Acton Institute Powerblog

The Laymen’s Lounge: Everyday Theology for Everyday Life

I was happy to be interviewed recently for The Laymen’s Lounge, a new site focused on providing everyday theology to encourage and edify Christians in everyday life.

My interview is titled, “Work and the Mundane,” and I get some plugs in for resources by figures including Lester DeKoster, Abraham Kuyper, Herman Bavinck, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Many of these thinkers are influential in my own life and work, and are represented as well in my collection of essays, Get Your Hands Dirty.

I also got the chance to share one of my favorite quotations. It comes from Herman Bavinck, and opens with the observation: “All good, enduring reformation begins with ourselves and takes its starting point in one’s own heart and life.”

Click through to read the rest of the interview and see how the quote concludes. And check out some of the other material on the site too, including an interview with John Bolt, author of Economic Shalom, who talks about why “You Need to Know Herman Bavinck.”

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.