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Business as Mission

The Problem with Labels

I was having dinner the other night with an old BAM friend and one of the things we discussed was the plethora of labels and terms used in the world of BAM. Business as Mission, Business for Transformation (B4T), Kingdom Business, Kingdom Entrepreneurialism, Social Enterprise (in some cases). Are these confusing? They can be. Let…

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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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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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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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Does Business as Mission Conflict with Gospel Ministry?

I recently saw a comment by an honestly concerned Christian that the for-profit business activities of a particular ministry could lead to a de-emphasis of that ministry’s Gospel work. As one fairly well vetted in marketplace theology and the business-as-mission movement (BAM), I was struck immediately that this concern comes from having embraced, even if…

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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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Business as Mission: An Expression of Biblical Integrity

The word “integrity” has been bandied about so much over the last decade or so that it has practically become meaningless. Politicians are described in their self-serving advertisements as men or women of “integrity.” We like the word. It’s right up there with “tolerant”—another empty term. In fact, who could argue with someone who was…

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