Can business activity in itself be morally good and pleasing to God? Sometimes business can seem so shady-manipulating the "bottomline", 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 naive 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.
- Grudem's Logical Juijitsu
Somewhere in his years of writing Wayne Grudem has learned a form of logical jujitsu that he employs in this book. This little volume only takes just over two hours to read; but Grudem has carefully written it to serve you. He has carefully assembled a defense of business. Often people belittle business as of less value or borderline wrong. Grudem is here to challenge that supposition. This isn't an exhaustive work, but works to lay simple and strong argu
I've read a fair amount of Wayne Grudem due to his voluminous tomes likes Systematic Theology... but this was Grudem like I've never read or heard him before. Business for the Glory of God is Grudem performing Biblical and logical jujitsu. Grudem's aims at defending business against those who seem to belittle, downplay, or discourage business. The theme of the book is that business (and really much more) provides many opportunities to bring glory to God and is in line with Biblical principles; while at the same time those same areas of business provide temptations to evil. He aims at showing the the Bible encourages concepts like ownership, profit, competition, borrowing and lending and so on, and then encourages us to use the gifts God does give us wisely. I normally like England's narration, and I personally would aim at faulting the writing more than his narration, but I did find I had to focus at times to keep track with this volume. I found I could tune it out, which is dangerous, because Grudem moves so swiftly, and efficiently through his topics you really don't want to miss any of it. At just over two hours this book won't tax you, but will provoke you to thought and comfort you if you find yourself struggling with understanding business in the light of God's kingdom.
Be ready for a power packed little book, it may not be the cleverest writing, but it is careful and wise. Be wary of those who dismiss Grudem, he has done careful work here. It's not exhaustive, because he wanted it to be accessible, but there is much value and insight in every chapter.
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- Solid Introduction To Moral Business Practices
Business for the Glory of God by Wayne Grudem is a brief introduction to Godly business practices that should be understood by every Christian in the business world. It present a clear and concise case that Christians can engage in business practices including ownership, profit, employment and competition without the fear that the practices themselves being morally wrong. In fact he informs the reader that they are morally good if done within the boundaries set out in the Bible.
I found this book to be a very solid introduction to the topic but it is quite short and can get repetitive in places. A lot of the content I already knew or assumed and it takes lacks the depth that could be provided with a longer book.
The narration was quite good and helps to portray the author’s tone and importance without being too forceful.
This book would be a great book for young Christians starting out in business or for anyone wondering what Christians should do in business.
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- Good, but could use less repetition and more depth
In Business For The Glory Of God, Wayne Grudem attempts to articulate a Christian perspective on various aspects of business such as lending money, making a profit, owning property and employing people.
Grudem argues that engaging in for-profit business is not just morally permissible but is actually God glorifying as it can mirror aspects of the character of God and make a positive contribution to society. I hadn’t really thought about business practices providing an opportunity to imitate God’s character before so I found this quite thought provoking.
It was quite a short book (96 pages in print or about 2 hours in audio). I felt that the book would have benefited from less repetition of key ideas and could have included a much more detailed discussion of some of the challenges of putting Christian faith into practice in a business environment. Although he provides some examples of temptations to sin when conducting business there are many ethical and theological dilemmas for Christians involved in business that the book doesn’t properly get to.
While due to the book’s brief nature and lack of depth in some areas mean that you would need to find other books on the topic to get a decent understanding, it might be a good place to start thinking about a Christian understanding of business. It would also probably be helpful for Christians who have been involved in business for a while who are wondering if they are on the right path.
I “read” this book in audiobook format. The narration was clear and and in an easy to listen to voice, although maybe could have been a touch faster.
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- Solid, biblical look at business
Wayne Grudem is known for his book Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine, a mainstay in many Bible college and seminary classrooms, and a hallmark of scholarly, yet clear biblical exegesis.
In Business for the Glory of God, he takes on the often controversial practices of ownership, profit, hiring, competition that characterize business. Are these practices unbiblical? Unloving? Unjust? Fundamentally they are not, Grudem argues.
He does a good job of giving scriptural support for how each of these characteristics can and should be God-honoring. Each chapter follows a familiar pattern: introduction of the business practice (for example, hiring someone for a wage), gives the biblical support for this practice, and then talks about how the practice could be evil if mishandled, but isn’t inherently evil. Actually this gets a little repetitive, and I would say this is a weakness of the book.
The narration is well done. Also, the chapter on leveraging business to combat world poverty is excellent.
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- sacred/secular is there still a divide?
One of the things that has always caused consternation with me about ‘church’ was the separation between ‘leadership’ and ‘laity’, or the professionalization of the ministry. I will never forget driving to a ministry commitment with a newly invited friend, and about half way to our location, he started weeping. When I asked him what was wrong, he said, “no one has every let me get into the game, thank you.” Somehow it had been communicated to my friend that unless he was a pastor, went to seminary, and a part of ‘leadership’ he could never ‘get into the game’ of doing real ministry. Given that 99% of the population is not in ‘full-time’ ministry as felt by my friend and many others, a treatise reminding us that business can be done for the glory of God is a refreshing change. On top of that, renown author Wayne Grudem is one that can cause us to take a moment and pause on this topic acknowledging that scripture makes no divide between sacred and secular.
Does the Bible teach on the moral goodness of business? Can I have a business, work for someone else, or do business with vendors for the glory of God? Is business, employment, making a profit, competition, and meetings, something that can be done for the glory of God? Wayne Grudem captures this misnomer regarding business and points us back to scripture. An apt legitimizer of our secular days which can be redeemed looking toward restoration.
This book when it was originally released (2003) so moved me that I also invested in the Logos version so that I could readily share it with and invest in others. Having this in audio form was a refreshing reminder to take application onward to implications. The narrator was interesting, coherent, and enthusiastic about the material and author. It was evident in inflection, timing, and meditative pauses to get you thinking. Due to my current employment and being part of a team, it has been a good mission field to take study, prayer, and ‘church’ to real life and join Christ in what He is already doing in the day-to-day.
This work was interesting to me, it inspired, and enlightened me in many ways. As usual, Wayne Grudem makes you think, holds your attention, while presenting in a cohesive and yet appealing manner. Refreshing also in that Grudem successfully conveys Biblical truth into the everyday. I would highly recommend this work to others, with all world-views.
Thank you to christianaudio.com’s audio reviewer program for the opportunity to review this audio. A humble blessing as usual!
- great audio
Is business good or evil? What about profit? Money?
It seems, generally speaking, that Christians forget that the loveof money is evil, and wrongly assume money itself is the mark of damnation. Profit is the “p” word, and business is the act of evil itself. So, is business morally good? The popular answer would be no, and that answer would be incorrect. Could business ever glorify G-d? The answer must be, of course, a solid yes.
Wayne Grudem takes on this challenge to not just justify business, but show the exemplary nature it can take on. In his book, he discusses business, but for the glory of G-d. Maurice England narrates the audio edition of this work.
This audiobook addresses the concern of business to the Christian, and shows how it is not just singularly morally good, but also brings glory to G-d. It isn’t business that’s bad, just who practices it.
England’s narration of this audio edition is superb. With a solid, consistent voice, his enunciation is clear and he speaks at an even pace. Using a deep echo, his voice is quite similar to the traditional pastoral voice for an older-fashioned church. His excellent inflection gives this book and easy four stars for talent and bringing the text to life.
While this book’s topic isn’t my cup of tea, I appreciate Grudem’s effort to redeem business, and honor England’s signature work of art.
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- Business Can Honor God
I really enjoyed listening to this book. The reader did a wonderful job of keeping a good pace and rhythm. It made listening quite easy and comprehending what was being read also easy. With a subject like this, having a great resource that is simple and easy to comprehend, is a great plus.
I would recommend that employees listen to this as it will encourage to be faithful to their employers whom God has set over them. I also recommend that employers listen to this to be sure they are in line with how they treat, and use, their employees.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in audio form from Christianaudio.com. This review is my own and I was not persuaded to give a certain review.*
- A Sanctified Intro to Economics
Wayne Grudem has had a major impact on the beliefs of Christians all over through his seminal work, Systematic Theology. It takes up quite a few inches on my shelf and is quite a comprehensive look at Christian doctrine. Theology can sound distant and impractical to modern readers who spend most of their day in secular employment. But with books like Business for the Glory of God, Grudem shows he’s a Christian who understands that our faith bears implications on all of life’s activities, not just what goes on in our heads on Sunday mornings.
The book reads like a sanctified introduction to economics. He explains from a distinctly Christian worldview the very positive and inherent goodness of business, from ownership and employment to profit and borrowing and lending. He argues against the idea that business is bad or merely neutral. Instead, business is good and has many opportunities to glorify God while at the same time presenting temptations towards evil.
I especially liked his chapters on profit, borrowing, and competition. I haven’t seen these subjects discussed the way Grudem does, and it goes beyond mere Dave Ramsey financial advice. He sees a lot of continuation of these business concepts in heaven, which I’ll have to think through a little more. Overall it’s a wholly sanctified way of thinking about economics and business.
The narration of this piece is superbly done, fitting a mature and seasoned voice to the author’s own mature and seasoned thoughts. I wish I had read this during my undergraduate studies (I took a lot of business classes) because I would have been much more prepared to share a distinctively Christian worldview with my teachers and classmates.
The opinions expressed are my own. I received an audio book download of this work from christianaudio.
- Helpful emphasis. A few weaknesses.
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.
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:
4. Commercial Transactions
7. Inequality of Possessions
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. Other of his "arguments" are built upon mere assumptions and cultural practices.
Speaking of cultural practice, it is apparent that Grudem writes from the perspective of one who lives in a democracy with a (sort of) thriving capitalistic economy. There is nothing wrong with a democracy and a thriving capitalistic economy, but I am afraid that some of the author's claims and statements reflected his cultural bias. It sometimes seemed as if Grudem was prooftexting his preference for the way business is done in our economy, rather than simply taking the Bible's teaching at face value.
This is a very short book, just over two hours in the excellent audio version from christianaudio.com. Despite it's brevity, the book becomes a bit tedious since each chapter (except the last two) follows the same pattern. Perhaps this book is a prequel to another forthcoming book on business, so I'll be happy to forgive Grudem for this.
Narrator Maurice England is excellent. This is the second book in which I've listend to England's narration.
I'm thankful for the overall message of the book, which emphasizes that Christian businesspeople can and should bring glory to God. The final chapters were excellent reminders of correctly aligning one's heart, and responding to global need.