In this issue a very personal experience of the Arab Spring is our opening article. John Lovatt witnessed the early days of this phenomenon in Egypt, and its impact on business. He looks at why bribery suddenly disappeared, and the role of Faith (theirs and ours) in Egyptian business.
A radical and disturbing thesis by Clive and Cara Beed, echoed to some extent by Eduardo Sasso, forms a major part of this issue. St. Matthewï¿½s gospel appears to state that hierarchical government is not according to Jesusï¿½ requirements – whether in the churches or in business. Is there a difference between hierachy and authority? How can they live together, if at all, in a Christian context? Clive and Cara produce a closely argued biblical analysis. Eduardo speaks from his personal experience in Costa Rica. Let us know what you think.
One man who did great things to bring daily life and work to the forefront in Christian thinking, including the founding of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity, was John Stott. He died on 27th July, aged 90. We have a tribute to him here from Matthew Smith, who spent three years with him as study assistant. Hierarchy also appears as an unwelcome word in Matthewï¿½s story of him. When someone told John they felt called to ï¿½the ministryï¿½, he would try to look innocent, and then ask, ï¿½what ministry are you talking about?ï¿½
Continuing our policy of including personal interviews with Christian business people, Sally Orwin has been talking to Phil Schluter, who runs Schluter Coffee, buying coffee from Africa. The good which Christian entrepreneurs can do in technical as well as pastoral matters is obvious from this interview – grading coffees from different parts of Burundi has resulted in a major improvement in farmer income, and endorsement from the government there.
Anthony Ogunbowale-Thomas outlines a new initiative in encouraging young Christian entrepreneurs, whereby mentors and finance are found, leading to Good Fruit.
We have two book reviews this time. The Archbishop of Canterbury is President of the Industrial Christian Fellowship, and so it is good to see that he has ventured into economics. However, Eve Poole reviews Ethics, Economics and Justice, co-edited by him, with a little disappointment. On the other hand, James Allcock is enthusiastic about John Browneï¿½s biographical Beyond Business, coming as they both do from the energy industry.
Changing times and crises bring new thinking, and we hope you will enjoy this issue for its refreshing look at what is happening in the world of faith and business.
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Volume 14.3 – Book review: Beyond BusinessThe full article is available for download here Read more
Volume 14.3 – Book review: Crisis and RecoveryThe full article is available for download here Read more
Volume 14.3 – Interview: Sally Orwin profiles Phil SchluternThe full article is available for download here Read more
Volume 14.3 – John Stott – Leadership by exampleThe full article is available for download here Read more
Volume 14.3 – Shared-Bread CompaniesThe full article is available for download here Read more
Volume 14.3 – Good FruitThe full article is available for download here Read more
Volume 14.3 – Jesus’ Teachings on GovernanceThe full article is available for download here Read more
Volume 14.3 – Arab SpringThe full article is available for download here Read more