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Business for the Glory of God (Clarus Conference) – Wayne Grudem

How might you answer these questions?

Is God pleased with our owning things?
Is God pleased when we take materials from the earth and produce things?
Is God pleased when men employ others for work?
Is God pleased with commercial transaction?
Is God pleased with men making a profit?
Is God pleased with the idea of money?
Is God pleased with inequality of possessions?
Is God pleased with competition?
Is God pleased with borrowing and lending?

In his lecture “Business for the Glory of God: The Bible’s Teaching on the Moral Goodness of Business,” Dr Grudem answers each in the affirmative.  And he answers them, I might add, with great pastoral care and biblical fidelity.  This is really helpful stuff.  If you’ve never thought through the subject of business or work or the basic tenets of capitalism, you’ve got to give this a listen.  It will transform your thinking and give you a greater appreciation for the depth and relevancy of God’s Word.

Actually, this is the first lecture of three related messages delivered at the 2010 Clarus Conference.  The others are equally as interesting and helpful.  Just consider their titles:

“Business Ethics: Working, Buying and Selling According to God’s Moral Standards.”

“The Bible’s Solution to World Poverty: 50 Factors within Nations that Determine their Wealth or Poverty.”

I especially enjoyed the message on nations and poverty.  I have a brother-in-law from Ethiopia.  Having come to learn more about that poverty stricken nation, many of the principles outlined in Grudem’s lecture made me think about that ailing country.  Oh, if the leaders of this world would only look to Christ.

Must Listen Factor: High.  Everyone can benefit from the messages

Difficulty: Moderate

Length: About an hour each

To Download: Click picture.  BTW, the messages by Randy Alcorn are good as well.