This article by Dr Tongoi provides a thoughtful entry point for those embarking on 'business as mission'. He explains why 'business' and 'mission' are not mutually exclusive terms, and cautions against viewing business as an 'access vehicle' into a community. A great theological and practical overview of how business can be a blessing to the nations.
In this article, Sibs Sibanda introduces the important doctrine of common grace. He explains why a misunderstanding of common grace causes Christians to have either an overly optimistic or an overly pessimistic view of the world, and highlights a few practical implications for business.
One topic in Christian theology that seems to generate more questions than answers, is that of God’s sovereignty and man’s free will. And yet it cannot be ignored, because it directly impacts the way we approach life, including work. In this article, Sibs Sibanda deftly explores the tension between being subject to the actions of others, and being masters of our own destiny.
Although biblical faith is based on divine revelation, it also meets the demands of intellectual inquiry. Sibs Sibanda interrogates the false contradiction between faith and reason, which delegitimises the Christian perspective in public discourse and business philosophy. Essential reading for those who want to overcome the sacred-secular divide, and align their (whole) lives with God's model of reality.
Too many of us set our hope on temporal things, and we indiscriminately embrace the same philosophies, pursue the same outcomes, and define success in the same way as non-Christians. In this foundational article, Sibs Sibanda examines why and how Christian hope should influence our approach to business. Ultimately, our 'confident expectation of the age to come' is an anchor that enables, and sustains, our freedom and joy.
Work is sometimes viewed as a necessary evil, and even among those with a more biblically aligned view, it can certainly feel like that sometimes. Which is why a discussion of love for God and neighbour in the context of business may come as a bit of a surprise. In this article, Sibs Sibanda explores the relationship between love and work, and makes a strong case for why believers should view business from the perspective of love.
In an article that is truly on point, Sibs Sibanda explains why our perspective is important in our daily business practice. Perspective matters profoundly, because our actions flow directly from how we make sense of the world. He introduces a useful framework for evaluating how our culture and life experiences have influenced what we believe to be true, and points to how we can use this framework to realign our perspective to biblical reality.
Much is said about corruption and the failure of accountability in Africa – which is appropriate, but also convenient. In this thought-provoking article, Sibs explores the intersection of traditional African culture with modern interpretations of 'accountability'.
Dorothy was one of the first women to graduate from Oxford and, arguably, one of the most influential Christian thinkers of the 20th century. An ardent defender of the church, she also pointed out its shortcomings regarding equipping Christians to live out their faith at work. This perceptive, articulate article is essential reading on the topic of living out your marketplace calling.
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