Business in the Kingdom
By The Edifi Podcast Network
Every part of life is, or at least should be, in the Kingdom of God. As the great theologian Abraham Kuyper once said, "There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, 'Mine!'" Business, finance and economics are every bit as much part of the Kingdom as churches and ministries. And Jerry Bowyer believes that, in our day, the marketplace will be key to revival, reformation and renewal. Hear him discuss these essential issues on "Business in the Kingdom."
Having the Economics Conversation at Church and the Rise of 'Christian' Socialism
Dr. Peter Jacobsen teaches economics at the Gwartney Institute (Gwartney Institute | Angell Snyder School of Business | Ottawa University) at Ottawa University in Kansas, where he also heads up the MBA program. He is one of the hosts of the Faith and Economics podcast. On this episode of Business in the Kingdom he talks about the different conversations that he, as an economist, has with friends at church and other Christian settings: the different kinds of questions different Christians ask about economics and where those conversations lead, and how one-on-one works better than point-scoring on social media. He discusses the rise of “Christian” Socialism and ways that people on the right are also moving away from freedom.
April 08, 2022
David Bahnsen on Economics, for People Who Are Afraid of Economics
David Bahnsen is one of the most successful financial advisors in America and a seasoned portfolio manager as well. But that doesn’t stop him from being able to speak in plain, easy to understand English for people who are new to economics and markets, which is exactly what he does in his new book, There’s No Free Lunch (There's No Free Lunch (nofreeluncheconomics.com)) and in this edition of Business in the Kingdom. This is economics for people who think they’re afraid of economics.
March 18, 2022
One of the World's Leading Biblical Greek Scholars Speaks About Faith and Work
Dr. Robert Plummer is the New Testament Chair at Southern Seminary and founder of the hugely popular Daily Dose of Greek (www.dailydoseofgreek.com) which is devoted to teaching ordinary people Biblical Greek. He is also the author of a number of books about linguistics, the Bible, and theology, and in his (no doubt sparse) free time he studies economics and finance and in that capacity directs The Faith and Work Project, also at Southern. Dr. Plummer joins us this week to talk about the three truths which are most under-appreciated by pastors when it comes to personal finance, workplace realities, and economic policy.
February 18, 2022
Why Christian Entrepreneurs Are a Big Part of the Solution to Our Cultural Ills
Aaron Groen is a financial advisor with Ronald Blue Trust, and an organizer of the Business on Purpose conference. Aaron talks about Christian entrepreneurs as a key part of the solution to our culture's ills; the unintended messages that Christians send and receive about business as a true and valid calling under God; and the personal as well as long-term business advantages of Christian character.
February 04, 2022
Solomon on Social Media and Binge-Watching
Pastor Mark Horne returns to discuss his commentary on Proverbs ( https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086YV99NR/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1), and to apply the wisdom of Solomon to social media, binge-watching and other temptations that come from abundance. He also discusses the controversy over a recent article of his for The Christian Post What Scripture Says About Desiring Wealth | Analysis News (christianpost.com) where he argues that it is not improper for Christians to desire wealth, only to prioritize it over God.
January 14, 2022
Solomon Is Better Than Jordan Peterson: Why Proverbs Is the Book Young Men Need
Pastor Mark Horne is the author of numerous books, most recently, Solomon Says: Directives for Young Men (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086YV99NR/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1). Pastor Horne also writes regularly for The Christian Post Business section (https://www.christianpost.com/by/mark-horne). In this episode, Pastor Horne talks about how the rise of Jordan Peterson as an influence on young men shows a need, but how Solomon wrote a book of the Bible which is specifically aimed at teaching young men how to grow up with wisdom and self-control: the Book of Proverbs. He also talks about how a society in which people never grow up invites tyrannical government.
December 24, 2021
Was Jesus Well-Educated? Yes!
As we finish our on-going series about the tremendous explosion of new archeological insight into the world of the New Testament with Professor David Fiensy, we talk about how the life of Galilee was characterized both by contact with gentiles through trade and a concern about ritual impurity as indicated by the proliferation of stone water jars (as described in the Wedding at Cana), and also the avoidance of pagan coinage. We also look at the question of education, how rare it was and how special Jesus seems to have been compared to other laborers in the ancient world in being highly educated and sophisticated. Professor Fiensy is the author of The Archaeology of Daily Life: Ordinary Persons in Late Second Temple Israel.
December 10, 2021
The Galilee of Jesus Was Entrepreneurial, and Here's Why That Matters
Up until recently we knew almost nothing about the economy of Galilee during Jesus' time living there. Many academics believed and taught that Jesus and his followers were quite poor, as was the region, and that Jesus was leading a partly class-based revolt. Since then we've learned a lot about the region, as a more growing, entrepreneurial. and even industrial economy. Here we continue our conversation with archeologist David Fiensy about the economy and culture in which Jesus walked. Professor Fiensy is the author of The Archaeology of Daily Life: Ordinary Persons in Late Second Temple Israel.
November 26, 2021
Jesus Went Through a Pandemic, Too
This interview is part of an on-going series with Professor David Fiensy, one of the world's leading experts on the archeology of Galilee with a focus on the New Testament era. Today we will discuss the pandemic which Jesus dealt with, the recurring epidemic of Malaria which sheds new light on the account of the fever of Peter's Mother-in-Law as well as other accounts. The relevance of this newly uncovered knowledge to our own time should be obvious. Professor Fiensy is the author of The Archaeology of Daily Life: Ordinary Persons in Late Second Temple Israel.
November 12, 2021
What Biblical Archaeology Tells Us About 'Ordinary People' — As Opposed to 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous'
If Christians truly believe in the doctrine of the incarnation, that God the Son became fully human, then we must take seriously the human context of that human life. God didn’t just take on a human body, he took on a human mind and a human culture including politics, economics, rituals and medical matters. Learning more about these details helps us to understand the details in the Gospel accounts that we're used to skimming over. This interview is part of an ongoing series with Professor David Fiensy, one of the world's leading experts on the archeology of Galilee with a focus on the New Testament era. He is author of The Archaeology of Daily Life: Ordinary Persons in Late Second Temple Israel.
October 08, 2021
Diving In: Real World Examples of Businesses Honoring God
A healthcare CEO who didn’t sue a company over a contract violation, and got to talk about Jesus and forgiveness; a motorcycle company that decided not to use pin-up type pictures for ads; a company which didn’t lay-off during Covid; and other stories of ways in which companies gave up profit to witness to God. Also examples where doing the right thing over time created more profit. Mike Sharrow, CEO of C12, is Jerry's guest.
September 24, 2021
How Churches Misunderstand Business: Head of Christian CEO/Entrepreneur Group C12 Explains
Mike Sharrow is the president and CEO of C12 which serves a network of about 3,000 Christian CEOs, executives and entrepreneurs. On this episode of Business in the Kingdom, Mike talks to Jerry about the importance of working in the marketplace as a tool for advancing the Kingdom of God, and how too often the Church has unconsciously sent the message that business is a lower form of service to God than church or non-profit ministry work.
September 10, 2021
Leader of Christian CEO Group Looks at the State of the Culture, Good vs. Evil, Cancellation & More
Is the marketplace the current front in the war between good and evil in our culture? Billy Graham said the next great revival would come in the marketplace. Was he right? Are Christians really as "canceled" as we think. How to promote love and truth in ways that no one would want to ban? Greg Leith, CEO of Convene, continues his conversation with Jerry.
August 21, 2021
Greg Leith on a Bad Theology of Work and a Good Theology of Work
Greg Leith is the CEO of Convene, which is a group of 500 men and women who are business CEOs or entrepreneurs. He talks about his own early misunderstanding about business as being a way, in and of itself, to glorify God, instead of just being an ATM for churches and ministries. He gives some powerful examples of how Christians who lead businesses are right now transforming communities through love and service.
July 23, 2021
Christians Reforming Corporate America: A How-to-Guide
Christian investors have a great deal of authority that we don’t know we have. Scott Shepherd of The Free Enterprise Project, who is very actively engaging with corporate America gives step-by-step instructions on how you can do the same.
July 06, 2021
As Big Companies Take Anti-Biblical Stances, Here's How to Be Salt & Light
Christians are increasingly alarmed about big companies taking stances which conflict with a Biblical world-view. In this episode, Scott Shepherd of The Free Enterprise Project, an expert who engages frequently with companies, gives advice on how to move from alarm, complaint and boycott to engagement, persuasion and influence. Subscribe to "Business in the Kingdom" on Edifi and your favorite podcast platform.
June 14, 2021
How Christian Leaders Can — and Why We Should — Pursue Excellence in Public Speaking
Dr. Rick Goosen is one of the world’s leading experts on public speaking, both as a speaker himself and also as the host of the world’s leading conferences for Christian entrepreneurs. His new book, "Public Speaking Laws of Success," shows how to go from mediocrity to excellence in public communication, including in the new COVID world of webinars and streaming.
May 28, 2021
How to Not Fail as a Public Speaker
Dr. Rick Goosen is one of the world’s leading experts on public speaking, both as a speaker himself and also as the host of the world’s leading conferences for Christian entrepreneurs. His new book, Public Speaking Laws of Success, shows leaders how they can put themselves in the 90th percentile of public speaking ability by paying attention to a few simple principles. Welcome to Business in the Kingdom! Episode one.
May 14, 2021