Upcoming Series: The Christian & the Business World


Want to give you all a heads up that as soon as my writing backlog eases in the next couple days, I will be starting a series looking at the business world and Christianity. Given that I’ve written much in the last couple years on the issue, I hope to explore some ideas more thoroughly in a specific business context.

Tim Challies suggested this and I want to thank him for prodding me. He wrote an excellent piece on Greg Stielstra’s pyromarketing techniques and I started to write an epic post addressing this from another angle, but it got lost in the pile. I’m planning on dusting that off and trimming it down. Plus, I want to look at the issue of why attending a Bible study at work is easy, but living out a Christian worldview in business is astonishingly difficult. There are a few more surprises, so I’m envisioning about a half dozen posts on this topic.

If you have any kind of horror stories about the intersection of business and the cross, drop me a line via my profile or leave a comment on this post. If you have questions or would like to see a particular topic in this area addressed, let me know.

Hang in there readers! I promise to be back soon enough with truly great stuff.

Next series post: The Christian & the Business World #1: My Qualifications for the Series

5 thoughts on “Upcoming Series: The Christian & the Business World

  1. Wayne

    I’m looking forward to the series. We tend identify “ministry” as what we do in church or what we do in “outreach.” We need to explore what it means to do “ministry” by how we act and talk in the business community.

  2. Bah! I think I’ll pass on this series!

    Just kidding, of course. I am looking forward to reading your thoughts. I’m also (as you know) working on a bit of an article or series on Christian marketing, but I suspect my lack of expertise in the area may leave the article unconvincing at best.

  3. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with, too, Dan. We just ran a session on “working life” with our housegroup last week. It was clear that there are enough issues to keep us talking for months. No-one in the group was in “business” as such, we are predominantly in healthcare, teaching or academia, but many of the issues would be the same.

  4. This is subject that has been really bugging me lately. So I will be interested to see what you have to say.

    It seems to me that the CGM is turning pastors into CEO-like businessmen, and turning their churches into their private business franchises. It seems that xnty in American has been taken captive by an insidious Corporationism that is controlling every aspect of how things are done. The church has become merely another purveyor of goods and services to a mass market, and the most important thing is efficiency.

    President Coolidge, as I recall, once said: “The business of American is business”. Well, was that ever the truth. Now it seems its the church’s turn to be absorbed into the surrounding culture.

    Anyhow, a comment box forces me to be terse and thus seemingly harsh. But this subject has been bugging me lately.

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