What does the Bible say about retirement? Is it part of God’s purpose for every Christian’s life?
The author doesn’t think retirement is a biblical concept – especially the way it’s practiced in today’s Western culture with a sense of entitlement. His aim in this book is to challenge readers to think about retirement and what the Bible has to say in relation to it. He encourages retirees to continue to be productive and contribute to the Kingdom, even though we might not work a “9-5” anymore. He is concerned that we have simply adopted our culture’s thinking about retirement without examining it to determine whether it fits with our profession to acknowledge Jesus as our King—which he feels is dangerous. We’ve allowed the world to squeeze us into its shape and allowed the world to dictate to us all our dreams and goals and aspirations about this increasingly lengthy period of our lives. His aim in this book is to achieve a paradigm shift—to get us thinking that retirement does not need to mean the end of productivity completely. He challenges us to evaluate our current concept of “retirement” by exploring in detail what the Bible says about it.
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About the Author
Raised in a Christian home and an active church, since 1983 Rodney Macready has pastored several Australian churches. He has also taught in theological colleges in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Tanzania and dabbled in short-term missions in the Philippines and Indonesia. He now expands his ministry through writing.
Table of Contents
1 Have You Thought about Retirement? 9
2 My Cultural and Christian Heritage 26
3 Elements of the Biblical Cultures 40
4 Is Work a Four-Letter Word? 52
5 God's Rest and Human Rest 73
6 A Sabbath Rest? 98
7 Sabbaticals and Jubilees 118
8 Ecclesiastes-Work and Pleasure 136
9 Retiring Levites? 152
10 Vows and Valuing People 166
11 Putting Widows on the List 177
12 Caring for Aged Parents 192
13 The Elders at the Gate 210
14 Bits and Pieces 221
15 Hints in the Other Direction 230
16 Where to Go from Here? 246