Rev. Dr. Helen Rhee, Professor of Church History at Westmont College & Associate Pastor of Free Methodist Church, adds to our understanding of God’s intent and absolute ownership of the created world and the ramifications for human stewardship. She gives depth to notions of “sufficient care” and “appropriate enjoyment” in a global culture of affluence.
Tim Macready, Chief Investment Officer at Christian Super, shares how the superannuation pension fund is on a journey of applying God’s Word to the way they, as Christian professionals, invest their beneficiaries’ assets. This includes learning to be better stewards of creation, looking for ways to promote human flourishing, and seeking to be redemptive in all that they do.
Abel Pomar, President/CEO of Evangelical Christian Credit Union, helps us see the big picture with this article. He challenges us to think bigger than ethical investing by calculating the financial impact of how we can use even something as simple as a bank account to promote God’s kingdom.
Today we feature a sermon from FDE Podcast Co-Host Rusty Rueff. https://subsplash.com/cornerstonetv/lb/mi/+vs34rmp
Please do consider what your Superpower is, and how often you tap in to it. With that knowledge you too might be used by God to do amazing things…for Him while experiencing His joy in doing so.
These are all time classic sermons that have nothing, at face value, to do with entrepreneurship, and then upon reflection… everything to do with the life of a Christ following entrepreneur. John Piper wants more than any others I know, to make sure that we don’t miss the centrality of the Good News. Try to stick around for the whole thing. The last 15 minutes are, I think, a thing of beauty.
Please enjoy some of the great content from our friends at Theology of Work, originally published on their website. TOW Project resources are meant to be both theologically rigorous and genuinely practical. In this article, they dig deep into “What does the Bible say about Calling and Vocation?”
“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…”
“The foundation of Christian entrepreneurship is, paradoxically, weakness. This is not weakness of product, service, or business, but of the entrepreneur himself as a Christian. This is true because Christ said His power is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). If the goal of the Christian entrepreneur is to advance the Kingdom of God by the power of God, in some sense, weakness must be the way…”
There is an unbiblical theme permeating the Church today which elevates the callings of pastors and “full-time missionaries” above “secular” vocations. If you’re an entrepreneur, photographer, artist, salesperson, doctor, musician, lawyer, or janitor, you have likely sensed this often unspoken hierarchy of callings.
But… The highest calling on your life isn’t necessarily being a pastor or missionary; it’s glorifying God and serving others in whatever work God has called you to do. “Calling” is one of the most confusing ideas in the Christian life. How can your work feel like a vocation—a true calling on your life? What does the Bible have to say about the work God has uniquely equipped you to do? What are the best questions to ask when discerning your calling? Read more to find out…
As per our normal routine, here is a Monday video to start off your day (or provide some entertainment depending on when you’re watching this…). This song was written and sung by our friend Richard Barley, “facilitator or auditory experiences”, and recorded at CornerstoneSF during their “arts night”. He said he wrote it “as a conversation with a handful of scriptures in mind”. See if you can hear them?
FDE podcast host and contributor, Rusty Rueff, writes a daily devotional on his thoughts regarding faith in the workplace. Today we share a post that originally appeared on Rusty’s blog site Purposed worKING. Rusty reminds us of our inheritance as Christ followers and our call to faith in our work.
The ThredJournal is tool to implement a unique method for journal-ling, especially with a partner or group. And it’s a great tool for Faith driven entrepreneurs! Check out the video on this post to learn more about the ThredJournal and how you can grow in your relationship with Christ using the method or the ThredJournal!
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.
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.