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DMin, Leadership and Global Perspectives: Crafting Ministry in an Interconnected World

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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Western Capitalism and The Great Commission

By: on January 17, 2013

“It is the change of moral standards which converted a natural frailty into an ornament of the spirit, and canonized as the economic virtues habits which in earlier ages had been denounced as vices. The force which produced it was the creed associated with the name of Calvin. Capitalism was the social counterpart of Calvinist…

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Show Me The Money

By: on January 17, 2013

I love Christmas break.  Time off from work, sleeping in past 10 a.m., hanging out with family and most of all playing Monopoly with my 10 year old daughter Grace.  Now, don’t assume because Grace is 10 she isn’t a worthy opponent.  In fact, the last two games she has beat me fair and square. …

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Life in the Cage.

By: on January 17, 2013

This semester my cohort is focusing on capitalism, consumerism and leadership. Our first assigned reading was Max Weber’s, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Weber penned it in German in 1904 and 1905, but it’s a book that speaks to the heart of today’s American society.  There are lots of ideas from this…

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Dispatches From the Front of A Financial Crisis

By: on January 16, 2013

Spain is in the midst of a crippling financial crisis.  Several months ago a friend of mine explained to me that this current crisis could be explained by the fact that the banks in Germany were controlled by Calvinistic Lutherans who believed that the doctrine of predestination applied to one’s economic station in life.  If…

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Why Should the Devil have all the Good Music?

By: on January 16, 2013

Why Should the Devil have all the Good Music? These were familiar lyrics when I was a youth.  Larry Norman had begun a revolution in Christian music.  Loosely translated, it meant that we, as Christians, could still have fun! But in “The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism” by Max Weber, we’re shown that…

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“Capitalizing on Convergence”

By: on November 19, 2012

Today we take for granted many uses of technology that were nonexistent just a decade ago. Furthermore, much of the technology that we can’t imagine living without today results from the convergence of media technology. In their chapter on convergence, Briggs and Burke provide a good working definition for the term convergence. They say, “The…

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IPhone Leadership: Leading with Impact and Integrity

By: on November 18, 2012

Technology and communication have come a long way in the past couple of centuries. Can you believe it? The first stamp was produced in 1840 when letters were transported by ships and trains. Letters took weeks, sometimes months to be delivered around the world (Briggs and Burk 2010). Another communication invention in 1837 the telegraph…

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