Christian Business Insights
Providing 'out-of-the-box' views of Christian Businesses, designed to help you build a powerful business, expand your impact, and grow closer to God in the process.
info_outline The Conflict of a Christian Salesperson -- Part 2 09/14/2020
The Conflict of a Christian Salesperson -- Part 2 Here’s part two of my response to this question: Dave, I’m a salesperson. I feel really conflicted between the culture of the job and my commitment to Christ. Do you have any suggestions as to how I reflect my Christianity in my job?
info_outline Be Strong and Be Brave 08/31/2020
Be Strong and Be Brave Sometimes, when the Lord really wants us to understand something, He repeats it. This may be one of only a couple of times in the entire Bible where he repeats Himself, word for word, not just once, but three times, in just a few passages. He tells Joshua, as the Hebrews are about to enter the promised land, to “Be strong and be brave.” Is there a lesson in this for us?
info_outline When You Are in a Financial or Career Crisis 08/24/2020
When You Are in a Financial or Career Crisis Chances are you will find yourself in a financial or career crises at some point in your life. Reflecting on those points in my life and career, when I've gone through those times, I’ve crystalized some ideas that may help you.
info_outline 4 Fears Keeping Christians on the Sidelines in the Culture Wars 08/03/2020
4 Fears Keeping Christians on the Sidelines in the Culture Wars The culture in the US continues to slide away from a conservative Christian culture toward to a secularized, anti-God position. Contributing to this is the tendency for Christian business people to remain on the sidelines, unengaged in the culture wars. Fear is the motivating force that keeps them in the Christian closet.
info_outline How Should a Christian Business Give? 07/20/2020
How Should a Christian Business Give? Giving is one of the hallmarks of Christian living. No one argues with the idea that giving, and giving generously, is expected of every Christian. But what about Christian businesses? Is there an expectation that Christian-owned businesses – as entities that exist separate and apart from their owners – should also give?
info_outline Is Your Business on a Mission? 07/13/2020
Is Your Business on a Mission? The idea that business can be a mission is, in our cultural Christianity, a relatively recent idea. But God established business as a ministry with some of the very first words he spoke, and he continued to model that throughout the Bible. Your business is a ministry, waiting to be unleashed.
info_outline Businesses are Big in the Bible 07/06/2020
Businesses are Big in the Bible Biblical businesses, or households, had a significant role in expanding and solidifying the early Christian movement. The Bible demonstrates a spirituality in business that few in the religious community recognize. Your business has that same potential to become a spiritual juggernaut, not just a means to make money. That can bring you greater fulfilment and purpose in your life.
info_outline Should Your Christian Business Make Money? 06/29/2020
Should Your Christian Business Make Money? Our contemporary religious culture often holds business in low regard – it is, to some, a second-class Christian occupation whose only function is to provide money for them. That’s not how the Bible portrays it. Take a look at what the Bible has to say about business making money and building wealth.
info_outline Three Truths about Spiritual Gifts and Business 06/15/2020
Three Truths about Spiritual Gifts and Business Just like in the early days of Christianity, most Christians today are ignorant of the concept of spiritual gifts, and that ignorance leads to a life that achieves only a fraction of its potential. Second, spiritual gifts, identified and unleashed, can be a powerful asset within a business to enable it to reach its Kingdom potential. Let's dig into this together.
info_outline Want to know God? Look in your business 06/08/2020
Want to know God? Look in your business From the very beginning, all the way through the Bible, God established work, and by extension, business, as the fundamental place where he would interact with man and develop a relationship with him. If you are a Christian, and own or run a business or a significant portion of that business, and you want to create a relationship with God, look for him in your work.
info_outline Should we strive for work-life balance? 05/25/2020
Should we strive for work-life balance? Few ideas are more universally accepted among business people than this one – that there is a tension between work and life and that the secret is to balance the two. No matter what we do, we feel like the striving for balance hinders our business growth and frustrates our families. But, what if there were a different approach? Let’s consider what the Bible has to say about work/life balance.
info_outline God Speaks Through an Unlikely Source and Provides a New Building 05/18/2020
God Speaks Through an Unlikely Source and Provides a New Building This is Denise's story of how God impacted her business by first speaking through an unlikely source, and then providing her a new building for her company.
info_outline Christianity's Elephant in the Room 05/04/2020
Christianity's Elephant in the Room There is an elephant in the room in modern Christianity. It is the incredible division among us. It diverts our attention and resources, causes non-Christians to avoid us, encourage superficial Christianity, and substitutes ‘churchianity’ for Christianity. Let’s look at this issue together.
info_outline Using your business to impact people 04/27/2020
Using your business to impact people There is a lot of conversation about using our businesses to make a positive impact on the people we touch. From time to time we can all use a wake-up call for what it means to use your business or job to make an impact on people in a practical, man-in-the-streets perspective. I had such a wakeup call when I was on the receiving end of three people who chose to use their businesses and their jobs to impact people.
info_outline How God Transformed My Business 04/20/2020
How God Transformed My Business The days following 911 were eerily similar to the impact of Covid-19. Businesses shut down, the economy nose-dived and fear and anxiety ruled our society. As I was about to lay off all my employees, God transformed the business, and brought it to a higher level of impact and visibility.
info_outline Transforming the crisis into an opportunity to multiply your kingdom impact 04/13/2020
Transforming the crisis into an opportunity to multiply your kingdom impact The virus pandemic, and the aftermath, represent an opportunity for Christian businesspeople to multiply their Kingdom impact. Let me share with you my story of an eerily similar situation -- the 911 aftermath -- and how God used that to expand our business, serve thousands of people, and change the industry. Then, I'll share my recommendations for how you can do something similar.
info_outline Churchianity or Christianity? 03/23/2020
Churchianity or Christianity? Literally millions of people have been exposed to Christ through our institutional churches. What happens there so turns them off that they are lost to Christianity for the rest of their lives. They equate church with Christianity, and find church to be disagreeable, and so reject Christ.
info_outline High Expectations 03/09/2020
High Expectations For the better part of my working life, I have been taught to create “challenging goals” -- Conceive of the end product as higher and better than that which an ordinary effort would produce. Start at the end, and create a goal that is higher, bigger, more impactful, etc. In other words, begin every work with a high expectation. And, while I continue to believe in the usefulness of motivating goals for worldly success, I have, in recent years, begun to observe some negative effects on my spiritual wa
info_outline Cataract Beliefs #5: Worship Service 03/02/2020
Cataract Beliefs #5: Worship Service Our culture has instilled in our minds the idea that church is about worship services. This idea is so central to the modern church’s view of “church” that we could not conceive of church as anything other than this. Again, this concept is so deeply instilled that no one can question it without being viewed as beyond radical, or immensely stupid.
info_outline Cataract Beliefs #4 -- This congregation must grow 02/24/2020
Cataract Beliefs #4 -- This congregation must grow Have you ever seen anyone question the assumption that “the congregation must grow?” Anybody stand up in a congregational meeting and say, “Why?” Any brave soul write a letter to the editor of the newsletter asking the question why?