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Affluent Christian Investor | October 19, 2017

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AboutMike Metzger, Author at Affluent Christian Investor

Mike Metzger

Mike Metzger

Dr. Michael Metzger is the Founder and President of Clapham Institute (www.claphaminstitute.org), 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 (www.doggieheadtilt.com). 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

October 16, 2017 |

Strengthen That Which Remains

“What do you do?” I get asked that a lot. Here’s an answer. Kathy and I seek to strengthen that which remains. What we seek to discern is exactly what remains?

“Strengthen that which remains” is found in Revelation 3. It’s Jesus’ prophetic … Read More

October 5, 2017 |

We: What Christians Can Learn From Raves

Attending a rave changed Tony Hsieh’s life. The Zappos CEO says it started him on the path to creating a new kind of business. What did Hsieh experience at that rave?

Tony Hsieh made a fortune by the age of … Read More

October 3, 2017 |

95 Percent of Our Neural Connections Come From Our Culture

Over the years, a cottage industry of Christians has sprung up addressing the issue of vocation. A quick glance at your iPhone suggests that we all ought to be talking about it.

I’m all for finding a vocation. Vocation comes from the … Read More

August 30, 2017 |

What the New Testament Can Teach Google About How to Achieve True Diversity

The recent dustup over diversity at Google indicates we’re missing the point. But I’m looking at it as a Christian. In the Christian faith, diversity is not an organizational aim.

Diversity has become a buzzword in business circles and educational … Read More

August 16, 2017 |

The Babylonian Option

In a post-Christian nation, Rod Dreher believes The Benedictine Option is the best way forward. I like much of what he says but The Babylonian Option might be better.

Dreher is known for 2011 book, “Crunchy Cons,” about how conservatives like him—“Birkenstocked Burkeans”—and “hip … Read More

August 15, 2017 |

Former Google Engineer, “System Designed to Keep Us Hooked”

Tristan Harris is calling for a design renaissance in the tech industry. He described it in his April TED Talk. What if, in his next TED Talk, Harris credited an age-old faith tradition for helping bring about this renaissance?

Harris … Read More

August 3, 2017 |

Institutions, Not Voters, Rule Society

Robert Moses and Robert Caro had identical epiphanies—40 years apart. Moses’ flash of insight came to him in the early 1920s. Caro, the early ‘60s. I hope my millennial friends have an identical epiphany.

Robert Moses (1888-1981) did as much … Read More

July 27, 2017 |

Why Theologians Should Talk With Bankers

Alex Mayyasi writes that a banker listening to a theologian seems like a curiosity, a category error. But for most of history, this kind of dialogue was the norm. What happened that clergy serving as consultants became viewed as a … Read More

July 19, 2017 |

The Theology of the Sphere

A reporter once asked German theologian Dorothee Sölle, “How would you explain happiness to a child?” “I wouldn’t explain it,” she answered. “I’d toss him a ball and let him play.” In 100 years we’ll know why Sölle was right.

If … Read More

July 10, 2017 |

Adam ‘Knew’ His Wife: How Sex Intensifies Knowledge

Why do babies so easily learn to swipe an iPhone? They’re not simply mimicking us. Tertullian would say they’re pointing us back to the hinge of salvation.

Hand a baby an iPhone. Early on, they learn to swipe across the … Read More

July 5, 2017 |

Renewing the Great Experiment

“America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.” Why was Sigmund Freud so pessimistic about our nation?

Freud recognized what most folks in the faith community … Read More

June 21, 2017 |

How WWI Weakened Christianity and Strengthened Islam

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entering World War I. Dubbed “the war to end all wars,” many historians say it was instead the war that ended the faith.

The U.S. entered the war in Europe on … Read More

June 20, 2017 |

The Gay Marriage Lobby Learned Sociology: Christians Haven’t

I used to believe that reaching the world was fairly straightforward. Win people to Christ. Disciple them. Send them out. Plant churches. Then I started reading sociology.

I came out of college gung-ho to change the world. I worked … Read More

June 19, 2017 |

Why Institutions Don’t See Evangelicals as Legit

“Institutions don’t have a good reputation among evangelicals,” writes Uli Chi. “We tend to focus on the merely personal.” That’s largely why we’re not viewed as legit.

Uli Chi is a Senior Fellow at the Max De Pree Center for … Read More

June 13, 2017 |

Biblical Knowing Means Mind AND Body Learning

When we talk about a worldview or concept, we’re assuming that human beings think with their brains. But what if we think more with our whole body?

What we say flows from what is in our heart (Luke 6:45). … Read More

May 25, 2017 |

Conversion of Africa Following The Old Normal

By 2050, reckons the Pew Center, one of every three Christians in the world will be African. Many of these Africans are coming to faith in ways similar to what we read of in this first African convert in Acts. … Read More

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

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