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Next Phase of Research

I am announcing to the world that I am “officially” launching my quest to write a doctoral dissertation. I am particularly interested in the topic of mobilizing marketplace Christians for advancing the Kingdom of God through the business and mission movement. Right now I am “chasing” my thesis.

I am interested in the various perspectives on mobilization from mission agencies and conventional missions practitioners, Western pastors who want to empower their people interested in business and mission, marketplace Christians with lagging knowledge of what is happening and how they can be involved, and so on.

The best way to help me right now is to pose questions that come to mind as you think of this movement from your particular perspective. I wish I could be less vague about what it is I am asking but that is the nature of a discovery quest…I am not sure exactly what I am looking for but will know it when I find it.

Please join me in this conversation. I believe the marketplace will play a leading role in the spread of Christianity in the coming decades and will experience  incredible transformation from the inside out as we seek to know and follow Christ as we go to work.

Blessings,

Dave Doty

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A question for readers

I am in the process of assembling a business and mission primer for publication in the coming weeks (approximately 45-50 pages). My intent is to first publish it as an ebook but am curious to know what questions folk would like to have addressed. Also, is there any interest in a print version? Some material in this primer is adapted from my book, Eden’s Bridge: The Marketplace in Creation and Mission, but obviously in much less detail and at a much lower price. The aim is to make foundational information more accessible to foster more discussion on the role marketplace Christians have to play in God’s movement in and through the business world.

Let me know your thoughts.

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Kindle Release of Eden’s Bridge: The Marketplace in Creation and Mission

Wipf & Stock Publishers have released the Kindle edition of Eden’s Bridge: The Marketplace in Creation and Mission. Now available at Amazon.com for just $9.99!

About Eden’s Bridge: The Marketplace in Creation and Mission and the Author, David Doty

For the last twenty or thirty years, it has become increasingly obvious that God is moving in the marketplace. Many marketplace-related ministries have sprung into action including workplace Bible studies and prayer groups, executive discipleship programs, economic development and skills training programs by missions and urban renewal ministries, and so on. A great deal of literature has been produced, especially on principles-based Christian marketplace ethics, the theologies of work and stewardship, and development work among the poor (both domestically and internationally).

What has been missing is a theological understanding of the marketplace, specifically in Biblical and missional perspectives. According to Victor Claar, economics professor and co-author of Economics in Christian Perspective, my newly published book from Wipf & Stock Publishers, Eden’s Bridge: The Marketplace in Creation and Mission, makes both the theological and practical cases for the marketplace in creation and the mission of God.

The central thesis of Eden’s Bridge is that the marketplace is an institution of God, modeled implicitly in the creation narrative of Genesis 1–2 and vital to God’s mission in the world for the advancement of His Kingdom.

Eden’s Bridge accomplishes three important things:
1)     It articulates the first biblically-based theology of the marketplace, that is, the nature and purpose of economic exchanges;
2)     It validates the careers of Christians in the marketplace as divine calling, liberating Christian workers from the false notion of “secular” vocation;
3)     It challenges each Christian worker to consider how their vocation contributes to advancing God’s Kingdom and glorifies God.

 

Given the imperfection of a fallen world, there are no perfect answers to current issues in the marketplace.. But, Eden’s Bridge aims to challenge the status quo. It asks readers to press more deeply into the Bible and their knowledge of God and His ways to bring about positive change in and through the marketplace as glorifying witness to the goodness of God and to advance the mission of God (the missio Dei) in the world.

 

Outcomes that I envision are 1) the empowerment of marketplace Christians toward a rising witnessing and discipling movement in the marketplace, 2) the opportunity to coordinate intentional advancement of God’s mission through the marketplace with regional, national, and global ministries, and 3) pursuing additional research toward that coordination and the revelation of God’s intentions in the marketplace and in economic justice in our day and looking forward.

 

Re my personal history and the making of Eden’s Bridge: I have held business management and administrative positions in a variety of industries through my thirty year career. Half my career has been as an entrepreneur, starting and owning three small businesses. In the midst of that career, God called me to complete an M.A. in World Mission and Evangelism at Asbury Theological Seminary (2006). I came to write Eden’s Bridge as a convergence of those two paths. The book is the result of eight years’ research and the opportunity to complete it came after Teresa and I shut down our last business in February, 2010, as a result of the recession. I believe God called us to the Atlanta area last fall to facilitate bringing this message to the church globally. We have been excited to connect to the church on many fronts, especially through North Point Community Church in worship, through C3G, and the Men’s Prayer Group.

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Invitation to Connect – Researching and Networking God’s Marketplace Activity

We are, as the Church, the Body of the Living Christ, called to action as witnesses to the glory of our Heavenly Father by our good works, to be inspirational salt and light to the world, loving one another by ministering to the needs of the Church, and embodying God’s love for the lost. The Church has not only its own collective knowledge, wisdom, will, and resources, but the knowledge, wisdom, will, and resources of God, by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, to transform the world, including every overarching institution, false ideology, and social and cultural construct. It is to this aim that…

I am trying to network globally with anyone interested in the topics of Christian faith, economics, marketplace ministries, discipleship, and development. This is an open invitation to connect with me via LinkedIn. If you do not have a LinkedIn account or have access to me there (for my Facebook readers), join any of about thirty prominent LinkedIn marketplace-oriented groups and you can find me through my regular posts.

My interests lie in continuing the conversation, especially toward mobilization strategies, concerning the role of the marketplace functioning as a vital component of God’s Kingdom and for advancing God’s Kingdom via missional initiative(s). I am interested in soliciting and collecting case studies on any type of Christian marketplace ministries or initiatives including workplace discipleship, marketplace discipleship (not exclusive to a particular workplace), workplace prayer groups or prayer chains, focused academic programs, workplace Bible studies, Christian business or community development initiatives (including investment models, micro-economic development both domestic and international, and so on), or pretty much any model that connects any of the above.

One goal is to establish a network that can facilitate matching people, ministries, education, and needs to advance marketplace evangelism and discipleship, the alleviation of economic suffering and injustice, and intentional movement toward the biblical model of shalom for all.

 And now, a little more about my research to date and about me:

About Eden’s Bridge: The Marketplace in Creation and Mission and the Author, David Doty

For the last twenty or thirty years, it has become increasingly obvious that God is moving in the marketplace. Many marketplace-related ministries have sprung into action including workplace Bible studies and prayer groups, executive discipleship programs, economic development and skills training programs by missions and urban renewal ministries, and so on. A great deal of literature has been produced, especially on principles-based Christian marketplace ethics, the theologies of work and stewardship, and development work among the poor (both domestically and internationally).

What has been missing is a theological understanding of the marketplace, specifically in Biblical and missional perspectives. According to Victor Claar, economics professor and co-author of Economics in Christian Perspective, my newly published book from Wipf & Stock Publishers, Eden’s Bridge: The Marketplace in Creation and Mission, makes both the theological and practical cases for the marketplace in creation and the mission of God.

The central thesis of Eden’s Bridge is that the marketplace is an institution of God, modeled implicitly in the creation narrative of Genesis 1–2 and vital to God’s mission in the world for the advancement of His Kingdom.

Eden’s Bridge accomplishes three important things:
1)     It articulates the first biblically-based theology of the marketplace;
2)     It validates the careers of Christians in the marketplace as divine calling, liberating Christian workers from the false notion of “secular” vocation;
3)     It challenges each Christian worker to consider how their vocation glorifies God and contributes to advancing His Kingdom.

 Given the imperfection of a fallen world, there are no perfect answers to current issues in the marketplace. But, Eden’s Bridge aims to challenge the status quo. It asks readers to press more deeply into the Bible and their knowledge of God and His ways to bring about positive change in and through the marketplace as glorifying witness to the goodness of God and to advance the mission of God (the missio Dei) in the world.

Outcomes that I envision are 1) the empowerment of marketplace Christians toward a rising witnessing and discipling movement in the marketplace, 2) the opportunity to coordinate intentional advancement of God’s mission through the marketplace with regional, national, and global ministries, and 3) pursuing additional research toward that coordination and the revelation of God’s intentions in the marketplace and in economic justice in our day and looking forward.

Re my personal history and the making of Eden’s Bridge: I have held business management and administrative positions in a variety of industries through my thirty year career. Half my career has been as an entrepreneur, starting and owning three small businesses. In the midst of that career, God called me to complete an M.A. in World Mission and Evangelism at Asbury Theological Seminary (2006). I came to write Eden’s Bridge as a convergence of those two paths. The book is the result of eight years’ research and the opportunity to complete it came after Teresa and I shut down our last business in February, 2010, as a result of the recession. I believe God called us to the Atlanta area last fall to facilitate bringing this message to the church globally. We have been excited to connect to the church on many fronts, especially through North Point Community Church in worship, through C3G, and the Men’s Prayer Group.

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What are the Pressing Questions on Integrating Faith and Economics?

As I continue researching the integration of faith and ethics, I am faced with a complexity of issues and activities on the fronts of morality (determinative of motivations and informing ethics), ethics (as the outworking of morality, i.e., what is or is not appropriate behavior), diversity (both the broad range of activities and in theological explanations), and so on.

But, I am most curious about what marketplace Christians perceive to be the most pressing questions pertaining to their understanding of why and how we experience or pursue the integration of our Christian faith and our economic activity, whether in employment, in mission / missions, personal and corporate spending and investment patterns, etc.

Most of us recognize this is an important topic, especially given the globalizing of economics and the volatility of economic instability and economic injustice.

So, I throw the conversation open and ask: What are the pressing questions on integrating faith and economics?

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Ordering Glitch – FIXED

The link in the original post is fixed. You can also order Eden’s Bridge HERE.

Dave Doty

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Eden’s Bridge: The Marketplace in Creation and Mission – NOW AVAILABLE!

Eden’s Bridge: The Marketplace in Creation and Mission – NOW AVAILABLE!

Get yours at Amazon.com . . . click here.

Is Business “of God”?

 Eden’s Bridge: The Marketplace in Creation and Mission

Copyright © 2011 David B. Doty. All rights reserved.

ISBN13: 978-1-61097-824-8 (Wipf & Stock Publishers)

Given the current global economic crisis, there are likely few more important topics than the marketplace and its function in Christian worldview. Beyond historic theologies of work and stewardship, Eden’s Bridge articulates the first biblical theology of the marketplace as an intentional function in God’s created order.

Eden’s Bridge explores a marketplace model implicit in the creation narrative of Genesis 1–2 and seven supporting propositions. In the end, Eden’s Bridge makes two very serious and impactful statements in general: 1) The marketplace as an institution of God makes our business practice a sacred enterprise, infused with holy purpose and as witness to the glory of God, and 2) it validates marketplace vocations as Christian calling, meaning all Christians working in the marketplace can embrace their employment as having missional significance toward the redemption of all creation.

The six chapters of Eden’s Bridge cover the central thesis and propositions, a review of the economic / marketplace elements found in Genesis 1–2, biblical economic models and theological concerns, a review of key biblical and marketplace terminology, the process of redeeming the marketplace, and the roles and function of the marketplace in the mission of God (misseo Dei) in the world.

I, as an author, entrepreneur, and seminarian, came to the thesis and writing of Eden’s Bridge amidst a thirty year business management and administrative career. Eden’s Bridge is the result of nine years’ research that began while I was pursuing a Master of Arts in World Mission and Evangelism at Asbury Theological Seminary (2006). I am currently interested in inviting discussion concerning the theology of the marketplace Eden’s Bridge presents and am available for speaking engagements with Christian business-related groups, pastors, academicians, and churches.

Thanks,
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Dave Doty
Author, Eden’s Bridge: The Marketplace in Creation and Mission
http://www.edensbridge.org

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Eden’s Bridge book interview @ Poverty Cure

Elise Hilton of Acton Institute posted a review / interview on Eden’s Bridge: The Marketplace in Creation and Mission on the Poverty Cure website:
http://www.povertycure.org/media/blog/edens-bridge-the-marketplace-in-gods-kingdom-a-partner-spotlight/

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Cover art for Eden’s Bridge: The Marketplace in Creation and Mission

How exciting is this? Eden’s Bridge should begin shipping within two weeks, available for order from Wipf & Stock or directly from me for single or multiple copy orders. Dave Doty – 859.621.3636 // davedoty@edensbridge.org

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We’ve Moved!

All previous post content has been moved to our new website: www.edensbridge.org.

Please visit us there!

Thanks,

Dave Doty

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