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If the Early Church had social media...

Uncategorized Feb 07, 2020

If the Early Church had the technology we have today, I don’t think it would have lasted too long. If Paul had sent a rebuke to the Corinthians in an email a juicy extract would have been tweeted and sunk the Corinthian ship. If Paul and Barnabas sorted out their differences on Facebook that missions venture would probably have crashed. If Ananias and Saphira were part of the real estate LinkedIn group…

Years ago I was asked to speak on the topic, “What is the church doing with technology?” and, in my opening address, I pointed out the error in the question. The real question was “What is technology doing to the church?” Technology can be a good thing, but it can spread darkness at the speed of light. I suspect I wrote more this week than the average New Testament writer did in a year, but it does not mean that my work will last. Today we can do more: more YouTube broadcasts, more tweets, more TikToks... but will our “more” last for...

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To transform business, you must address worldview

Uncategorized Feb 05, 2020
 

Many businesses want to be "disruptive" yet their paradigms have not changed from decades-old thinking. Transformed people repurpose businesses; repurposed businesses repurpose spheres; transformed spheres shape policy; transformed policies contribute to societal transformation.

This video is a talk given by Brett Johnson to the faculty at Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma.

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Business midwife

My wife likes the TV series, Call the Midwife; it is a little too blood-and-gory for me, but, I must say, I feel like a midwife for businesses.

During my first visit to a chiropractor he asked, at the end of the exam, "So, what do you do?" "Oh, I am a corporate chiropractor!" 

This led to a conversation about a key thing I do: coming alongside existing businesses and helping them align with truth, or at least with an amazing purpose. Some of the companies we work with describe themselves as faith-based, some as purpose-driven.

Being a chiropractor happens after a regular old business sees the light or,  as one client put it, gets a "born again."  Just as Christian parents do not automatically give birth to Christian children, likewise Christian businesspeople do not inevitably have businesses that further the business of what some call "the kingdom of God." 

On a trip to Morocco, which is a kingdom, I realized how little Westerners know about living...

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