Highlights from 2014

We close our year with a look at some of our best clips from 2014. Listen to the full episodes of the clips we’ve chosen to include by using the following links:

  • Episode 318 — Michael Kruger, The Question of Canon
  • Episode 322 — James Anderson on worldviews
  • Episode 326 — Matt Perman on gospel-driven productivity
  • Episode 329 — Randall Pederson on the Puritan family resemblance
  • Episode 331 — Lane Tipton on the Tree of Life and the goal of eschatology
  • Episode 335 —Shai Linne on hip-hop, the gospel, and cultural contextualization
  • Episode 345 — Marcus Peter Johnson on union with Christ and the incarnation
  • Episode 351 — Charles Hill on the New Testament, the early church and Bart Ehrman’s book How Jesus Became God
  • Episode 357 — Glen Clary on Zwingli, church tradition, and Reformed worship

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The Practical Theology of Productivity and Stewardship

Matt Perman is the author of What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way We Worka book about productivity and the stewardship of time and work. Matt highlights all the good that can be gained from the literature on business and productivity, showing how the best principles observed by secular thinkers conform to the pattern of biblical teaching. Of course, the gospel the world did not know by its wisdom, so Matt’s gospel-informed advice goes beyond other literature in a particularly Christian way.

Matthew Perman formerly served as the senior director of strategy at Desiring God Ministries in Minneapolis, MN, and is a frequent speaker on the topics of leadership and productivity from a God-centered perspective. He has an MDiv from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute. Matt regularly blogs and contributes to a number of other online publications as well. He lives in Minneapolis.

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What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done

Publisher’s Description

Productivity isn’t just about getting more things done. It’s about getting the right things done—the things that count, make difference, and move the world forward.

In our current era of massive overload, this is harder than ever before. So how do you get more of the right things done without confusing mere activity for actual productivity?

When we take God’s purposes into account, a revolutionary insight emerges. Surprisingly, we see that the way to be productive is to put others first—to make the welfare of other people our motive and criteria in determining what to do (what’s best next). As both the Scriptures and the best business thinkers show, generosity is the key to unlocking our productivity. It is also the key to finding meaning and fulfillment in our work.

What’s Best Next offers a practical approach for improving your productivity in all areas of life. It will help you better understand:

  • Why good works are not just rare and special things like going to Africa, but anything you do in faith—even tying your shoes.
  • How to create a mission statement for your life that actually works.
  • How to delegate to people in a way that actually empowers them.
  • How to overcome time killers like procrastination, interruptions, and multitasking by turning them around and making them work for you.
  • How to process workflow efficiently and get your email inbox to zero every day.
  • How your work and life can transform the world socially, economically, and spiritually, and connect to God’s global purposes.

By anchoring your understanding of productivity in God’s purposes and plan, What’s Best Next will give you a practical approach for increasing your effectiveness in everything you do.

Includes a Foreword by John Piper

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