Business for the Common Good 2

imgresIn Business for the Common Good, Kenman Wong & Scott Rae, as do John Knapp and Tim Keller, see a problem with the commonly held, yet unbiblical, sacred-secular divide. “Ministry” means “service.”  “To have a ministry simply means to be in service to God.”  “Business is ministry, the work of God in the world.”  And “[a]ll of us are in full-time ministry if we are followers of Christ, and we entered full-time service/ministry at the time we came to faith.”

Yet I fear this mode of thinking is too ingrained, especially among the “ministers.”

Take a look at this wonderful piece in which its writer, Drew Dyck, affirms “all vocations are sacred.”  He “applaud[s] this move towards a more holistic understanding of vocation.”  Yet, in the next paragraph, the writer says “[l]et’s not forget to also honor the call to full-time ministry,” referring to pastors and missionaries in contrast to every other vocation.

I am certain the writer did not mean to imply only being a full-time pastor or missionary is being in “full-time ministry.”  But that’s precisely the problem.  We use the term “ministry” so consistently to refer solely to church activities that it is hard for us to grasp everything, including business, is ministry.

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Eye Opening

WWAM036When my wife and I had found out we were expecting our first child a few years ago, my parents said to me, “Now, you will all of a sudden begin to notice pregnant women wherever you go.”  And that turned out true!  Often we are so unaware of what’s going on around us until something triggers us to become aware of some aspect.  Once that happens, we can’t help but notice it.

I wonder if that’s what’s happening.  Just look at this list of recently published faith-work related items I’ve come across just today.

Is this a new trend, and am I a part of that trend?  Or has there always been this movement of faith and work and am I now becoming aware of it?

And thus grows and grows the list of books to read….  🙂