.
In the opening verses of Romans 12 Paul offers three priceless pieces of advice which are of crucial relevance for Christians in the workplace.
This reflection was originally written for the SALT Business Network (Christian Aid).
When he rested from his work of creation, God pronounced it very good. We should use our Sabbath rest to look back over the week’s work and take satisfaction in it.
Bezalel and Oholiab were craftsmen working on the tabernacle. God filled them with his Spirit, equipped them for their work and inspired them to be creative. God calls all manner of people to perform crucial tasks in his service.
Hiram of Tyre’s provision of timber for the making of Solomon’s temple and palace is an instructive study in managing the supply chain. It worked well, due to a background of friendship, a balance of power, and a focus on delighting the customer...
Tyre was a formidable trading centre in Old Testament times. Yet it became proud and over-reached itself. Careful study of Ezekiel 26-28 can help the West to attain a God-given understanding of its current situation.
Jeremiah’s purchase of a field when Jerusalem was under siege seemed to make no commerical sense, but it was a powerful prophetic gesture. Investments which are long-term, made on others’ behalf and carried out in obedience to God may have the ...
The virtuous wife of Proverbs 31 is a true entrepreneur, displaying many remarkable characteristics. Today she is a particular source of inspiration to black Christian businesswomen.
The worldwide artificial intelligence (AI) revolution is on its way. Once the preserve of science fiction, its impact is likely to be so radical and pervasive it amounts to a new industrial revolution.