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  • John Kim

Isaiah 43:19 “Behold I am doing a new thing.”


In the 1800’s, 90% of people lived on farms. Convincing folks back then that most people today would work for this thing called a corporation, would have proved nearly impossible. Today about 1% of people live on farms, and almost everyone works for some sort of company. It’s hard for us to imagine anything else, but the future will inevitably look quite different from the world we live in today.


DAOs (decentralized autonomous organizations) and crypto networks have unlocked totally new models for how people can earn a living partaking in activities that are already core to their daily lives. While social networks like Facebook extract value from users who generate content, Bitclout actually pays its users to create (create to earn). While most video games monetize users with in-app purchases, whole villages stayed afloat in the midst of covid playing Axie Infinity (play to earn). And while Udemy and Skillshare charge subscriptions for users to learn, Earn.com (now Coinbase Earn) actually pays its users to get an education (learn to earn).


In the future, I believe the overwhelming majority of people won’t be working for companies, but for DAOs and crypto networks. From “farm to earn” and then “work to earn”, we’re heading into an “x to earn” world where x is an activity that you’re already doing. These crypto networks can reward people for said activities because each additional user to a social network, multi-player game, or two sided learning platform adds value to that platform (this is called a network effect). Corporations don’t reward users for coming on board and adding this value. DAOs and crypto networks do.


I’ve been thinking about what this might mean for ministry. What if instead of paying a seminary to learn how to minister to folks, one could get paid by a DAO to learn how to minister to folks? What if instead of paying to go on a missions trip, a crypto network subsidized all costs and then some to bless the lost? What if the next model for ministry wasn’t play to earn, but pray to earn?


Pray To Earn?


I felt really uncomfortable about this when the idea first came to me. Jesus overturned the money changers’ tables and said “Is it not written, ‘my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of robbers.’” The Catholic Church got in a pile of trouble for selling prayers to forgive sins (indulgences). Prayer should be about God, not about money!


But I felt a prompting to continue pursuing. I still haven’t figured it all out, but I felt God remind me that the most basic way to make disciples is to fulfil people’s needs. Missionaries provide medical supplies to sick people. They feed hungry people. They show God’s love first, and then if the opportunity presents itself they share the good news. And they learned that from Jesus himself. He healed the sick, fed to hungry, and in so doing many came to faith.


So if you went to a villager and said “hey download this app, someone’s going to say a blessing for you and your family, then you’ll get some tokens in your wallet that will help feed your family,” is that not in line with the heart of God? I’m not an expert on missions, but I have some portfolio companies operating in these parts of the world, and I feel it’s a pretty compelling value proposition that many would take up.


I pitched the idea to Elaine the other day and she asked some hard questions (as a good wife does!)


“How are you going to find the people to pray? Why would they come on the platform?”


“Well, I get a kick out of praying for strangers and I’d love to join something like this. I wouldn’t do it for money, but I know some amazing intercessors who absolutely would love to do it full time if they were freed from the constraints of earning a living.”


“But ministering should be a calling, not something so transactional.”


“Well pastors get paid so there’s a transaction. But I’m sure most every pastor has been called by God. I don’t think the presence of a transaction precludes the presence of God’s calling.”


“There are just so many ways this could go wrong. People could abuse the platform to earn money and mess things up spiritually. How do you make sure the intercessors are vetted?”


I didn’t really have an answer for this one so I mumbled something and walked away. But in my prayer time I felt God remind me that people had the same questions about Airbnb. “People are going to let complete strangers stay in their home for money? There are so many ways this could go wrong. How do you vet hosts and guests? They could be rapists… or worse!”


Well Airbnb figured it out, and I’m not sure I can figure it out. But if God is in this then he sure as heck can figure it out.


Lord, I can’t wait to see what you have in store. I have no idea if “pray to earn” is part of it, but I believe you’re using technology to catalyze a revival like the world has never known. I don’t know what the future holds, but I know it’s going to be good, because you are good. I submit my plans to yours, and thank you for your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  • John Kim

“And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel.”

Judges 2:10


My friend Jason Lee from the Algorand Foundation recently invited me to this call he’s putting together on Friday for Christians in Crypto. We’ll be hearing a presentation from Mission DAO, the world’s first fully transparent and decentralized mission fund. I love how they’ve characterized their mission.


“To Advance the Kingdom of God (on Earth and in the Metaverse).”


I haven’t met the team yet, but after poking around on their site and whitepaper, I feel like this is a project I could really get behind. They will raise funds through the sale of scripture inspired NFTs, and use those funds to support missionaries sent to the nations, and also to the metaverse. The founder Broderick talks about how he hopes that when young people go into the metaverse, they’ll be able to find a safe space and experience the presence of God. If the church isn’t on top of this seismic shift, we could see a generation who forgets the work of the Lord and all he’s done, as we saw in Judges 2.


I know many of you are, like me, excited about how God is using crypto and blockchain to bring billions to experience a deeper revelation of his love. If you have the time, please join us on Friday.


Lord, you are the same yesterday and forever. But you’re also doing a crazy new thing. I’m so excited to see you raise up a generation to join in your work. Bless Mission DAO and watch over the team and all the participants on this call Friday. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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You are invited to a Christians in Crypto Zoom meeting.

When: Jan 21, 2022 09:00 AM Singapore


This is a group of believers who are working in cryptocurrency and blockchain companies, projects or investments. As this is the new frontier, we want to gather like-minded people to build relationship, contribute thought leadership as we participate in the redemption of this space for God’s glory.


Register in advance for this meeting:

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  • John Kim

Luke 10:29 “And who is my neighbor?”

I’ve been meditating on the increasing divisiveness we see in the world around us. For all of human history, people formed groups that fought each other for control of resources. In that context, it’s really important to be able to identify quickly who is a member of your group and who is not.

I recently came across Roger Sperry’s fascinating work on split-brain experiments. After the left and right hemispheres of a brain are severed, one can show different images to each brain (the left eye feeds info to the right brain, and the right eye to the left brain) and the two hemisphere’s can’t communicate with each other. If you ask the person to describe what they just saw, they will describe the input to their left brain because that is where language processing resides. But if you ask the person to draw what they just saw with their left hand, they will draw a different image, the one shown to their right brain (which controls the left hand). What this means is that two different parts of the brain believe that just saw two different images, even though they are part of the same body.

Let me repeat. Two different parts of the brain can believe two different things at the same time, even though they are part of the same body.

Now from a spiritual perspective, what distinguished one group from another historically was what one believed. “I believe in this god, you also believe in this god. So we’re part of the same body. Let’s treat each other well. That guy believes in a different god. He’s not part of our body so let’s treat him less well.” We see a lot of this dynamic in scriptures as well, particularly in the old testament where God wanted to make sure the Israelites were holy (which literally means “set apart”). And while I believe God continues to care about holiness, I also wonder if how holiness manifests is also undergoing a change that started thousands of years ago.

We know that the two most important commandments in all of scripture are to love God with everything you’ve got, and to love your neighbor as yourself. When a religious leader asked Jesus who would qualify as his neighbor, Jesus replied with the parable of the good Samaritan. A man gets robbed and beaten half dead. A priest passes by on the road without helping. A Levite passes by without helping. Then a Samaritan passes by and takes care of the victim at great expense to himself. The first two men are Jews, part of the same group as the man. The Samaritan is part of a hated out-group. (Watch The Chosen to see how hated they actually were.)

Who are we to love? Who are we to treat as extensions of our own body? Who qualifies as a neighbor when you are told to love your neighbor “as yourself?”

I feel Jesus makes it pretty clear here that it has nothing to do with having the same beliefs. God still cares about being set apart, but I wonder if that has more to do sharing love than sharing beliefs. The standard of the world is to love those who are like you, who are part of the same group as you, who believe the same things you do. So to be set apart or holy in today’s context is to depart from the ways of the world and love those who are not like you.

“For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.”

Lord, there are so many debates out there and I’m so tempted to get involved in so many of them. I believe you celebrate our differences, but are saddened when people feel “othered” because of those differences. Help me to honor others as extensions of my own body, even when are different from me. Thank you for the ultimate example of true love. In your son’s name, Amen.