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Dutiful Faith Luke 17:5-10

Dutiful Faith

What matters is not the quantity of our faith, but putting what faith we have into service.

At a Glance

We begin with the story of Mark Sheerin, a self-identified Christian, who left a position with World Vision to work as chief operations officer of a large finance company. Is one of these positions more "Christian" than the other? This leads us to Jesus' story about the servant who worked in the fields and was also expected to serve at the master's table. Both were in his job description, and Jesus says the servant should not be applauded for simply doing his job.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "Get a Life," October 4, 1992 , at

"I have had the privilege of working with people on both ends of the economic spectrum, from Sudanese refugees to suburban millionaires."

That's how Mark Sheerin characterizes the two different worlds in which he's labored. Currently, he's at a financial planning and wealth management firm in Atlanta, Georgia, where, as chief operations officer and part owner, he...

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