God on Monday
God on Monday is the original title of Faith in Business when it was founded around 30 years ago. Now it is the title of our weekly reflection, released on Mondays, produced in partnership with the Church of England. Its vision is to connect God's word with God's world by inspiring and nurturing everyday faith.
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All the reflections that have so far been released are available below. Our prayer is that hearts, minds and hands will be stirred to serve God in everyday life.
Dr Peter Heslam’s God on Monday reflections are thoughtful and topical, and help me bring the wisdom of the Gospel into my business life. Peter is one of very few contemporary theologians able to do this. His insight helps me meet the demands of running a business.
James Holden, CEO in marketing & ordained Church of England minister.
The first thirty or so reflections are written by our Director, Peter Heslam and focus on personal and corporate purpose. All the more recent reflections take as their starting-point the Bible readings appointed to be read on the following Sunday in many churches. They are written by a variety of internal and external authors who have a passion for whole-life discipleship.
God on Monday is an encouraging resource for business leaders, based on the Word of God. I enjoy reading them, as they help me gain a ‘God perspective’ on the challenges I face on my entrepreneurial journey. Thank you Peter – I’m looking forward to more.
Camelle ilona Daley, founder-CEO of House of ilona & author of
Finding Divine Flow.
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The unity that Jesus prays for amongst people reflects the unity that exists within the triune God. It is outward-facing and it challenges us to embrace difference.
Openness, confidence and hospitality – three attractive qualities. The businesswoman Lydia models them all.
Divisions begin in the human heart. That is why we need to be constantly converted and to pursue the way of love.
Dorcas is one of the bible’s female entrepreneurs. She stitched for Christ. How can we emulate her?
Carving out space to give thanks to God in our working week can bring great encouragement.
Jesus demonstrates faithfulness by doing only what his Father does. We too can be faithful witnesses by imitating God. How will we do so this week?
God is invested in the material world and wants us to enjoy a return on our labour.
Humans are wired for justice. When they submit to their sense of right and wrong, the future opens.
Isaiah brings a vision of the future to a dispirited people. If we exercise our imaginations, we too can see hope.
Mothers’ Day is an opportunity for everyone (not just mothers) to consider their nurturing role - how can they help others reach their full potential?
God does not expect us to produce fruit immediately. Interested in the long-term, God invests in us and nurtures us with patient capital.
Earthly things inevitably absorb a lot of our attention. What then does it mean to be a citizen of heaven?
The devil understands that true faith is relevant to all of life. This is reflected in his temptation of Jesus, which was economic, political and religious.
We are able to see God’s glory as in a mirror. Are we prepared to allow that glory to radiate from us?
Adam is created from dust. But once animated by God's spirit, he is elevated to the role of prophet, priest and king - roles supremely fulfilled in Christ and inherited by all Christ’s followers.
A good reputation is of great value but in today’s ‘cancel culture’ it can easily and rapidly be destroyed. How should we respond?
What can we learn from Isaiah’s commission? How can worship, repentance and forgiveness impact our sense of calling and purpose?
The good news is both personal and public. God’s truth is public truth. We can therefore be confident about our faith outside church circles.
Greater honour is given to some giftings and callings than to others. But the analogy of the human body provides a challenge.
Jesus turned water into wine as copious in quantity as in quality. But it occurred unnoticed in a remote village setting. It thereby reflects God’s transforming power in ordinary life.
Evidence suggests we are entering a new geological epoch. Called the Anthropocene, it will be dominated not by naturally occurring phenomenon but by human action. How should we respond?
What distinctives can we bring to environmental debate and action?
Climate sceptics and their critics often conclude that the bible does not endorse care for the environment. Yet the bible and nature are animated by the same breath of life.
What does purpose have to do with the environment? This reflection is the first in a series exploring this question. It suggests an alternative understanding of 'having dominion'.
The return of the hard-hit hospitality industry provides an opportunity to celebrate its positive social role. In hotels, restaurants and pubs, patrons are welcome despite being unknown to their hosts.
Thomas Cook, the founder of mass travel, had a social vision that was foundational to the company’s success. His purpose was to increase friendship, broaden the mind and lift the spirit.
Democracies generally enjoy political and economic freedoms that are protected and limited by the rule of law and by civic virtue. Those freedoms need, therefore, to be exercised responsibly.
The lighting of our inner fire is crucial if we are to find and fulfil our purpose. But what spiritual gifts will indicate whether that fire is lit?
Known as the Beautiful Game, soccer at its best embodies wonderful values. But how can it help us distinguish between our aim and our purpose?
Unfruitful trees face destruction. But with the investment of time and effort they can yield fruit. The same is true of our lives, including our working lives. A third-century believer called Alban inspires that investment.
Much of the New Testament was written to and from situations of lockdown. This means its teaching on endurance acquires new relevance.
Evading tax and aid are moral issues. We are are to be generous and cheerful givers, and to protect the vulnerable.
Is the trinity too difficult to understand? Not if it is understood as a circular dance of love that invites us in and generates spontaneity, freedom and inclusivity.
The builders of the tower of Babel sought to make a name for themselves. The result was confusion and fragmentation. The people filled with the Spirit at Pentecost sought to make a name for God, bringing harmony and cohesion. Which option will we choose?
The purpose of life is joy, and the key to joy is love. What does this mean for our ordinary everyday lives?
Did you know that Jesus likens himself to a business owner? Check out here what he meant by this analogy. In this reflection, Peter Heslam suggests how our purpose can be shaped by a God who exercises unlimited liability towards human beings.
'Dare to be a Daniel!' The biblical story on which this song is based inspired Peter Heslam from an early age to live a purpose-driven life characterized by what he calls 'holy worldliness'.
A former Prince Consort once said 'find out the will of God for your day and generation and then, as quickly as possible, get into line’. How can this injunction, reflected in a beer called Guinness, stimulate our purpose?
Charles Wesley's poetic line 'Love's redeeming work is done' gets Peter Heslam asking what the biblical theology it is based on means for ordinary everyday life.
The world is good because of the goodness of God. But all areas of life are marred by the fall. This is exemplified in the story of the Suez Canal and of the final week of Jesus' earthly life.
Our lives have been stripped of many of the things we enjoy. But what really matters? Only one thing, say the Psalmist and Jesus. Read on to discover what that is. It will help you know if you are leading a purposeful life.
The difference in productivity between workers engaged in the same task can reflect the extent to which they grasp their organization's purpose. To help explain this, Peter Heslam introduces the idea of the Purpose Quotient (PQ).
Can mothers in the bible offer any inspiration to the contemporary workplace? This piece reflects on how Mary and Hannah nurtured their sons in their three-fold call of prophet, priest and king. It suggests all three are echoed in Colossians 3.12-17.
Why does the bible contain so many commandments? Do they have any purpose in today's workplace? Peter Heslam highlights the importance churches have attached to them through the ages. But he now finds greater appreciation of them in business circles.
One way to understand the bible story is through the notion of covenant - a personal, unbreakable promise based on trust. But what relevance does this have to corporate purpose today? Peter Heslam reflects on this question with the help of a case study.
Finding our purpose is not about looking within but beyond ourselves. Many purpose-driven people find their purpose in the purposes of God. For the coming 40 days, why not consider your purpose by considering what God's purposes are for your workplace?
Finding our life purpose is generally a process, rather than a one-off event. But even if we were to discover it in an instant, how can we stay true to it, given the many distractions of contemporary life?
Healthcare professionals are in the media spotlight. The most well-known healthcare professional in the bible is a gentle gentile doctor called Luke. We don't know much about him. But we do know his purpose, which can also be ours. Read on to learn more.
God loves variety and diversity. Every human is uniquely designed by God and has a purpose no one else can fulfil. How will this truth impact the way you lead? Welcome to the third instalment in Peter's God on Monday reflections on 'purpose'.
Inspired by C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Peter Heslam reflects imaginatively on Advent. He compares the pandemic to Narnia under the White Witch. And he suggests that the arrival of the vaccine is a sign that Aslan is on the move.
Other Faith in Business Reflections
In addition to God on Monday, you can also read some of our occasional articles and reflections below:
In many parts of the world, church buildings are still closed. Yet the church itself is open. It is being built through the ordinary work of human hands like ours.
A tiny virus has proved able to bring the global economy almost to a standstill.
The pandemic revealed noble and selfish behaviour. Food bank supplies plunged as hoarders stripped supermarket shelves of staple foods, just when food bank demand soared as jobs vanished. The story of manna in the desert (Exodus 16) provides perspective.
In this article, Peter Heslam introduces the notion of ‘work as worship’. Reflecting on the downfall of the man widely regarded as the world's greatest business leader, he offers a vision that will radically change both your work and your worship.
Originally, a gig was a spear for catching fish. Then it was a boat, then a horse-drawn carriage, then a punishment, and then a rock concert, then a unit of digital information.
My attention to this passage was drawn by its mention at a recent Salt conference. (Salt is the fast emerging Christian Aid business network). One workshop focused on the plight of people living and working in conditions of economic slavery...
There are times when work seems futile. Like the fishermen in John 21, we ‘catch nothing’. But Jesus changed all that. This story raises the question whether we look for the resurrection power of Jesus to be evident in our places of work.
God in Christ has reconciled everything. This includes the mighty forces that wield formidable power in the world, as well as flawed material products.
Jesus’ friendship with tax collectors caused controversy because they did ‘dirty work’. At the present time their mantle has passed to bankers. Christians need to rethink their attitudes – and so do bankers – in the light of Jesus’ friendship.
Right at the start of his ministry Jesus set out his mission statement: good news to the poor, release to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, freedom for the oppressed. This remains an inspiration for many business people today.
Some individuals play the role of toxic handlers in organisations, mediating between different parts but soaking up a lot of flak. This is precisely what Jesus did in the most important episode of his work on earth – his death on the cross.
In the opening verses of Romans 12 Paul offers three priceless pieces of advice which are of crucial relevance for Christians in the workplace.
This reflection was originally written for the SALT Business Network (Christian Aid).
When he rested from his work of creation, God pronounced it very good. We should use our Sabbath rest to look back over the week’s work and take satisfaction in it.
Bezalel and Oholiab were craftsmen working on the tabernacle. God filled them with his Spirit, equipped them for their work and inspired them to be creative. God calls all manner of people to perform crucial tasks in his service.
Hiram of Tyre’s provision of timber for the making of Solomon’s temple and palace is an instructive study in managing the supply chain. It worked well, due to a background of friendship, a balance of power, and a focus on delighting the customer...
Tyre was a formidable trading centre in Old Testament times. Yet it became proud and over-reached itself. Careful study of Ezekiel 26-28 can help the West to attain a God-given understanding of its current situation.
Jeremiah’s purchase of a field when Jerusalem was under siege seemed to make no commerical sense, but it was a powerful prophetic gesture. Investments which are long-term, made on others’ behalf and carried out in obedience to God may have the ...
The virtuous wife of Proverbs 31 is a true entrepreneur, displaying many remarkable characteristics. Today she is a particular source of inspiration to black Christian businesswomen.
The worldwide artificial intelligence (AI) revolution is on its way. Once the preserve of science fiction, its impact is likely to be so radical and pervasive it amounts to a new industrial revolution.