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A Thought for Labor Day Weekend

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“Work gives meaning to life: It is the form in which we make ourselves useful to others, and thus to God.”

–Lester DeKoster, Work: The Meaning of Your Life—A Christian Perspective, 2d ed. (Christian’s Library Press, 2010).

Jordan J. Ballor Jordan J. Ballor (Dr. theol., University of Zurich; Ph.D., Calvin Theological Seminary) is a senior research fellow and director of publishing at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty. He is also a postdoctoral researcher in theology and economics at the VU University Amsterdam as part of the "What Good Markets Are Good For" project. He is author of Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action) (Wipf & Stock, 2013), Covenant, Causality, and Law: A Study in the Theology of Wolfgang Musculus (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012) and Ecumenical Babel: Confusing Economic Ideology and the Church's Social Witness (Christian's Library Press, 2010), as well as editor of numerous works, including Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology. Jordan is also associate director of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research at Calvin Theological Seminary.


  • i do so like the story of the old coal miner. when JFK was running in the Democratic Primary in West Virgina he would as  politicians do greet the workers as they were going to or coming from their shifts. the story had gone round about Kennedy being a rich kid who had it easy unlike the miners. as he shook the hand of one old fellow the miner asked: “Son, it it true you never had to do a hard  days work in your life!” JFK responded “Yes sir, that is true.” the old miner paused for a second and then replied ” Son, ya haven’t missed a damn thing.”