The Good of Work | Part One

It’s striking: we spend the majority of our waking hours working to secure what we need, and (hopefully) contributing to the flourishing of our common life. And yet when it comes to understanding the good of our work, most of us mumble, or reach for a cliché. What does God make of your work, and why does he care? What does it mean to work well, and why should I care?

In the first of a new podcast series, Sam Bloore is joined by Andrew Shamy and Julia Bloore to explore together the good of work. From the night kitchen of KFC to early starts in kids’ TV, this lively conversation sets contemporary ideas about work within the expansive and transforming vision of God’s purposes for creation. Drawing on the latest edition of Common Ground, as well as on recent teaching, this podcast invites you to think again about work, and working well: what it is, what it has to do with God, and why it matters.


9 to 5 

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9 to 5 · Dolly Parton 

Album: The Essential Dolly Parton ℗ 1980 Sony Music Entertainment 

Released on: 2005-06-28

40 Hour Week 

Song: Forty Hour Week (For A Livin’)

Artist: Alabama

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Working for the Weekend 

Song: Working for the Weekend

Artist: Loverboy

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A Hard Day’s Night 

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A Hard Day’s Night (Remastered 2009) · The Beatles 

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Released on: 1964-07-10

Livin’ on a Prayer 

Song: Livin’ On A Prayer

Artist: Bon Jovi

Writers: Richie Sambora, Desmond Child, Jon Bon Jovi

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