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Business for the Glory of God; The BIble's Teaching on the Moral Goodness of Business [Kindle Edition]

wayne grudem
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Can business activity in itself be morally good and pleasing to God? Sometimes business can seem so shady—manipulating the “bottom line,” deceiving the consumer, or gaining promotions because of whom you know.

But Wayne Grudem introduces a novel concept: business itself glorifies God when it is conducted in a way that imitates God’s character and creation. He shows that all aspects of business, including ownership, profit, money, competition, and borrowing and lending, glorify God because they are reflective of God’s nature. Though Grudem isn’t naïve about the easy ways these activities can be perverted and used as a means to sin, he knows that Christians can be about the business of business.

This biblically based book is a thoughtful guide to imitating God during interactions with customers, coworkers, employees, and other businesses. See how your business, and your life in business, can be dedicated to God’s glory.


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“A thoughtful review of the purpose and meaning of business and a fresh way to look at honoring and glorifying God in doing business.” —C. William Pollard Chairman Emeritus, The ServiceMaster Company “Helpful, easy-to-understand grounding for business leadership.” —James Fellowes CEO, Fellowes, Inc. “What remarkable insight!” —Stephen Happel, Ph.D. Professor of Economics, Arizona State University “What a great reminder that your business life can be a critical part of how you serve God and impact lives for eternity!” —Dave Browneformer CEO, LensCrafters; current CEO, Family Christian Stores

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"A thoughtful review of the purpose and meaning of business and a fresh way to look at honoring and glorifying God in doing business."
C. William Pollard, Chairman Emeritus, The ServiceMaster Company

"Helpful, easy-to-understand grounding for business leadership."
James Fellowes, CEO, Fellowes, Inc.

"What remarkable insight!"
Stephen Happel, Emeritus Professor of Economics, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University

"What a great reminder that your business life can be a critical part of how you serve God and impact lives for eternity!"
Dave Browne, Former CEO, LensCrafters; current CEO, Family Christian Stores


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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars God Can Be Glorified By Ownership, Profit, and Business! September 12, 2004
Format:Hardcover
I had never really thought about it, but I guess--even though it is contrary to my longing and belief that God can be and is glorified through all of the Christian's life--that I had always just assumed that business wasn't good in and of itself. In fact like Grudem asserts of those who are like I was, we believe, "that from a moral perspective [profit, competition, money, and business are] 'neutral' at best." I guess that when I was pursuing a degree in engineering, I thought that I could glorify God through it by sharing the gospel at the work place, earning enough money to free my wife up to be a stay-at-home mom, and being able to give more money to the church. But Grudem's view is so much balanced and biblical than these views, exposing my blindness that would have kept me from obeying 1 Corinthians 10:31, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do (including business), do all for the glory of God." (On a side not to 1 Cor 10:31, read "How to Drink Orange Juice to the Glory of God," chapter 5 of John Piper's book, "Pierced by the Word.")

The topics in which Grudem covers in this book, with a chapter devoted to each one are:

How God is glorified by...

1. Ownership

2. Productivity

3. Employment

4. Commercial Transactions

5. Profit

6. Money

7. Inequality of Possessions

8. Competition

9. Borrowing and Lending

and he then includes two chapters on

10. Attitudes of Heart

11. Effects on World Poverty.

Grudem is not blind to the abuses of business, the ways in which we idolize money and success and become gracious losing sight of the fact that we are operating with God's stuff not ours.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great but Short Treatment of the Subject November 8, 2005
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I own quite a few books written by Wayne Grudem and most of them vary between being long and very long (not to say that this is necessarily a bad thing). Grudem takes on difficult and controversial subjects such as Bible translation and the roles of men and women in the church and covers them both thoroughly and biblically. It was with some surprise, then, that I received Business for the Glory of God and noted that it is a mere 96 pages - the perfect size to read in a single evening. Its size may be deceiving, for this little book contains some powerful teaching about the value of business.

Grudem says, rightly I'm sure, that when people ask how their lives can glorify God, they are rarely told, "Go into business." Students, when they ask, "How can I serve God with my life," don't often hear the answer, "Go into business." This little book claims just this, that "many aspects of business activity are morally good in themselves, and that in themselves they bring glory to God - though they also have great potential for misuse and wrongdoing." Dr. Grudem examines business under the following headings:

1. Ownership

2. Productivity

3. Employment

4. Commercial transactions (buying and selling)

5. Profit

6. Money

7. Inequality of possessions

8. Competition

9. Borrowing and lending

10. Attitudes of hearing

11. Effect on world poverty

Through each chapter Grudem shows that the topic he discusses is fundamentally good, whether it be ownership, profit, or inequality of possessions, and that each one provides many opportunities to glorify God, but also many temptations to sin.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brief Christian defence of some tenets of capitalism January 3, 2004
By torowan
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In this short book, Grudem consistently defends some of the tenets of capitalism such as private property, profit, and competition. He methodically looks at each of these to demonstrate that like all of God's gifts they are good, and rather than being just as morally neutral or an evil (to be tolerated as a necessary evil, or to be fought against), they should be used to glorify God; he also shows how like all of God's gifts they are subject to perversion by sinful choices.
Grudem bases his arguments on a handful of scriptural principles, and demonstrates that these tools of capitalism are effective techniques to achieve those principles.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as much as I had hoped for January 16, 2005
Format:Hardcover
I'm facinated by business and marrying the Kingdom of God to the topic of business really captured my attention. I couldn't wait to read the book. Each chapter was dissapointing with few, new thoughts. I think college students and those new to business may find this useful but those who have already spent much time in business or considering how business and the glory of God go together may not find much new to chew on here. I believe the author is a professor and not a businessman--which may be why he didn't deliver as much as I had hoped.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good emphasis. Some weaknesses. March 9, 2012
Format:Hardcover
Christian businesspeople might sometimes feel a bit guilty over their jobs. Their role is to make a profit, not to preach. They make money decisions, instead of helping people make soul decisions. Because they are not involved in the "higher" spiritual roles of being a missionary or Bible teacher, they may almost regret their tasks. At best, Christian businesspeople feel that their business job is morally neutral.

Overview of Business for the Glory of God
Wayne Grudem's new book, Business for the Glory of God, is an attempt to correct the misunderstanding that business is somehow less glorifying to God than other more spiritual occupations. He argues that the components of business, divided into nine chapters, are actually fundamentally good, and provide greater opportunities to bring glory to God. These fundamentally good business components are:

1. Ownership
2. Productivity
3. Employment
4. Commercial Transactions
5. Profit
6. Money
7. Inequality of Possessions
8. Competition
9. Borrowing and Lending

Each chapter follows the same pattern. Grudem first attempts to prove that, say, competition is "fundamentally good" by using a medley of passages and biblical examples. He then admits the possible abuses or misuses of competition, and concludes by reminding the reader that this does not make competition all bad. The book ends with two chapters: Attitudes of the Heart (chapter 10) and Effects on World Poverty (chapter 11).

Some Reflections on Business for the Glory of God
-Some of the argumentation is weak. For example, Grudem cites the interworking relationship of the Trinity to support his claim that commercial transaction among humans is fundamentally good.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The whole experience with this book felt much like a waste of time
This book is very basic in thought and really was just a snooze fest. Not every Christian is going to agree with the ideas presented in this book. Read more
Published 11 days ago by CoffeeWithChess
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Published 1 month ago by Amazart
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully summarized thoughts
This book is a relatively quick and easy read but it wonderfully sums up a number of really good thoughts on business and it's goodness.
Published 1 month ago by ross574
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Published 2 months ago by Genova Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, short read on why business may be your ...
Good, short read on why business may be your calling. Biblical, eye-opening. A good primer for a young Christian considering the business world. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Terry E. Mitchell
3.0 out of 5 stars I was hoping for more depth....
I was disappointed by this book. Not because it wasn’t biblical or wasn’t helpful in some areas. I was disappointed because I thought the treatment of business was quite shallow. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Hans Kristensen
4.0 out of 5 stars An encouraging read for those in the business world.
So many in the Church are working in the business world and yet so little is said to affirm that calling. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Another good read from Wayne Grudem. Recommend for any Christian who owns a business or manages individuals.
Published 5 months ago by Fletus Poston
5.0 out of 5 stars Few pages, but lots of wisdom per page
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Let me begin by saying that Wayne Grudem is my favorite author. I became fond of his writing after reading his "Systematic Theology", but this book has... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Steve Burak
4.0 out of 5 stars but feels very 'shell-like' - almost like a 'primer' for a book thats...
Really helpful insights into basic business building blocks, but feels very 'shell-like' - almost like a 'primer' for a book thats still to come. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jaeggermeister
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More About the Author

Wayne Grudem, research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, received his A.B. from Harvard, M.Div. and honorary D.D. from Westminster Seminary-Philadelphia, and Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of Cambridge. He is a board member of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society, and the author or editor of over twenty books. He was the general editor of the ESV Study Bible, and is a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version Bible. He and his wife, Margaret, have been married since 1969, and they have three grown sons.
See more publications and audio and video lectures at www.waynegrudem.com.


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