There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

ate, drank, talked shop about bringing in the kingdom

schrute buck!Following up the invitation post from a couple days ago, I spent time with several men in our church this morning from a wide variety of professions (commercial real estate, insurance, finance, paper mfg (not Dunder-Mifflin though), human resources). They all came to discuss honestly what it means to be in business–whatever business–for the glory of God. Businesses exist to survive and grow by providing a service people need or want; that’s what we all know as the bottom line. Bbut these men and their respective businesses do that guided by still other “bottom lines”–to borrow a phrase from a Tim Keller talk to investment brokers you should all take pains to hear. They recognize the importance of shepherding their employees and serving their clients in such a way that honors the Lord. Today, we listened to Tracy Taylor, CEO of Watson and Taylor Self Store, summarize his business and the manner in which he seeks to fulfill their business plan guided by their commitments to Christ. Those in attendance then had opportunity to ask him honest, even probing, questions about the nuts and bolts of running a business without having just profit-margins being the sole impetus for their efforts.

Few if any of you are in the CEO slot or even upper management currently, but some of you are headed in that direction in some unforseeable future. Even if you have no aspirations to greater authority within a business, firm, non-profit, or other industry, to hear these folks discuss what it means to lead, at any level, in the workplace from within a Christ-centered world-view would be advantageous to anyone who holds down a job.

I realized when I sat down this morning, though, that probably none of you could’ve attended this morning since it lasted until 9:30. If you showed up at work at 10am, you soon wouldn’t have a job in which to integrate your faith at all! So, I’ll see if I can find other times they gather that might be amenable to your work schedule.

This is worth your time, folks, if only to listen. There are real issues to consider if you’re going to walk worthily of the LORD in your workplace. Listen up for subsequent gatherings.

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  Eric Hundin wrote @

I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

Eric Hundin

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