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How to Fight the Sacred-Secular Divide

So what is the answer to the sacred-secular dichotomy? How do we tear down this longstanding wall? In our thinking. That’s right! The divide is an illusion, a delusion, a deception. It doesn’t actually exist except in the minds of those who believe in it. It is, without making light of the terrible consequences of…

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Where did the Sacred-Secular Divide Come From?

So where did this unnatural and unbiblical concept of “sacred vs. secular” actually come from? It’s not as complicated as you may think. In its deepest sense, the divide comes from the flesh just as all divisions do. Sectarianism, caste-ism, class-ism, all have the fallen corrupt heart at the core. I am elevated over you…

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See the 5 Terrible Results of Sacred-Secular Thinking

Just how badly has the sacred-secular divide damaged the Cause of Christ? Consider just these five ways: Professional Ministry – Ministry is severely limited to and focused on the professionals. The “trained” pastor does the study, preaching, teaching, counseling and discipling for the congregation while the “trained” missionary does the global outreach. The “laity” is…

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What is the Sacred-Secular Divide?

You don’t have to go very far today to hear some reference to the ‘sacred-secular divide’ or the ‘sacred-secular dichotomy.’ It’s in all the books, blogs, conferences—and occasionally in a sermon. And it’s always in a negative connotation. So what exactly is the sacred-secular divide? In one sense, it’s impossible to define. It’s a kind…

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Why I Hate “Business as Mission”

Recently, I have had an increasing dislike for the term “business as mission” or “BAM”. This is very significant given that my fellow ThirdPath Co-Founder, mentor, and friend Mike Baer wrote the first book called Business as Mission and coined the term. We have discussed my growing dislike, and he understands my perspective. The Divide and Hierarchy…

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Resolving Tensions in the Integration of Business and Mission

Question: I am feeling some tensions as I begin to integrate mission and business goals together in my business operations. What tensions have you felt and how have you overcome them? What practical tips or mindsets (truths, practices, principles) have you found helpful? Answer: This is a great question and a common one. You are…

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Profit or Prophet?

If I were to write a blog entitled “Profit for the Lord” many would think I had misspelled it and that I really meant “Prophet for the Lord.” After all, Christians have no business giving energy to profits! We should give our energy to the prophets–to spiritual stuff. Why is it that Jesus’ followers have…

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Who Is Called? What Calling Is Best?

One of the most insidious and common ways the “Sacred-Secular Divide” manifests itself is concepts and discussions about calling or vocation. Specifically this emerges when we think in terms of WHO is called and DEGREES of calling. I am thankful to hear more and more people in business, medicine, government and other vocations referring to…

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BAM 2.0: A Look at the Next Generation of BAM Activity

Like many current practitioners, I stumbled on BAM by accident (providence to my more theologically astute brethren). After 15 years of pastoral ministry and church planting in the US, I longed to be more among the lost and to be able to share the gospel in a way that was perceived as coming from the…

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