DLGP

Doctor of Leadership in Global Perspectives: Crafting Ministry in an Interconnected World

Leading Not-for-Profit Companies for the Good of Community

By: on January 26, 2013

William Cavanaugh in Being Consumed challenges the contemporary Christian’s values on how they spend their money. He argues that Christians are a part of a global community of individuals in the Christian Church and that our resources should be focused on providing for the larger community (Cavanaugh, 2008). I was impressed by the example Cavanaugh…

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How much is enough?

By: on January 25, 2013

A news article in one of India’s leading dailies this past week along with my reading of Cavenaugh’s Being Consumed – Economics and Christian Desire, has driven me to a lot of Introspection,  pushing me to  answer questions such as:  ‘How much is enough?’  What extents will my consumerism reach?   When and where will the…

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The Poor Will Always be with You

By: on January 25, 2013

Being consumed is a book written for a western audience and he allows me to peer into the lives and thinking patterns of citizens who have operate in capitalism systems and are driven by consumerism. The realities of the west are minimal in my context. We have very few shopping malls that are visited by…

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“T-shirts for Turkeys”

By: on January 25, 2013

“Someone else has it worse than you do.” The jolt of these words paints an ugly reality that many overseas laborers endure daily in various factories. It causes me to think twice about where my products are made and how the workers are treated. We are a global community impacted by consumerism, and our buying…

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Consumerism, Detachment, and Global Missions

By: on January 24, 2013

Consumerism is a term many would use to describe much of American and Western culture.  However, the term is rarely unpacked and understood from a theological framework.  William Cavanaugh in Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire begins to unpack the intermingling of Christian life amidst the complexity and ambiguity of capitalism, specifically focusing on the…

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Restless Spirit

By: on January 24, 2013

In this writing I will analyze two concepts within William T. Cavanaugh’s book, Economics and Christian Desire. One I agree with and the other I hold in question. The first idea is the relentless quest for goods that we as consumers have and the second involves his ideas regarding multiculturalism. Cavanaugh explains that it is…

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Give a man a fish

By: on January 24, 2013

Famous documentary filmer Hubert Sauper was working in Ruanda 1997. While being on an airfield in Mwanza, Tanzania he witnesses the loading and unloading of two huge cargo planes. One plane with UN food donations for Tanzania and the starving refugees from Ruanda is being unloaded.  At the same time a huge cargo plane with…

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The Poor and Consumer Society

By: on January 24, 2013

What do you do with the poor? They are often at the center of heartfelt concern in the church. But mostly they are disempowered either by their own efforts or something larger. In our local church we have been attempting to help a couple that have continually been short on rent, had tickets from past…

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Free Market Ministry?

By: on January 24, 2013

I barely passed my course in economics at Kent State University.  Perhaps it was because I sat next to the leader of students for a democratic society (SDS) who constantly poured forth his communist theory and seemed to have a special rapport with the professor.  Or, perhaps it was because I did not see the…

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Throw a Load of Coal on the Fire

By: on January 24, 2013

Throw a Load of Coal on the Fire Every three hours the furnace required someone to get up, trudge outside in the snow and load precisely three heaping shovels of black coal into its gaping door, or as some would say, its insatiable mouth!  Because of these heroic efforts, Mike and I slept in comfort…

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Radio Flyers, Bike Rides, and Garbage

By: on January 24, 2013

For almost four years the family and I lived in the city of Lancaster.  Like most city living, we tried to get outside in the fresh air as much as possible.  During that season of life one of my weekly traditions was taking Grace and Eli on a Sunday afternoon bike ride for a daddy…

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Free to …….?

By: on January 24, 2013

This week’s reading was, Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire by William Cavanaugh.  This might be my favorite book I’ve read in my D.Min. program. There are so many things I like about this book it’s hard to narrow a blog post down to just one or two thoughts. So if I ramble a bit,…

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India and Capitalism

By: on January 21, 2013

With the liberalization of trade policies in 1991, new doors of opportunity opened and a new India was born.  Private and free enterprise was a welcome relief from the previously assumed socialist ‘regime’. With all of the growth and progress, India, many would say can now be listed as a capitalist nation.  While this maybe…

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The Christian Calling of Leadership

By: on January 21, 2013

The calling of Christians has been written about for centuries. Max Weber in The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism believes that the calling of protestant asceticism is a significant factor that has grown into modern capitalism as we know it today. Weber lists Calvinism, Pietism, Methodism and various Baptist sects or denominations as…

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Capitalism – God’s gift to Mankind

By: on January 19, 2013

I have just returned to my hotel room in a city in Central India after several hours of driving and an arduous trek up a hill and back.  The purpose was to visit a group of new Believers and see the progress of the ministry in a primitive and remote tribal village called Chuli.    This…

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Charitable Capitalism through the Lens of Mother Theresa

By: on January 18, 2013

This is my first in-depth and professional introduction to Max Weber and his book, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Weber’s ideology invites his reader to think about capitalism as a possible byproduct of religion, particularly the Protestant Reformation. He holds that systems used by men and women during the span of the…

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The Church Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism in Kenya

By: on January 17, 2013

Kenya is undergoing election and the first party primaries under a new constitution are being held this week. Different people have sought for nomination leadership positions as governor, senator and members of parliament. One category of leaders who want to vie for these positions is religious leaders. A debate has ensued whether religious leaders can…

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Taking Care of Business

By: on January 17, 2013

Taking Care of Business Question: How are we preparing our youth for the world of work? Do they have the theological grounding as they encounter counterfeit values to stay true to Christian convictions? A sense of calling motivated early western Christian’s values of work. That vocational framework has deteriorated to merely getting a job to…

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Max Weber’s “called ascetics”

By: on January 17, 2013

Max Weber in his essay “The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism,” discusses aspects of Protestantantism that helped spur the spirit of capitalism. Specifically, he analyzes the Calvinist belief in predestination and the elite, the idea of a work ethic and material gain, and the concept of a “calling” which involves individuals to become…

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Max and Dorothy

By: on January 17, 2013

 „The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism“ by Max Weber is a collection of essays from 1904 and 1905, which were revised and published 1920. It is one of the most inspiring and ground-breaking works in sociology and especially in religion-sociology I’ve ever read. Weber presents his idea of a link between protestant ethic…

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