be upon us, and establish the work of
our hands for us; yes, establish the work
of our hands.
Nature is what God gave. Culture is what we do with it and the meaning we find in that doing. Making culture was the first thing God asked of humans. Living out the story of Scripture, knowing God through prayer and Scripture, growing into our identity in Christ, forming our character through intentional practices, having healthy friendships, receiving and reflecting the care of Christ, being known in community, belonging to a local church, witnessing to Christ in word and deed, and doing justice are all culture-making acts.
Work with God
While making culture was the first thing God asked of humans, work was how God asked them to do it. Calling involves much more than our job but, for most of us, work (paid or unpaid) is our single biggest time commitment every week, meaning our work will be the main context through which we follow Jesus, love one another, and serve Los Angeles. It’s the main way God cares for people and provides the world its daily bread.
The gospel is a story of design and redesign. A universe in which God refers to himself as Creator, Maker, and Author is a universe in which design matters. Whether we work in architecture, in graphic, interior, fashion, experience, or character design, or in any design field of any kind, what does it mean to design in the image of a redemptive Designer? How can we love our neighbor well through the experiences, objects, and media we create for them?
Food is an absolute necessity for all life on earth, and the table is one of the primary spaces where people foster culture and community. But how often do we actually think about what we eat and how we eat it? What does a meal actually mean? The profound significance of food is a theme woven throughout the Bible, from the opening pages of Genesis to the closing vision of Revelation. The resources below invite us to consider what the Bible says about the gift of sustenance, and how that affects our lives whether we are casual cooks, professional restauranteurs, or simply lovers of food.
How do we pursue justice in just ways? What are the unique spiritual challenges and opportunities faced by those called to the field of law? What is the legal profession’s impact on the common good?
In the midst of a culture confused about its ideals and foundations, what is the right way to lead? What does it mean, not just to be an effective leader, but to be a good one?
In the beginning God said “Let there be light,” and we’ve been trying to capture that light ever since. From news reports and billboard advertisements to Christmas cards and selfies, photography has become one of the most powerful storytelling tools in the world. But what stories are we telling, and how do they affect us? How do we live in a culture increasingly defined by images? What does the Christina faith have to say about the lenses with which we frame the world?
Sports are profoundly ingrained in our nations culture, economy, and identity. In fact, few areas of modern life hold more sway over how we pass time, spend money, set priorities, and form relationships. So are sports merely about playing a game, or have they become something more powerful? What does the Christian faith have to say about such topics as physical discipline, competition, and winning and losing?
Computers, smartphones, and social media saturate our daily loves, yet we rarely reflect on how they shape the world. The incredible technological thresholds crossed in the last decade have brought not only new opportunities, but also new questions. What should we avoid and what should we embrace? Does the Christian faith give us guidance on how to live in a digital age?
Whether we work as artists or not, we’re all created in the image of a creating God. Part of being human, therefore, is being creative. How does this biblical understanding of creativity differ from the prevailing view? How does this concept of every-human creativity affect our relationship to the arts, both as creators and consumers?