Identity

Getting Our Story Straight

Getting Our Story Straight

Adapted from Becoming Whole: Why the Opposite of Poverty Isn’t the American Dream by Brian Fikkert and Kelly Kapic —aiming to expose the misconceptions of both Western Civilization and the Western church about the nature of God, human beings, and the world, they redefine success and offer new ways of achieving that success.

How Creative Business Blesses a City: Aaron Klusman's Story

How Creative Business Blesses a City: Aaron Klusman's Story

Aaron Klusman's fast-paced baseball career is a model for Christian entrepreneurs nationwide. While playing baseball at ASU, Klusman tried his hand at business by starting a retail clothing company, which grew to include sales representatives nationwide.

Why believe? The promise of research on the role of religion in entrepreneurial action

Why believe? The promise of research on the role of religion in entrepreneurial action

Religion is one of the most pervasive and central topics in society. However, its relative neglect by entrepreneurship research leads to an insufficient understanding of entrepreneurial action. Read the academic article here from The Journal of Business Venturing Insights.

Why Are There No Christians Left Anymore?

Why Are There No Christians Left Anymore?

Rick Goossen, Chairman of Entrepreneurial Leaders Organization (ELO) Network, discusses “There are virtually no ‘Christians’ left in North America.  Where have they all gone?  How did it become so complicated to be called a Christian?  Does it matter?”

Stepping on the Head of Evil: An Entrepreneur's Role in the Gospel and Redemption

Stepping on the Head of Evil: An Entrepreneur's Role in the Gospel and Redemption

It's not often that an article intrigues me the way Anthony Bradley's recent piece in Fathom did.  His major point of many of us not having a complete view of the Gospel and restoration of God's Kingdom has very real ramifications for us as entrepreneurs, even though at face level this is a post about racial reconciliation in the Church.

How do we see work and earning in the bigger picture of our Christian faith?

How do we see work and earning in the bigger picture of our Christian faith?

Wes Willmer builds us up in his piece: How do we see work and earning in the bigger picture of our Christian faith? He reveals that increasing our impact is not about earning more money, but that it happens when we acknowledge our place in God’s work, when we know ourselves, and when we understand how God views money.

Podcast Episode 55 - Have you ever had a dream?: Phil Vischer, Creator of VeggieTales

Podcast Episode 55 - Have you ever had a dream?: Phil Vischer, Creator of VeggieTales

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In this episode we’re just outside of Chicago connecting with Phil Vischer, the visionary, creative who founded Veggietales. To date it's the most popular direct to DVD series of all time with more than 65 million copies sold. It led to feature films, Netflix Original series and became a cultural icon.

What Kobe's letter to Basketball Missed, Josh got Right.

What Kobe's letter to Basketball Missed, Josh got Right.

Occasionally we like to spotlight some things in culture that while they might not fit in the defined box of entrepreneurship they speak truth to the same concepts we face. As we look back at the Final Four and the end to March Madness we couldn't help but share the story of Josh Langford, the stand out guard from Michigan State.

Podcast Episode 49 - A Rule of Life for Redemptive Entrepreneurs: Andy Crouch, Author, Journalist and Partner at Praxis

Podcast Episode 49 - A Rule of Life for Redemptive Entrepreneurs: Andy Crouch, Author, Journalist and Partner at Praxis

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On this episode, the team spends time with Andy Crouch, partner for theology and culture at Praxis, an organization that works as a creative engine for redemptive entrepreneurship, as well as an accomplished writer and journalist, having authored several books as well as articles published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine.

Who am I? The Identity of an Entrepreneur

Who am I? The Identity of an Entrepreneur

“What really motivates us as entrepreneurs? The freedom for the faith-driven entrepreneur is that in Christ, all the work is finally finished. Our work, then, is simply to listen, obey, and to tend the vine given to us. And when it grows, to marvel at the handiwork of the Gardener. “

A Prayer for Entrepreneurs

A Prayer for Entrepreneurs

This “Prayer for Entrepreneurs” was shared with us by Missy Wallace whose church, Christ Presbyterian Church, often leads vocational prayers for its members and wider community in Nashville. In this prayer, its words ring true for entrepreneurs everywhere. Be blessed!

Podcast Episode 38 - Who Do You Think You Are? - Tim Keller at Sovereign's Capital

Podcast Episode 38 - Who Do You Think You Are? - Tim Keller at Sovereign's Capital

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This week’s podcast has us listening in on a talk Tim Keller gave to Sovereign’s Capital last September where he meticulously unpacks the hidden truth of identity formation, its habits and rituals, in both the Western and greater world. We are fed these belief systems from the moment we breathe and too often we are defined by the greater world without our consent.

Identity... More Than What You Do

Identity... More Than What You Do

“Successful entrepreneurs who just happen to be Christians (entrepreneur Christians) are often praised, celebrated, and asked to serve on ministry boards either because of their business prowess or their deep pockets and ability to give funding. These people are sought after as mentors to the next generation. Unfortunately, the entrepreneur Christian’s values are passed down through the gene pool of the church. What is far better, of course, is to find great Christians who just happen to be entrepreneurs — then and only then can we really get somewhere…”

Faithful Founder (1 of 3): Motivation, Co-Founders, Values & Family

Faithful Founder (1 of 3): Motivation, Co-Founders, Values & Family

“In this post, my aim is to encourage founders of businesses who want to bring God’s kingdom into the foundation of their business and their everyday operation. I’ll use my story of founding, building and selling a B2B software company, VendorHawk, as the context for my ponderings on what it means to be a “faithful founder.” Some lessons are driven by my failures…”

Podcast Episode 27 - Responsibility of Calling: Interview with Jason Johnson (CEO of August Smart Homes)

Podcast Episode 27 - Responsibility of Calling: Interview with Jason Johnson (CEO of August Smart Homes)

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Jason Johnson, serial entrepreneur and founder of August Smart Homes, talks to Rusty and William about when the entrepreneurial itch first hit him while working at a large tech company. From humble beginnings, Jason explains how receiving a scholarship to Pepperdine University introduced him to the responsibility of calling and that entrepreneurship was a natural expression of that calling.

Podcast Episode 26 - Why the Institutional Church is a Necessary Part of Community

Podcast Episode 26 - Why the Institutional Church is a Necessary Part of Community

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In part two from the Alpine Inn, Henry, Rusty, and William field more questions from our guests but first gave some background on Inklings, the gathering of faith driven entrepreneurs in the Bay Area who meet regularly in the same vain of the original Inklings gathering of faith driven thinkers C.S. Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, Dorothy Sayer and others. 

Podcast Episode 19 - How to Discern Your Calling: Interview with Dave Blanchard (CEO of Praxis)

Podcast Episode 19 - How to Discern Your Calling: Interview with Dave Blanchard (CEO of Praxis)

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In this week’s episode, one of our listeners,, Marty, asked "how do you discern your calling".  This is an incredibly light and easy to answer question that barely impacts an entrepreneur's journey, so this will be short.  Of course I'm kidding, this is something we have all asked ourselves, and is something that is incredibly difficult to navigate alone ... so we had to phone a friend.  We are super super lucky to have Dave Blanchard from Praxis join us on the podcast to help our listeners think through this issue.

My Daily Sermon - John Elliot

My Daily Sermon - John Elliot

Two months ago, I woke up as lead pastor of Christ Community—a church I helped plant in 2011 with two of my closest friends. This morning I woke up as COO of FarmAfield—an ag tech company that is using software to create new connections between farmers and investors. At first glance, these may seem like two very different ventures and, in many ways, they are. At Christ Community, I spent my days preparing sermons, counseling congregants, and officiating weddings. In my new role at FarmAfield, I spend my time pitching investors, interviewing customers, and helping to develop software. The differences are so stark that even I wondered how much I’d be able to draw from the former as I engaged in the latter.

But it wasn’t long into my time with FarmAfield that some old, very familiar doubts came rushing back:

“Did God really call me to this?