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6 Responses to “Hitting On All Cylinders”

  1. Dave Lamp says:

    Would commend James Davison Hunter’s “To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy & Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World” to you. He suggests “faithful presence” as a method of Babylonian accountability by the family of faith…


  2. Kyle Vitasek says:

    Sound like we could all use a little more shop class. And seems like we would do well to heed the great commission which says ‘go’, get your hands dirty… you don’t need to gather in your upper room incessantly to prepare for this. If we’re not equipped it surely isn’t because we’ve bailed on the academy, but rather the shop. Thanks again mike

  3. Dan McWilliams says:

    Mike– Any evidence of what the Jews actually did in Babylon? Did they take assisting them to flourishing seriously? Doesn’t seem they did considering where that kingdom ended up…

  4. Tim Patterson says:

    I appreciated this and want to be looking for ways to listen to and/or be a practitioner.


  5. Mike Metzger says:

    Dan: – No doubt you are probably close to the truth. My point is not whether they proved faithful to the task as much as they needed to prove faithful to the task – if they were to love the Babylonians.

    The main point is that the faith community tends to be program and curriculum based, working from the church out to business in their efforts to renew society. Innovation (the Latin for renewal) works the other way, according to innovation experts. It is problem-driven (as it was for the Jews in Babylon) and makes the business person the authority. This is a reversal of most of what we see in the “faith and work” movement and literature.

  6. Mike Metzger says:


    One small turn of the dial my good friend. Given your calling, it is unlikely your role it to be a practitioner, say, in business. You are exactly right when you say your role is to listen to practitioners. Your calling is to serve them, as Christ noted – if you want to be great in the kingdom, be the servant of all. We understand “all” as including, for the Jews, serving the Babylonians.

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