Category Archives: Cultural Mandate

Women Made the Transformation Possible

Earlier we have written about the Mennonites of Paraguay’s Gran Chaco. Here’s another part of this mostly untold, remarkable story: the work of the women. The unlikely success of this community of immigrants, their transformation of that hostile land, was … Continue reading

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Culture: Where the Physical and Spiritual Converge

God made humankind to be culture makers, and it matters a great deal what kind of culture we create. Whatever our vocation, whatever domain we are called to, as Christians our work is ultimately to create kingdom culture—culture that reflects … Continue reading

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Vision and Technology Turned Desolation Into Abundance

Abundance can come from the most unlikely places. In the 27 years I worked for a relief and development organization, I heard two clear messages too often: From impoverished indigenous peoples the message was, “We have no resources, we are … Continue reading

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Commerce, Roads, and Mennonite Obedience to the Cultural Mandate

In our previous post we pointed out that community existed before the creation in the three-in-one God. Here we will pursue a further dimension of that truth as it was lived out in the Mennonite communities of the Gran Chaco. The … Continue reading

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Community: The Engine of Mennonite Economic Development

We wrote earlier about Edward Stoesz’s book, Like a Mustard Seed, describing the unlikely story of the Mennonites in the Gran Chaco of Paraguay. Stoesz describes nine principles that guided these immigrants in transforming a wasteland to a garden. The second of Stoesz’ principles applied … Continue reading

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What Wisdom Has to Do with Wealth

We wrote recently about the implications of wisdom in human life as an attribute from the creation. Wisdom is the framework for humans to flourish as God intended. It’s not hard to see wisdom vs. folly played out in simple economics. … Continue reading

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Imitating the First Artist: The Place of Beauty and Creativity in God’s Design

We are happy to reproduce here, by permission, the following excellent post from Reconciled World. Creator & Creation – The Place of Beauty & Creativity in God’s Design Have you ever walked into a movie late? What was that experience … Continue reading

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A Wasteland Transformed to a Garden

People often ask us, “Can you really disciple a nation? Is it really true that nations can be transformed, desolate lands can become gardens?” Our answer is a resounding “Yes!” But there’s a vital piece that must be in place, … Continue reading

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Christian Artists: Imitators of the Grand Creator

Darrow Miller and Friends is a big fan of Christian artists. That flows from the Cultural Mandate of Genesis 1:26-28 and 2:15. Darrow writes about this concept in his book, LifeWork. What God made in Genesis chapter 1 was perfect, but it … Continue reading

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Guinness: The Brand that Made God Look Good

Arthur Guinness operated a brewery for the glory of God. You could say he was part of the Monday Church of his generation. On Sunday Christ followers gather for worship, fellowship, and equipping. On Monday they go all over the city to be the … Continue reading

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