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7 Responses to “Why Institutions Matter – Pt. 2”

  1. John Nunnikhoven says:

    There is an interesting series written by T.M.Moore, “How the money changes hands” at

    These two series are profitable individually, but moreso when considered together.

  2. marble says:

    “have dominion” is not directly translated into the German word Kultur. . . .

    Kultur is culture – or cultivate, for the verb.

    To “have dominion” would be Herrschaft – which literally means the state of being ‘lord’.

    The argument you are trying to make is just as easily made all in English, by stating the connection between having dominion and ‘cultivating’ something, and then moving to ‘culture’. The move to the German does not cut out any of those steps, except that – because many of your readers probably don’t speak German – they might be tempted just to take your word for it that it’s a single step. . . .

    That’s fine for making your immediate point, but does not set your readers up to be able to defend the point, beyond a “Metz said so.”

  3. Jeffrey says:

    I like what the bible says in most translations…”subdue it (earth)” that sounds (to me) like making culture and a whole bunch more…and Metz didn’t say it! Not that there is anything wrong with that…

  4. David Greusel says:

    If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend Andy Crouch’s book “Culture Making.” He gives a really good working definition of culture and then builds a biblical case (similar to what MM has outlined above) for believers to be involved in making the culture.

  5. Bill says:

    Good things have been written on changing organizational culture from the top – CEO, Commissioner, etc. Much less has been written on changing org culture from the middle.

    Any recommendations for material aimed at those trying to influence cultural change from positions of more limited power?

  6. marble says:

    There ya go! 2 different takes on making the same point about culture, that does not rely on a tricky translation to German, then back again. Good work, Jeffrey and David!

  7. Kyle says:

    Bill, “Culture Making” does an excellent job of giving examples how to influence culture wherever you are, ie Andy’s wife in her college laboratory.

    Mike, way to re-frame Schaeffer for us. Most business won’t want to adopt a culture that follows God’s created order until the logical conclusion of the assumptions they base their structure on begins to haunt them. Eventually, they may realize that their “culture” has very little to do with our “humanness” at all, and in fact treats us much more like machines.

    However, if a friend who understands God’s created order, and has felt the tension of the dilemma that this businessman finds himself in decides to enter into his friend’s quandry, he may just be able to show how the order that existed before any of us got into business is good and fun and joyful to cultivate.

    Thanks for continuing the series.


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