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Being Missional in the Marketplace

Marketplace is the heart of the city and nation. When marketplace Christians begin to move in their anointing, the whole world will hear the voice of God. These are statements from mission strategist, Ed Silvoso. The challenge is to transform our own mindset regarding marketplace and missions. The adversaries lie in the unfounded belief that differentiates between Church work and the work of the Church; separation of church and society, clergy and laity, sacred and secular. The truth is that Kingdom advancement is the body of Christ manifesting the God’s love, power and glory to impact every realm of culture; including the marketplace.
John Wimber (1934–1997) was a famous music producer in the early 1960s before becoming one of founding leaders of the Vineyard Movement.  The Beatles had at one time approached Wimber to become their producer.  However, church that Wimber was attending as a young believer believed against the association with the secular or popular culture.  So, Wimber turned down the offer.  Things might have panned out differently if Wimber had accepted that offer, noting the high possibility that the members of The Beatles might have converted to Christianity given Wimber’s evangelistic fervor. It might have been The Beatles could have been a potentially powerful and influential force for God.

 

There is an important integration of the Church, mission, marketplace and nations.  I firmly believe that God called every believer to be “missional” in their lives and thinking to impact culture; without assigning the responsibility to “missionaries” or only “turn it on” during short-term mission trips. Much of these work are taking place in the market place. Moreover, many mission organizations are re-imagining and re-aligning with this cultural mandate.

Alibaba, Counterfeits, and China’s Shortcut Corporate Culture

For a long time, China has had the dubious honor of being famous for its ability to produce “knock-off” branded goods for sale. Many Chinese businesses also have been caught for their shady accounting practices and tricks that many businesses relied on to increase valuation for unsuspecting investors or partners. Explosive growth of e-tailers like Taobao (淘宝) and JD.com (京东), along with these two infamous schemes, created a perfect storm.

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Awakened and Positioned for Harvest

Living in Asia, I have the honour to see God waking up godly men and women in various countries to their kingdom assignments. Yet there are still many born-again believers who are half-awake spiritually. They have accepted salvation through Jesus Christ. They attend services, read the Bible, and may even be leaders in the church. They may sense or have been taught about the Kingdom of God, but its constructs and impacts are very minor concerns. The analogy is this: why get up early on a Saturday morning if there are no pressing things to wake up to? It is not just a matter of more people waking up to the reality of the Kingdom of God, but receiving our individual kingdom assignment so we can stay awake and be positioned for the harvest!

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China Companies Entering Ponzi Phase

Shanghai, China’s uber-cosmopolitan city, is a frequent stop on my business trips. It is an intriguing place of frantic risk-taking, excessive materialism, international collaboration, run-away real-estate prices, and plenty of great cuisines. The tone of most gatherings of business friends is usually jubilant, opportunistic, and aggressively forward-looking. Whispers of a liquidity crunch, however, and inquiries of cash injection, had created a more solemn mood in our gatherings since the stock market correction last year.

A September 2015 report from the Australian investment bank Macquarie showed that it has become too expensive to service their debt for most Chinese companies. The report analyzed the bonds issued by 780 companies and how they are managing interest payments on the $3.47 trillion debt. Read more…

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