Discipling Marketplace Leaders

Church-based Business as Mission


HURTING SPIRITS In January, I wrote a blog on a story of two nurses and a pastor, describing potentially different responses by a church and pastor to two nurses.  One pastor presented the church as a place that one goes to for theological answers while the other pastor presented the church as a place where workers can carry their questions, praises, and pains to God in community.Shortly after posting that blog, I received...

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Are you a Stone Catcher?


Posted By on Mar 29, 2021

In John 8, the story is told of the Pharisees bringing a woman caught in adultery (not the man, just the woman) to Jesus to ask Him what to do with her, noting that in the time of Moses they were to stone her.  Of course, the Pharisees weren’t actually looking for advice but were looking to trick Jesus.  Jesus bends down to write on the ground, then stands to say, “Let him who is without sin among you, be the...

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The world was on a significant trajectory to eradicating extreme poverty (those living on less than $2/day).  As you can see in the graph below, the world went from 1.9 billion people in extreme poverty in 1990 to 650 million people in extreme poverty in 2018.  That is huge and wonderful!  As you can see in the graph, most of the poverty reduction took place in South Asia and East Asia & Pacific, and most of that...

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Last week, DML started teaching a newly developed class, called “Economics of Hope.”  This is a take-off of a class that we had taught called “Development and Social Change” but we felt the need to tailor and focus it more on economics and the hope that we find regarding economics in the Bible.A question that comes out in this class is this:  Does the Bible propose an economic...

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Over the last three weeks, we’ve seen the impact of a quadruple bottom line applied in the workplace through Brian, Patience, and Michael.  I’ve been so thankful for the feedback and encouragement from many of you in response. But we are beginning to see (again, thanks to the work of Willson and Kaemingk’s book, Work and Worship) that the “church gathered to church scattered” is only half of the...

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This is the last of three blogs that I wanted to put out, telling the story of several Christians who are living out a quadruple bottom line in their work.  I hope that it shows how every Christian, in every workplace, can have a quadruple bottom line to fulfill the Great Commitment of Genesis 1 and 2, the Great Commandment of Matthew 22, and the Great Commission of Matthew 28.  We believe the world would look and operate...

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Patience, a 33-year-old mother of three from Northern Ghana, has been working as a hotel housecleaner for the past four years.  “It’s hard work,” she says, “but I’m blessed to work for someone who is a Christian and who frequently reminds us that our goal is to be a blessing for the customer.” When Patience’s church began a workplace ministry identifying the importance of recognizing the quadruple bottom line for every...

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At the beginning of January, I started writing one of five booklets that Discipling Marketplace Leaders is putting together for the ministry.  The booklet I’m working on is focused on the Quadruple Bottom Line.  In some intensive work that we did in 2020 to examine the outcomes and impacts of DML, we have realized that the real behavioral and belief changes that we want to see will be measured by the application and...

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Donkeys are ordinary, awkward creatures.  They are normally used in many parts of Africa as pack animals, for carrying or pulling things.  They are sometimes kept as calming companions for nervous horses. While often perceived as stubborn, donkeys will freeze when they are scared.  They prefer to plant their feet to analyze a situation rather than run in a panic.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve...

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I’ve been thoroughly enjoying a book called Work and Worship: Reconnecting our Labor and Liturgy by Matthew Kaemingk and Cory B. Willson. In fact, I like it so much that DML is going to use this book for our next book club book! They tell a story of two nurses and two pastors. One nurse goes to her pastor with laments over work and theological questions about illness and death.  Pastor tries to answer, faltering a bit...

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