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6 Responses to “The Actual MVP”

  1. marble says:

    I get your point, but struggle with the underlying utilitarian base you seem to assume as foundational. Utilitarian cost-benefit formulas applied to people are almost always problematic. . . .

  2. Lazarus says:

    Read Matthew 20, the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, and the request of the mother of Zebedee’s sons.

    Read also the Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican in Luke 18, and the Widow’s Mite in Mark 12.

    To worry about MVP’s, or who has the front row seat in the synagogue, who gave this much or that much, or who founded the most Churches, or who will be greatest in the Kingdom, this is the mindset of those Pharisees Jesus reprimanded. All this is vainglory, and is not of God.

    There was a certain Orthodox nun, an Abbess, who was very distraught over her failing monastery. One day, while she was praying and lamenting her many failures, the Theotokos appeared to her and told her to stop punishing herself over her perceived failures. “It’s not what you think,” Mary told her, referring to heaven’s point of view concerning the ‘failing’ monastery, “it’s all quite different.”

    It is with great difficulty and spiritual struggle that some men begin to see things through heaven’s eyes, and quite often, they discover that it’s not what they thought at all, but it’s all quite different.

    What we men perceive as great “success” may not be the truth of the matter at all, for it is heaven, and not men, that sees the true causes and end of things. We must learn to see with heaven’s eyes…

  3. Gerard says:

    I agree with Marble that I am preplexed at the necessity for designating an MVP for matters that require God “to give the increase”. One man sows, and another waters. Need there be an MVP?

    I agree that “shopkeepers” are part of the body of Christ (God’s wintess on the earth for spreading the gospel)and carry an equal call to be a faithful witness whereever the “go/live”.

    But, it seems odd to designate that the “ear” (shop keepers) is more important than the “eye” (preachers).

  4. Brent says:

    Good timing- with the Wizards upending the magic again in an forgettable game last week. I would be interested in your thoughts on the book “A Theology as Big as the City” by Ray Bakke- the centrality of cities for cultural change.

  5. Mike Metzger says:

    Spreading the gospel is a divine/human enterprise – God’s providence alongside human agency. In growing the kingdom, God doesn’t need us. He has chosen to use this. The remarkable role of businesspeople is not utilitarian but simply one of the many means God used to spread the gospel. Understanding means (or “causes”) is critical according to Aristotle. Think of a table.

    Tables do not simply “happen.” The first means is the material cause. It is the wood out of which tables are made. Tables also have a formal cause—the form or shape of tables. They’re not just blocks of wood. Tables have an efficient cause, the carpenter by which tables are made. Finally, tables have a final cause, the purpose for which tables are used—either as desks, eateries, or other things.

    What caused the gospel’s rapid spread? Many things, including businesspeople as one of the primary efficient causes.

  6. kt says:

    As the owner of a restaurant, it’s easy to forget we are in the game because ordering produce, scheduling college students and rolling out 352 breakfasts on a Sunday morning doesn’t even seem a component of the game we are playing. Oftentimes our thinking is skewed towards the thought that our business isn’t really the business of evangelism. However, every single week, so many times I can’t count, I am able to tell people who I would never, ever meet in church that God is my Help in a business that fails over 50% of the time. I need to remember God picked me for His team and will play me how and when he wants!!!

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