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Testing Faith in the Workplace – Audio

July 4, 2012
04 Jul 2012

Below you will find audio links for a series of four talks by Graham Hooper. In each talk, Graham reflects on how our faith is tested at work: through failure, success, accountability and relationships.

 

Graham Hooper is a senior Executive with a global infrastructure company. He became a Christian in his early twenties while living in Tanzania and has spent his life working in the secular world. His career has taken him to some twenty countries. Graham is based in Australia and is currently working in the Middle East. He is married with three children and has 8 grandchildren.

His book ‘The Gap’ (working title), which addresses the challenge of living authentically as a Christian, is to be published by IVP in 2012.

 

Introduction to the series

When I first became a Christian in my 20’s, I was told that to grow in the faith I needed to pray, to read God’s word and to join a church. It all sounded pretty simple. What I was not told, but what I have since learned, is that we also grow through facing difficult issues, and taking on difficult challenges, and through learning to rely on God rather just on our own resources. I’ve learned that our faith is strengthened as it is continually tested, particularly in the workplace.

  • it’s tested when we have to deal with failure
  • it’s tested in a different way when we enjoy success
  • it’s tested in living out day to day our accountability to God and His call on our lives
  • and perhaps most often, it’s tested in the way we deal with authority, with conflict and in relationships generally

 

1. Learning from Failure – Listen here (Wednesday 13 June: 36 min)

“Failure is not an option”. This sort of slogan is of course meant to motivate us to press on to achieve our fitness goals. But in the pursuit of fitness, as in life, failure is very much an option. More accurately, failure is an experience we will all go through at some point in life, in some way, in some measure. The question is what do we learn from failure; and how do we come through that experience?

 

2. Handling Success – Listen here (Wednesday 20 June: 30 min)

Here we look at the other side of the coin – success. A much more fun topic! Success is an experience to be enjoyed, so how can it be a test of faith? In this talk we answer that question as we consider:

  • what we mean by success
  • how we handle success
  • what the Bible has to say about success

 

3. Accountable Living – Listen here (Wednesday 27 June: 27 min)

It’s ironic that the ones with the most power in this world often live as though they were the least accountable. Jesus said that it’s actually the other way round. Much is required of those to whom much is given, so here we ask:

  • In what ways are we accountable to God?
  • How should our accountability to God and to one another affect the way we live and work?

 

4. Building Quality Relationships – Listen here (Wednesday 4 July: 31 min)

Perhaps the biggest test of all is how we deal with people: our bosses, our colleagues our employees. So, this final session focuses on the whole area of relationships in the workplace and addresses three questions:

  • How do we exercise authority?
  • How do we respond to authority?
  • How do we deal with relationships at work generally?

Ten At Work – Audio

November 28, 2011
28 Nov 2011

Below you will find the audio for a series of 10 lectures by John Parmiter, based on his book ‘Ten at Work: Living the Commandments in Your Job’. In each lecture, John reflects on one of the commandments and its relevance in the modern workplace.

 

John is a town planner, surveyor and an LICC Associate speaking on a range of workplace issues. A partner at Roger Tym & Partners, John advises on planning policy and development projects for public and private sector clients. His book, Ten at Work is published by IVP in November and will be launched at LICC on Monday evening, 28th November.

 

 

1. Discovering Contentment – Listen here

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour.” Exodus 20:17

‘We allow our thoughts to rob us of our present enjoyment because of our inability to exercise contentment.’ John Parmiter

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2. Remaining honest – Listen here

“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour.” Exodus 20:16

‘Some people think that lies are mostly harmless or are only a temporary problem. Perhaps we talk about ‘white lies’. But as we tell that ‘little’ lie to shift the blame off us, we transfer it on to someone else. We may have managed to get ourselves off the hook, but we have just put someone else on it.’ John Parmiter

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3. Prospering with integrity – Listen here

“You shall not steal.” Exodus 20:15

‘While this commandment is, at face value, a prohibition against stealing any thing at any time under any circumstances, it is so much more than mere protection of other people’s possessions. Yes, there is an obvious impact of stealing on the life of any community, and the community will punish the transgressor, but the essential feature is that the transgressor loses not only freedom (both temporal and spiritual) but the presence of God.’ John Parmiter

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4. Maintaining healthy relationships – Listen here

“You shall not commit adultery.” Exodus 20:14

‘The workplace is often a social setting and so a primary place for forming relationships, which is good. Workplaces that foster healthy relationships can also be places of real fulfilment and blessing. Given the right circumstances they can be places where marriages and healthy relationships are valued, appreciated, supported and safeguarded, but much depends on the prevailing culture.’ John Parmiter

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5. Keeping the peace – Listen here

“You shall not murder.” Exodus 20:13

‘The anger expressed daily in our workplaces is rarely commented on; we just seem to take it for granted. We tolerate aggressive individuals because they are productive. Worse still, we bring our work culture home with us, as we berate our family members for poor performance or missed deadlines!’ John Parmiter

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6. Living with our past – Listen here

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12

‘We need to acknowledge the wisdom and experience of older people at work and encourage them to take on the role of mentors to younger workers. We should treat them with respect, and encourage and support ways of keeping them productive and useful if they are able, for the good of the organization and their own self-esteem.’ John Parmiter

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7. Keeping a balance – Listen here

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” Exodus 20:8

‘The fourth commandment is the longest and the one most directly relevant to work. But it’s not just about work. The Sabbath is so much more than the restful end of a weary week: it is what the week has been working towards: a day that belongs to God, one that he has poured his blessing into and one that is holy (separate). It is a day set apart from other days, when we can delight in God and his creation, rest like him, and reflect on how he has blessed us.’ John Parmiter

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8. Maintaining respect – Listen here

“You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” Exodus 20:7

‘This commandment tells us that God’s name matters: to God himself, to us, and to everyone else, even if they don’t recognize it. It matters to God, as he is holy, the name above all names. It matters to us, as by elevating ourselves we are downgrading God, which is spiritually corrosive and unhealthy. It also matters to everyone else, as our work culture demonstrates too many examples of pride, arrogance, one-upmanship, power-broking and me-first behaviour, which harms and dehumanizes people.’ John Parmiter

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9. Working in freedom – Listen here

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.” Exodus 20:4

‘Our work culture is suffering from an unhealthy worship of success, fame, influence and money. Or all three! And it is harming us and those we deal with, infecting our whole work culture.’ John Parmiter

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10. Staying focussed – Listen here

“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:2-3

‘When I go to a networking event I find that I talk myself up: I describe significant projects I am involved in and impressive clients I am working for. I do all this to impress others because I work in a me-first work culture which influences me.’ John Parmiter

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