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Affluent Investor | May 24, 2017

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AboutMike Metzger, Author at Affluent Investor

Mike Metzger

Mike Metzger

Dr. Michael Metzger is the Founder and President of Clapham Institute (, based in Annapolis, Maryland. In 2010, Clapham Institute published Metzger’s book, SEQUENCING: DECIPHERING YOUR COMPANY’S DNA. Metzger has had more than 50 articles published in periodicals. He also reframes the role of religion in public life in a weekly column ( He and his wife Kathy live in historic Annapolis, Maryland. They have three adult children—all married—and three wonderful granddaughters.

Posts By Mike Metzger

May 16, 2017 |

Kissing and the Kingdom

Well?… aren’t you going to kiss me?

My wife Kathy posed that question after saying yes to my marriage proposal. I replied yes—and with that kiss, we came close to embodying the embodied gospel.

Kathy and I have been married … Read More

May 5, 2017 |

Why Highly Fertile Africa Imports $50 Billion of Food Every Year

Why does Africa import $50 billion worth of food that it could grow itself? Jon Vandenheuvel can give you the answer in one word.

We recently hosted an evening with Jon Vandenheuvel here at Clapham House. Jon is CEO … Read More

April 6, 2017 |

This Is Us

The TV drama “This Is Us” is the highest rated new series of the season among adults under 50. Could it be because the show reflects the original “Us” storyline?

“This Is Us” tells the story of the Pearson … Read More

April 4, 2017 |

The Church’s Lack of Urgency

Tod Bolsinger has a powerful metaphor for what the Western church is facing today. But it tells us that few see the situation the Western church is facing.

Bolsinger is former Senior Pastor of San Clemente (CA) Presbyterian Church … Read More

April 3, 2017 |

Can the Church Innovate at the Speed of Business?

Thomas Friedman believes this is a great time to innovate. There’s even room for the faith community to play a part, but only if it starts moving at the speed of innovation.

We’re living in an age when technological innovation … Read More

March 28, 2017 |

How Your Thinking Gets Unconsciously Primed

We are all primed. Primers help paint adhere better to a surface. We are primed by various cultures that few recognize. The result is we adhere to all sorts of bad ideas.

In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman … Read More

March 24, 2017 |

The Rise of Islam and the Fall of Christian Miracles

Every church seeks to be like the original in Acts 2. Most American churches, however, can’t get there from here.

The early church was communal, experiencing sign and wonders, often in bodily manifestations such as healings and resurrections. As a … Read More

March 9, 2017 |

Trump’s Uber Democracy

Uber is a good way to get around town. But it’s not a good way to govern. Trump is the latest in a long line of Presidents who have been Ubering government.

If you want to experience firsthand how disruption … Read More

March 3, 2017 |

Is Lent a Loser?

I grew up viewing Lent as a loser. No dessert for 40 days? A food desert. That’s how many view Lent, which is why we’re often not very perceptive.

There’s a connection between fasting—what we practice during Lent—and perceiving. … Read More

February 1, 2017 |

Leaders Eat Last

Simon Sinek is widely recognized for his TED talk, “Start With Why.” He also wrote “Leaders Eat Last.” It’s good, but not clear on why leaders eat last. Scripture is.

Fans of TED talks recognize Sinek and his terrific talk, … Read More

January 24, 2017 |

Church Needs More Prophet Leaders

It’s difficult to predict the trajectory of a pitched baseball. Nearly impossible if the ball is lopsided. Richard Rohr says Western Christianity is lopsided. What’s the trajectory?

Spring training is right around the corner. Pitchers and catchers report first—mid-February. … Read More

January 5, 2017 |

Inside the Intuitive Mind

Temple Grandin has saved the cattle industry billions of dollars. But she initially knew nothing about the business. Grandin has what we call an intuitive mind.

For nearly three decades, Temple Grandin has been leading the charge for animal … Read More

December 22, 2016 |

How to Change a Nation: Neighbor—Then Neighborhood

Neighbor—then neighborhood. This was one of the tenets of the Clapham Sect. It ought to be for generous givers as well. It makes generous giving a whole lot simpler.

The Clapham Sect was a band of English activists living in … Read More

December 13, 2016 |

It’s Either Generosity or Adultery

John Lennon said he wrote songs like “All You Need is Love” because he was a revolutionary, a radical. “My art is dedicated to change.” Changing how we view generosity works the same way. We have to become radical.

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November 29, 2016 |

Why Those December Fundraising Letters Are Already Too Late

Almost December. Time to receive all sorts of Year-End fundraising letters. In most cases, however, Carole King is right. It’s too late baby.

Carole King wrote the sorrowful music for “It’s Too Late,” which won a … Read More

November 1, 2016 |

Neither Party Understands the Free-Market

The fourth annual enrollment season for ObamaCare begins today. Officials expect few to sign up, leaving The Affordable Healthcare Act ailing. The deeper problem is that neither political party understands free markets.

On November 1, consumers in many counties will … Read More

October 25, 2016 |

Naked Yet Unashamed Leadership, Prone to Self Deception

In Hans Christian Anderson’s famous fable, the Emperor is naked yet unashamed. Not good. But this happens when the prophetic voice is dismissed.

Over the last few weeks we’ve been looking at leisure. Josef Pieper said leisure is the basis … Read More

October 19, 2016 |

The Importance of Having a ‘Devil’s Advocate’

On Sept. 4th, Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa. She was recognized as a saint. The process took over ten years and included a reference check most are unfamiliar with.

The Roman Catholic Church’s canonization process is not unlike how businesses … Read More

September 21, 2016 |

Why the Market Can’t Make Sense of Prophets

The gospel ought to comfort the afflicted but afflict the comfortable. Good news—except that Jesus predicted we’d value one far more than the other. Not good news.

For the last few weeks we’ve been pondering leisure—but at a leisurely … Read More

September 19, 2016 |

The Problem With the Integrating Faith and Work Idea

The Western world operates according to two lines of thought. They’re parallel. That’s not good. What distinguishes parallel lines damages the Christian faith.

Parallel lines are a recent development. The ancients imagined life as spheres, as in the shape … Read More

September 16, 2016 |

Are Pastors Working Too Much?

There’s an old joke—pastors only work an hour a week. Clergy object, claiming to work as much as anyone else. And therein lies a problem.

A few weeks ago, I met a group of pastors who … Read More

September 9, 2016 |

Boycotting Election? Consider the Write-In

A number of voters say they’ll boycott this fall’s US Presidential election. Their revulsion is understandable, but William Wilberforce might urge a little caution here.

Voluntarily abstaining from something as an act of protest is what we call a boycott. … Read More

September 8, 2016 |

Right and Left Brained Equity Investment

Too much of the financial world is about idiocy. So writes Matthew Crawford. If you think he’s unfair, you’ve forgotten what private equity denotes.

On July 26, KKR, one of the world’s largest private equity firms, reported better-than-expected second-quarter earnings. … Read More

September 5, 2016 |

Leisure is The Basis of Culture

Americans think Labor Day is a day for leisure. But that’s not what leisure originally meant. Recovering it is critical for Christians, since leisure is the basis of culture.

If you want to have your view … Read More

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