Economists and Table Servers
Professor Brenberg on Faith and Economics
NEW YORK, June 20, 2012—What does the Christian faith have to do with economics? Assistant Professor of Business and Economics Brian Brenberg recently spoke to Comment Magazine, focusing the discussion on Acts chapter 6.
“When I speak to an audience,” Brenberg said, “I assume most won't be called to ‘full-time ministry.’ Most will be ‘table servers’—designers, builders, financiers, and deliverers of everyday stuff.” Furthermore, he explained, “most won't recognize their work as a calling, because few of us behind the lectern or in the pulpit ever talk about it this way. In Acts 6, verse two gets all of the attention.”
It isn’t just those in vocational ministry, however, that advance God’s kingdom. “Table servers advance God's Kingdom from nine to five,” Brenberg argues. “If they don't know this, they won't be very good at it. They're my audience, and my work is to show them that their work has eternal significance.”
During the interview, Professor Brenberg also speaks out on Biblical perspectives of economics, as well as on why so many Christians seem uninterested in the study of economics.
You can read the full article on Comment Magazine by clicking here.
Prof. Brenberg earned an MBA with distinction at Harvard Business School and an MPA at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. During his time at Harvard, he was selected as a Publius Fellow by the Claremont Institute and a Koch Fellow by the Institute for Humane Studies. He also served as co-president of the Harvard Business School Christian Fellowship.
Professor Brenberg teaches classes in business and economics, including business communication, non-profit management, and organizational change. Prior to joining the King’s faculty, he served as grants manager at the Charles Koch Foundation. In addition to his teaching at King’s, Prof. Brenberg has lectured for the Foundation for Economic Education, Charles Koch Institute, and World Journalism Institute.
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