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Would You Change the Sign?

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Seth Godin wants to know.

Jordan J. Ballor Jordan J. Ballor (Dr. theol., University of Zurich; Ph.D., Calvin Theological Seminary) is a senior research fellow and director of publishing at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion & Liberty. He is also a postdoctoral researcher in theology and economics at the VU University Amsterdam as part of the "What Good Markets Are Good For" project. He is author of Get Your Hands Dirty: Essays on Christian Social Thought (and Action) (Wipf & Stock, 2013), Covenant, Causality, and Law: A Study in the Theology of Wolfgang Musculus (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2012) and Ecumenical Babel: Confusing Economic Ideology and the Church's Social Witness (Christian's Library Press, 2010), as well as editor of numerous works, including Abraham Kuyper Collected Works in Public Theology. Jordan is also associate director of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research at Calvin Theological Seminary.


  • I guess the question should be answered from this perspective: You are the business owner and have policies and proceedures in place. How long would you tolerate an employee making changes in those policies and proceedures based on their own view – or a customer’s view – of what is and is not correct? About a New York second, Seth, about a New York second.

    I think the original poster may have had a communications problem with the bakery person, but, until we have her side of the story, we will never know what was or was not the situation from that side of the counter.