On Living Effective Lives in Terms of the Kingdom (Thurs. Oct. 6)

The word of the day is “futility.”  Today’s business climate puts a premium on efficiency.  Management models focus on ways to save time and energy to increase profits.  However, efficiency does not equal effectiveness.  One can be most efficient, but our work may not be worthwhile. Today in our reading of Ephesians 4:14-19, Paul warns his flock against living as other Gentiles do in the “futility of their mind” (vs. 17).  From the apostles’ spiritual point of view, the unbelieving citizens of the Roman empire are living unproductive and ineffective lives despite their efficiency.  Today we consider how we can avoid the entrapments of lifestyles that are empty of meaning or benefit to others.  We reflect on how we can live…

On Living Effective Lives in Terms of the Kingdom (Thurs. Oct. 14)

The word of the day is “futility.”[1] Today’s business climate puts a premium on efficiency.  Management models focus on ways to save time and energy to increase profits.  However, efficiency does not equal effectiveness.  One can be most efficient, but our work may not be worthwhile.  Today in our reading of Ephesians 4:14-19, Paul warns his flock against living as other Gentiles do in the “futility of their mind” (vs. 17).  From the apostles’ spiritual point of view, the unbelieving citizens of the Roman empire are living unproductive and ineffective lives despite their efficiency.  Today we consider how we can avoid the entrapments of lifestyles that are empty of meaning or benefit to others.  We reflect on how we can…