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Podcast Episode 67 - Stewarding the Journey of an Accidental Entrepreneur with Mark McClain, CEO and Co-founder of SailPoint (NYSE: SAIL)

Podcast Episode 67 - Stewarding the Journey of an Accidental Entrepreneur with Mark McClain, CEO and Co-founder of SailPoint (NYSE: SAIL)

Today we’re just outside of Austin, Texas connecting with Mark McLain. Mark likes to refer to himself as an accidental entrepreneur. He didn’t grow up as the lemonade stand kid but has since gone on to start two different companies. Today, he leads SailPoint, an identity management business started in 2005, that is publicly traded with a market cap around $2 Billion and 1,200 team members across 33 different companies. Mark shares his powerful story of being an “Accidental Entrepreneur” and how that path is more common than we think.

Podcast Episode 66 - The Faith Driven Investor with Henry Kaestner and Aimee Minnich

Podcast Episode 66 - The Faith Driven Investor with Henry Kaestner and Aimee Minnich

Today’s episode marks the start of something new. We’re launching a brand new website and podcast for the Faith Driven Investor. This episode, and the entire Faith Driven Investor podcast series, is for fund managers, investors, business owners and pastors who believe that God owns it all and who care deeply about how we steward our investments for financial return and gospel-centered transformation. Listen in to hear Henry Kaestner and Aimee Minnich share what God has been doing in this movement and what’s to come.

Scatter.org is Live! A Free Learning Platform For Your Church or Network

Scatter.org is Live! A Free Learning Platform For Your Church or Network

AVAILABLE NOW - Scatter.org is a free learning platform on work, calling, and culture, named after the concept of the church "scattered" throughout our world during their work week. We've designed it for people in your network.

Live with the End in Mind - Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart

Live with the End in Mind - Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart

One day, our jobs will end. In that moment, what will people say about you? Doug McMillon, President and CEO of Walmart, addresses the importance of building a lasting legacy through a life of honesty and humility. 

Podcast Episode 56 - The Entrepreneurial Journey of the Museum of the Bible to the US Capitol: Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby

Podcast Episode 56 - The Entrepreneurial Journey of the Museum of the Bible to the US Capitol: Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby

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In this episode we’re on the road in Oklahoma City, connecting with Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby. He shares with us the story behind the Museum of the Bible—a 430,000-square-foot museum just three blocks from the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Hear what brought about this world class exhibit, as well as the entrepreneurial lessons Steve learned along the way.

How God's Work Is The Model For Your Work

How God's Work Is The Model For Your Work

We understand that we are created in God's image, that he was a creator and a designer and therefore we are the same.  As entrepreneurs we inherently get this at some level, but I think that we are well served by tapping in to this Biblical truth regularly as we look for an encouragement in our work.  No one does a better job of this, in my opinion, than Jerry Bowyer

Created to Create - Designing for Ralph Lauren

Created to Create - Designing for Ralph Lauren

From RightNow Media’s Created to Create series, Megan shares how her career as a designer for Ralph Lauren in New York City allows her to reflect the character of the Infinite Creator & love and care for her co-workers for the glory of Christ.

Building Boats for the Glory of God

Building Boats for the Glory of God

Correct Craft, which builds Nautique boats, was founded in 1925 by the Melloon family with the mission statement "To build boats for the glory of God." Their corporate culture aims to help employees, who may never go to church, come to Christ.

How To Be An Entrepreneurial Leader [Part I]

How To Be An Entrepreneurial Leader [Part I]

Our friends at Entrepreneurial Leaders Organization (ELO) Network share a two-part article about their namesake. In Part 1, to be an effective “entrepreneurial leader” as a believer, one must see 1) God-inspired creativity is embedded in a Christian approach and God is the “Creator” and 2) risk taking is key to innovation! Take a read as they use famous Christians like Mark Burnett, John Maxwell and others as good examples of these 2 characteristics.

Wisdom From John Piper

Wisdom From John Piper

Today, we wanted to share John Piper’s wisdom on How can young workers glorify God at work? from his Desiring God website. He emphasizes different concepts of Dependence, Integrity, Skill, Corporate shaping, Impact, Communication, Love, and even Money. Enjoy the read!

Faithful Founder (3 of 3): Spotlight, Compromise, & Kingdom Impact

Faithful Founder (3 of 3): Spotlight, Compromise, & Kingdom Impact

“In this final post, I’ll get into the implications of 1) living in the spotlight —Our identity is not in our performance, but in Jesus’ perfect performance on our behalf; 2) dealing with compromise —Caring for people beyond your obligation is another way to live as a faithful founder – although I fear all the times I only did the minimum required; and 3) aiming to leave a kingdom impact —Kingdom impact can happen on a personal level, a community level, or even an industry level.”

C.S. Lewis and the Call to Create

C.S. Lewis and the Call to Create

As Genesis 1 shows us, the first thing God revealed about Himself in Scripture is not that He is loving, holy, omnipotent, gracious, or just. No, the first thing God showed us is that He is creative! For the first six days, God revealed His creative spirit by speaking stars, animals, and oceans into existence. Then, on the sixth day, He created man “in His own image” and called Adam to create, thus reflecting God’s image to the world.

To call a human being “creative” is redundant. We are all made in the image of the Creator God. But as Romans 12 makes clear, each of us has “different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” Some of us have clearly been granted more creative talents than others. Perhaps no Christian in the 20th Century provides a better example of this than C.S. Lewis, the acclaimed scholar, theologian, and author of masterpieces such as Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, and of course, The Chronicles of Narnia.

Growing up in Ireland, Lewis appeared to be most comfortable when buried in a novel. But not only did Lewis consume literature; at a very early age, Lewis had begun writing and illustrating his own stories. Lewis obviously had a passion for writing, and it didn’t take long for others to validate his giftedness at the craft.

Gospel Driven Ambition

Gospel Driven Ambition

As Christians, is it possible to be ambitious in our work and still have our self-worth and identity firmly rooted in Jesus Christ?

The world tells us that ambition is essential to accumulating wealth, fame, and glory for ourselves. The meta-narrative of work today is that it is the primary means by which we make a name for ourselves in this life and prove to the world that we are important, valuable, and worthy.

Of course, this is nothing new. Since the Fall, human beings have been using work to make a name for themselves, rather than to glorify God and serve others.

While Scripture makes clear that creating to make a name for ourselves constitutes improper ambition, the Bible makes equally clear that ambition can indeed be God-honoring, so long as it flows out of a response to the work Christ did on our behalf on the cross. That is the subject we will turn to in tomorrow’s devotional.

God, The First Entrepreneur

God, The First Entrepreneur

The first thing God reveals about Himself in Scripture is not that He is loving, holy, omnipotent, gracious, or just. No, the first thing God shows us is that He is creative. In Genesis, He brings something out of nothing. He brings order out of chaos. He creates for the good of others. In short, God is the first entrepreneur.

“Entrepreneur” is a title thrown around so much today that it has become very difficult to define. I would submit that an entrepreneur is anyone who takes a risk to create something new for the good of others.

God Loves Cabinets

We get to see a lot of videos that are submitted to the FDE site.  None top the work that is coming out of Seattle Pacific's Initiative called Faith and Co. that features videos like these, an online course, and a group study guide.  If you've been reading the blog for a while, you might recall that we featured another outstanding story in April.  We LOVE excellent work....not just the best Christian version of something, but the best version period.  These guys have, in our humble opinion :), the best short business documentaries that we've seen.

A Well-Designed Journal Can Change Your Life

A Well-Designed Journal Can Change Your Life

Mica May, founder and CEO of May Designs, took in what she just heard. The stern instructions came to her from Tory Johnson, a regular contributor on ABC’s Good Morning America. She needed samples of May’s notebooks for a feature she was hosting on gift ideas.

At the time, May was a staff-of-one, a scrappy entrepreneur working from her home. Thrilled about this opportunity for increased publicity, she shipped off a few of her classic notebook designs.

But then the show aired.

The Moral Mattress Kings of Denver

The Moral Mattress Kings of Denver

A "restful buying experience."

Few American consumers would ever think to describe mattress shopping this way. In fact, if you have been mattress shopping recently, restful is probably the last word that comes to mind.

"This is one of the sleaziest industries in the world," says business owner Ethan Rietema. "Customers are treated so poorly. Stores beat you up, trying to get as much money as they can, but they couldn't care less if you get the right bed."

Rietema and Steve Van Diest, both former campus ministers, are bringing rest—and integrity—back to a business largely devoid of it.

Podcast Episode 8 - Competition....Love 'em, Ignore 'em or Crush 'em

Podcast Episode 8 - Competition....Love 'em, Ignore 'em or Crush 'em

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Today's Podcast tackles the question of how to think about competition.  We know that we want to run the race as if to win it. (1 Corinthians 9:24).  But how do we win?  What is our heart posture?  Do we win at all costs? What are our motives as we compete in the race?

Martin Luther King Jr. on Work

This short speech (about 3 minutes) by Martin Luther King Jr. inspires me each and every day to work for the glory of God and not for the glory of man. 

In 3 minutes, I feel that MLK really sums up the basics of faith and work integration.  In all honesty, I try to come back and listen to this 20+ times a year.  I am looking for a place to hang the quote on the wall, but MLK's voice is so much more inspiring than the written quote.  He was one of a kind with regards to motivation for the gospel.