As we close out our time together, and with Easter celebrations among Christians just concluding, the importance of Jesus Christ is at the forefront. So I thought it interesting to mention Christmas in April. Christians celebrate His birth. (Even non-Christians celebrate it!) Tim Keller is a prolific writer for believers of Christ. Nonbelievers also like his writings as they stir thought and perspectives. For this final time, select one of these statements from Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ (Viking, 2016) [interview] (https://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Christmas-Surprising-Behind-Christ/dp/0735221650/?tag=thegospcoal-20) and reflect on what they mean to you, especially as you’ve been exposed to the principles of Christ and the Virtuous Business Model:
“He is a Light for us when all other lights go out.” (15)
“Christmas is not simply about a birth but about a coming.” (20)
“The gospel, because it is a true story, means all the best stories will be proved, in the ultimate sense, true.” (28)
“When you say, `Doctrine doesn’t matter; what matters is that you live a good life,’ that is a doctrine. It is called the doctrine of salvation by your works rather than by grace. It assumes that you are not so bad that you need a Savior, that you are not so weak that you can’t pull yourself together and live as you should. You are actually espousing a whole set of doctrines about the nature of God, humanity, and sin. And the message of Christmas is that they are all wrong.” (131)
“If Christmas is just a nice legend, in a sense you are on your own. But if Christmas is true, then you can be saved by grace.” (133)
- Discuss specific biblical perspectives that can be applied within the Virtuous Business Model.
- How would you evaluate the potential for organizational success of certain emerging technologies, and why did you select the evaluation criteria used in your answer?