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Business as Missions: your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven


By Allan Lunsford at Insidework.net - Type in the Google search “business as missions.” You’ll find lots there, reflecting an increasing tempo of conversation aboutmarketplace ministry…enough to suggest it could be the Next Big Thing, as far as many Christian communities are concerned.

I appreciate the sentiment . . . sort of. What concerns me is wondering whether the conversation is informed by the biblical text—whether people are re-framing their understanding of business in a biblical worldview or simply putting a new coat of paint on the old structure called “missions”— because I don’t think the old structure is transferable. I think it’s an example of the “new wineskin/old wineskin” thing Jesus talked about:

No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins. — Mark 2:21-22

I’m afraid of a bait and switch. In my twenties, the prevailing attitude in the campus ministry group I was around was “As a Christian you should be a missionary. So while you are at college, missions are what you should be about . . . reaching people for Christ and discipling them. If you happen to get a degree while you’re here that would be nice . . . but you are basically here to do ministry.” Lately I’m beginning to hear statements that sound similar . . . “The marketplace is the mission field. You go to work to lead people to Christ and disciple them. You are a “priest” and that should be the focus of your foundation at work.” Read the full article here.

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posted by Justin Forman | 12.29.2009 - 7:10 AM

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