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Business for the Glory of God; The BIble's Teaching on the Moral Goodness of Business by [grudem, wayne]
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Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge; DD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary, having previously taught for 20 years at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Grudem earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, as well as an MDiv from Westminster Seminary. He is the former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, a cofounder and past president of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, the general editor of the ESV Study Bible, and has published over 20 books, including Systematic Theology, Evangelical Feminism, Politics--According to the Bible, and Business for the Glory of God.


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  • Publisher: Crossway (6 Nov. 2003)
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I have just finished reading Wayne Grudem's little volume 'Business for the Glory of God'. Despite its brevity (it's only 96 pages long), Grudem paints an extremely exciting picture of the role business can (and should) play in the unfolding of God's purposes for mankind. Far from being 'secular' or even 'morally neutral', Grudem argues persuasively that business is in itself morally good and pleasing to God.

The book examines a range of key components of business and shows how the Bible commends them and lays out a blueprint for how they should be practised. There are chapters on the following areas;

- Ownership

- Productivity

- Employment

- Commercial Transactions

- Profit

- Money

- Inequality of Possessions

- Competition

- Borrowing and Lending

- Attitudes of Heart

- Effect on World Poverty

All of these chapters explain clearly and crisply the way these activities are morally good and part of God's intention for mankind, but Grudem isn't naïve about the way they can be and often are abused in the real world.
Far more that simply providing a biblical basis for doing business, the book opened my eyes afresh to see the overwhelming need for the Church, as the people of God, to play an active role in restoring confidence in business. As Grudem himself says;
'I believe the only long-term solution to world poverty is business. That is because businesses produce goods, and businesses produce jobs. And businesses continue producing goods year after year, and continue providing jobs and paying wages year after year.
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So often in our times business and finance in particular are reviled and condemned. This book places the role of business in society in a God honouring and eternal perspective. Business is a force for good when it is patterned after the Creator's example. The fuller exposition of this important book will be of great value when completed.
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Just finished reading this great book on the evening I got it. Really helpful for viewing business positively and getting rid of the vestiges of guilt around profit, competition, borrowing, lending, etc.

As ever Grudem is very clear and persuasive. Highly recommend it!
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Good principles, however, a bit repetitive with constant reiteration which was unnecessary as the principles were well laid out in the first place.
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HASH(0x99751828) out of 5 stars God Can Be Glorified By Ownership, Profit, and Business! 12 Sept. 2004
By Jacob and Kiki Hantla - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I had never really thought about it, but I guess--even though it is contrary to my longing and belief that God can be and is glorified through all of the Christian's life--that I had always just assumed that business wasn't good in and of itself. In fact like Grudem asserts of those who are like I was, we believe, "that from a moral perspective [profit, competition, money, and business are] 'neutral' at best." I guess that when I was pursuing a degree in engineering, I thought that I could glorify God through it by sharing the gospel at the work place, earning enough money to free my wife up to be a stay-at-home mom, and being able to give more money to the church. But Grudem's view is so much balanced and biblical than these views, exposing my blindness that would have kept me from obeying 1 Corinthians 10:31, "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do (including business), do all for the glory of God." (On a side not to 1 Cor 10:31, read "How to Drink Orange Juice to the Glory of God," chapter 5 of John Piper's book, "Pierced by the Word.")

The topics in which Grudem covers in this book, with a chapter devoted to each one are:

How God is glorified by...

1. Ownership

2. Productivity

3. Employment

4. Commercial Transactions

5. Profit

6. Money

7. Inequality of Possessions

8. Competition

9. Borrowing and Lending

and he then includes two chapters on

10. Attitudes of Heart

11. Effects on World Poverty.

Grudem is not blind to the abuses of business, the ways in which we idolize money and success and become gracious losing sight of the fact that we are operating with God's stuff not ours. He regularly comments throughout the book on concerns to balance the view, but the real wealth of attitude-changing information comes from not-often-talked-about fact that business can in-and-of-itself be glorifying to God. We don't have to feel "vaguely guilty" about business but can use it to both glorify God while we're doing it and advance the Kingdom through it.

My only complaint is the size of the book, and for that I wish I could give it four-and-a-half stars. The book is really small (83 pages of text) and oftentimes when it seems like he is just beginning to develop a thought or when a proposition could use a little more defense, he needs to move on to the next topic of discussion. However, he can be excused because he has let the reader know that he is working on a larger edition saying in the preface, "The Bible says much about these topics, and a thorough treatment deserves a much larger book than this, one that I am still in the process of writing."

In summary, if you are in business or are a student studying or considering studying business, read this book. It should have a profound and God-glorifying effect (if read as it is written and not taken as a license to idolize business or success and withhold God's grace from people) on your life, studies, and career.

Soli deo gloria.
22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9975187c) out of 5 stars A Great but Short Treatment of the Subject 8 Nov. 2005
By Tim Challies - Published on Amazon.com
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I own quite a few books written by Wayne Grudem and most of them vary between being long and very long (not to say that this is necessarily a bad thing). Grudem takes on difficult and controversial subjects such as Bible translation and the roles of men and women in the church and covers them both thoroughly and biblically. It was with some surprise, then, that I received Business for the Glory of God and noted that it is a mere 96 pages - the perfect size to read in a single evening. Its size may be deceiving, for this little book contains some powerful teaching about the value of business.

Grudem says, rightly I'm sure, that when people ask how their lives can glorify God, they are rarely told, "Go into business." Students, when they ask, "How can I serve God with my life," don't often hear the answer, "Go into business." This little book claims just this, that "many aspects of business activity are morally good in themselves, and that in themselves they bring glory to God - though they also have great potential for misuse and wrongdoing." Dr. Grudem examines business under the following headings:

1. Ownership

2. Productivity

3. Employment

4. Commercial transactions (buying and selling)

5. Profit

6. Money

7. Inequality of possessions

8. Competition

9. Borrowing and lending

10. Attitudes of hearing

11. Effect on world poverty

Through each chapter Grudem shows that the topic he discusses is fundamentally good, whether it be ownership, profit, or inequality of possessions, and that each one provides many opportunities to glorify God, but also many temptations to sin. The temptation to sin by making an idol of money, for example, does not negate the fact that money is fundamentally good and is a God-given gift. As we have come to expect from Grudem's books, this one is filled with references to the Bible and in fact is driven by Scripture.

What the reader will come to understand is that business, as fundamentally good as it is, is not an end in itself. Business and all the elements that comprise it, are instruments God uses to bring glory to Himself. God is glorified when we use our gifts and talents to employ others, to make money and to turn a profit. God is glorified when we borrow and lend and compete. God has entrusted these tools to us and expects us to use them in a way that honors Him. The book concludes with a reflection on the effect of business on world poverty. "I believe the only long-term solution to world poverty is business. That is because businesses produce goods, and business produce jobs. And business continue producing goods year after year, and continue providing jobs and paying wages year after year. Therefore if we are every going to see long-term solutions to world poverty, I believe it will come through starting and maintaining productive, profitable businesses."

Business for the Glory of God is a wonderful little book that is sure to edify whoever reads it. As we approach the Christmas season, this may be a book you would want to consider purchasing as a gift (or stocking-stuffer depending on your budget) for the man or woman in your life who is involved in business, or even for the teen who is wondering how he can use his life to bring glory to God. I enjoyed this book and am happy to recommend it.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a71afb4) out of 5 stars Not as much as I had hoped for 16 Jan. 2005
By Pat Davin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm facinated by business and marrying the Kingdom of God to the topic of business really captured my attention. I couldn't wait to read the book. Each chapter was dissapointing with few, new thoughts. I think college students and those new to business may find this useful but those who have already spent much time in business or considering how business and the glory of God go together may not find much new to chew on here. I believe the author is a professor and not a businessman--which may be why he didn't deliver as much as I had hoped.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99751b04) out of 5 stars Good emphasis. Some weaknesses. 9 Mar. 2012
By Daniel and Keren Threlfall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.

Overview of Business for the Glory of God
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:

1. Ownership
2. Productivity
3. Employment
4. Commercial Transactions
5. Profit
6. Money
7. Inequality of Possessions
8. Competition
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.
HASH(0x99751cb4) out of 5 stars Excellent brief defense of the fundamental goodness in business, evidenced in scripture. 15 Mar. 2016
By Benjamin - Published on Amazon.com
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Wayne Grudem presents an excellent Biblical defense of business and indirectly, Capitalism. He argues that work and business are good and were created by God. He admits that evil men can abuse it of course, but fundamentally business is good. This book is a short read, I finished it in a few hours. I read this book for BUSI 301 at Liberty University and then wrote an analytical review. Being that it is a short book, most of the topics are dealt with briefly and so this book is a good introduction to the scriptures on work and business. I would suggest to the author to take these ideas and write another more in depth book!
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