Spring 2013 VIM Lectures with TWI Staff

4/10/13 “Calling & Constraint” Mrs. Kate Harris   Transcript Audio
5/8/13 “Vocation as a Classroom for Spiritual Formation”    Rev. Bill Haley Handout Transcript Audio
5/22/13 “The Great Temptations” Dr. Steve Garber Handout   Audio
6/5/13 “Demystifying  Vocation & Discerning God’s Call” Rev. Bill Haley Audio


Spring 2012 VIM Lectures with Dr. Steven Garber

4/18/12 Can You Know the World and Still Love the World? Handout Transcript Audio
5/16/12 Vocation and the Common Good Handout Transcript Audio Pt 1  & Pt 2
6/20/12 Hints of Hope Handout Transcript Audio Pt 1 & Pt 2

Can you know the world, and still love it? The most perennial of all questions, the way we answer comes from the very center of our lives, from our deepest beliefs about God, ourselves and the world. In every century and every culture human beings have mostly said “no,” and versions of cynicism and stoicism are our response. For good reasons, we protect ourselves from the implications of what we know. But what if it is possible to know and to love at the same time? In families, in neighborhoods, in cities and societies, what if the more we know the more we love? The question is not cheap, and the answer can never be. The Christian vision of incarnation is rooted in the reality that God knows the world at its very worst, and chooses to love it; He knows us at our very worst, and chooses to love us. It is not naïveté, but grace that marks the vocation of God.

Autumn 2011 VIM Lectures with Rev. Bill Haley

9/28/11 CREATION-Why Did God Make Us, or Anything? Handout Transcript Audio
10/19/11 THE FALL HAPPENS-A Theological Discussion About Work and the Fall Handout Transcript Audio
11/16/11 REDEEMING WITH JESUS-A Theological Discussion About Work and Redemption Handout Transcript Audio
12/14/11 OUR WORK IN THE WORLD TO COME-A Theological Discussion About Work and the Consummation Handout Transcript Audio

The Washington Institute boldly asserts that vocation is integral–not incidental–to the mission of God in the world, despite the pervasive, popular notion that there is a difference between “sacred” and “secular” callings.  This distinction is dangerous and it keeps too many people from living joyfully in their work with the knowledge that what they’re doing Monday-Friday matters as deeply to God as what they do on Sunday.  The Institute believes that ordinary work, rightly understood and practiced, is as important to God’s work in the world as pastoring, missionary work, evangelism, and so-called ‘full-time ministry’.