NTS is hosting a lecture & luncheon on Theology & Economics on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, featuring Dr. Jeff Van Duzer, Dean and Professor of Business Law & Ethics at the School of Business & Economics at Seattle Pacific University.
The morning lecture (10:00 – 10:45am; open to the public; NTS Chapel) is titled “Business, Markets and the Kingdom of God” will explore several questions, including:
- What might a “theology of business” encompass?
- What are the strengths and limitations of the free market system relative to the kingdom of God?
- How should Christians in business view the role of profit?
- How can pastors effectively equip Christians to function as salt and light in the marketplace?
Visiting faculty from other institutions, as well as area pastors, are also invited to join NTS faculty at a luncheon (12:15pm - 1:30pm; NTS Formal Lounge) where Dr. Van Duzer will continue to dialogue.* The topic will be “Navigating in the Messy Middle – Equipping Christians to Flourish in a Broken World” and will explore questions about the constraints on Christians in business who must operate within the set of options limited by market forces, including:
- Theologically, do Christians face situations where there is no “kingdom” choice available where they must, in some sense of the word, choose between “the lesser of two evils”? If so, what is the role of the church in equipping Christians to live in this world of limited options?
- Pastorally, how can Christians in business facing dilemmas be assured of God’s grace and, simultaneously, called to pursue God’s higher purposes?
*The lunch is free and open to NTS faculty, visiting faculty and area pastors who RSVP by January 17 to Lynda Hurt in the NTS Dean’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: There will be an informal time for fellowship among visiting faculty and local pastors between the morning session and lunch (10:45am - 12:15pm), hosted by Dr. Doug Hardy, NTS Professor of Spirituation Formation.