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Christianity in Business is the show that helps Christian business leaders to integrate biblical values into business. This podcast is produced by the Center for Christianity in Business, an initiative of the Archie W. Dunham College of Business at Houston Baptist University.
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On this episode, we’re joined by Sam Voorhies. Sam serves as the executive director of the Center for Biblical Leadership and Professor of Leadership at the MacArthur School of Leadership at Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBA) in West Palm Beach, Florida. Prior to academia, Sam had a 30-year career in various roles of senior leadership in the humanitarian industry, including serving as global director for leadership and organizational development of World Vision International. Sam is passionate about working with leaders, their teams and organizations to achieve exceptional performance, with a focus on delivering strategic support to assess capabilities and expand successes for increased effective leadership and team growth aligned with organizational mission and values. Sam holds a Ph.D. in International Development Education from Florida State University. He is the author of several articles and publications on leadership, international and community development. Recently, he co-authored an article in the latest issue of the Christian Business Review titled “Leading from Within: Modeling Biblical Transformation.” http://www.pba.edu/cbl Questions and lessons explored in this episode: What’s the key practical difference between biblical leadership and other types of leadership? How do shame and pride stifle leadership effectiveness? What is needed for a leader to go from self-deception to self-awareness? Christianity in Business is the show that helps Christian business leaders to integrate biblical values into business. | Entrepreneurship | Marketing | Nonprofit | Church | Author | Startups | Marketplace | Ministry | Business as Mission | Faith and Work | Faith | Success | Leadership | www.ChristianityInBusiness.com
On this episode, we’re joined by Warwick Fairfax. Warwick is the founder of Crucible Leadership, a philosophical and practical breakthrough in turning business and personal failures into the fuel for igniting a life of significance. He has been hailed by Forbes as offering “compelling insights for anyone who would like to wake up feeling inspired by their work, but doesn’t” … insights rooted not in a checklist of glib to-do’s but in his own experience at the epicenter of one of the most spectacular business failures in the history of his home nation of Australia. He shares insights from his experience and interviews other leaders who have leveraged their crucible moments to live and lead with significance on the podcast BEYOND THE CRUCIBLE. He holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified executive coach. https://crucibleleadership.com/ Questions and lessons explored in this episode: What went wrong when Warwick achieved a $2 billion takeover of one of Australia’s largest and longest-standing companies at the age of 26? What is “crucible leadership?” What Scriptures and biblical truths helped Warwick to move beyond the life-altering crucible of the takeover? Christianity in Business is the show that helps Christian business leaders to integrate biblical values into business. | Entrepreneurship | Marketing | Nonprofit | Church | Author | Startups | Marketplace | Ministry | Business as Mission | Faith and Work | Faith | Success | Leadership | www.ChristianityInBusiness.com
On this episode, we’re joined by Dave Buehring. Dave is the Founder and President of the Lionshare Leadership Group, a nonprofit organization aimed at igniting and equipping leaders to fulfill Jesus’ Great Co-Mission of making disciple makers. He’s the author of several books, including A Discipleship Journey and the forthcoming book, The Great Opportunity: Making Disciples of Jesus in Every Vocation. He can also be regularly heard on Lionshare’s podcast Wisdom Unlocked: The Ways of God. https://www.lionshare.org/ Questions and lessons explored in this episode: What is vocational disciple-making? What are some examples of people becoming disciples of Jesus in the workplace? Christianity in Business is the show that helps Christian business leaders to integrate biblical values into business. | Entrepreneurship | Marketing | Nonprofit | Church | Author | Startups | Marketplace | Ministry | Business as Mission | Faith and Work | Faith | Success | Leadership | www.ChristianityInBusiness.com
On this episode, we’re joined by Seth Barnes. Seth is the Co-Founder of Global U, a Christian gap year program for artists, builders, and entrepreneurs looking to live life on mission. He is also Founder of Adventures in Missions. Adventures in Missions is an interdenominational missions organization that has taken over 125,000 people into the mission field since 1989, some for as short as a week and others for as long as a year or longer. To move toward the fulfillment of the vision, Seth also founded the World Race in 2005. The World Race provides trained teams of young adults the opportunity to engage in 11 international mission contexts in 11 months using an experiential, missional discipleship model. https://theglobalu.org/ https://www.adventures.org/ https://www.sethbarnes.com/ Questions and lessons explored in this episode: What is the role of business professionals in the cross-cultural mission of the Church? For recent high school graduates, do apprenticeships offer a better model for Christian discipleship than attending college? Christianity in Business is the show that helps Christian business leaders to integrate biblical values into business. | Entrepreneurship | Marketing | Nonprofit | Church | Author | Startups | Marketplace | Ministry | Business as Mission | Faith and Work | Faith | Success | Leadership | www.ChristianityInBusiness.com
On this episode, we’re joined by Becky Turner. Becky Turner is the National Managing Partner for The Barnabas Group, which provides opportunities to support Christian nonprofit organizations with their God-given expertise and skill sets. She is also the President and Founder of KBT Consulting and serves women in life coaching and non-profits in strategic planning and development. https://barnabasgroup.org/ Questions and lessons explored in this episode: How does Barnabas Group connect business professionals with nonprofits where they can offer their skill sets? What are some real-world examples of business professionals using their skills to help a nonprofit organization? What level of commitment is Barnabas Group expecting these business professionals to provide to these nonprofits? How does Barnabas Group exhort Christian business professionals to serve nonprofits without downplaying the potential eternal value of the work they do in the for-profit business world? Christianity in Business is the show that helps Christian business leaders to integrate biblical values into business. | Entrepreneurship | Marketing | Nonprofit | Church | Author | Startups | Marketplace | Ministry | Business as Mission | Faith and Work | Faith | Success | Leadership | www.ChristianityInBusiness.com
On this episode, we’re joined by Mike Rome.   Mike is Senior Partner and co-leads the Board, CEO, and Private Equity practices at Allen Austin, a consulting and retained search and leadership advisory firm. He helped to co-found the Center for Christianity in Business at Houston Baptist University.   Prior to joining Allen Austin, he was CEO and Principal at Chilton Capital Management and CEO at Texan Capital. He is also a managing partner in a private-equity firm, Memorial Capital Partners.   Mike graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree, and was a two sport letterman in Football and Baseball. He furthered his studies in Portfolio Management at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and in Behavioral Finance at Harvard University.   He is also the author of the new book, Mastering Your Pain: 18 Strategies to Perform Effectively Despite Your Physical Pain.  https://allenaustin.com/ Questions and lessons explored in this episode: How do most people handle their chronic physical pain at work?   How should people communicate with others about the debilitating pain they’re dealing with?  How can we help our co-workers who are in an ongoing battle with physical pain?      Christianity in Business is the show that helps Christian business leaders to integrate biblical values into business. | Entrepreneurship | Marketing | Nonprofit | Church | Author | Startups | Marketplace | Ministry | Business as Mission | Faith and Work | Faith | Success | Leadership | www.ChristianityInBusiness.com 
On this episode, we’re joined by Aaron McClung. Aaron is the founder and principal of AM, a full-service branding, marketing, and technology firm in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. For over two decades, AM has served businesses and nonprofits of all sizes including Carrier Corporation, AT&T, Sonic Restaurants, Phillips 66, North American Mission Board, Goodwill Industries, TobyMac, Kyser Musical Products (capos), Passion Conferences, NFL Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, and hundreds more. AM was recognized by the SMU Cox School of Business as one of the 100 fastest growing companies in Dallas in 2009. AM’s work has also been recognized by The Dallas Society of Visual Communications and the American Advertising Federation – Fort Worth. https://aaronmcclung.com/ https://www.discoveram.com Questions and lessons explored in this episode: What are some biblical principles for branding? Should business branding be product-focused or purpose-focused? What are some examples of purpose-focused businesses with great branding? Does product-focused branding work in today’s marketplace? Christianity in Business is the show that helps Christian business leaders to integrate biblical values into business. | Entrepreneurship | Marketing | Nonprofit | Church | Author | Startups | Marketplace | Ministry | Business as Mission | Faith and Work | Faith | Success | Leadership | www.ChristianityInBusiness.com
On this episode, we’re joined by Dr. Bob Shearer. Dr. Bob Shearer has taught business law and management ethics at North Greenville University and Southern Wesleyan University, respectively. Today, he’s helping to grow a startup called Carolina Buy, which is a purchasing cooperative for educators, governments, nonprofits, and churches in South Carolina. He’s a highly decorated USAF combat pilot from Vietnam, and he holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina.   He’s the author of the new book, My Life in the Two-Cross Kingdom: How Jesus’ Cross Got Me into the Kingdom and How My Cross Gets the Kingdom into Me. For many years, he has hosted the TV show, Niteline, on the Dove Broadcasting Network and blogs about “Two-Cross Kingdom” living at www.RobertLynnShearer.com. Questions and lessons explored in this episode: Duty-based vs. outcome-based management ethics What is the “Two-Cross Kingdom” and its implications for Christian business managers? The need for management ethics based on cross-bearing discipleship Christianity in Business is the show that helps Christian business leaders to integrate biblical values into business. | Entrepreneurship | Marketing | Nonprofit | Church | Author | Startups | Marketplace | Ministry | Business as Mission | Faith and Work | Faith | Success | Leadership | www.ChristianityInBusiness.com
On this episode, we’re joined by Dave Kahle. Dave Kahle is the author of The Good Book on Business, an exploration of the Bible on business. He has been a Bible teacher, elder, house church leader, short-term missionary, and Christian executive roundtable leader. For 30 years, he has been one of the world’s leading authorities on sales and sales systems. In that regards, he has spoken in 47 states and 11 countries and has authored 13 books, which have been translated into eight languages and are available in 20 plus countries. www.DaveKahle.com   Dave Kahle’s $1000 college scholarship opportunity for students pursuing a sales-related degree: https://www.thebiblicalbusiness.com/the-christian-sales-scholarship/ Questions and lessons explored in this episode: Why do some Christians feel that the sales profession isn’t as respectable as other Christian callings? Why are Christians needed in the sales profession? What are some of the unique challenges faced by Christians in the sales profession? How can Christian college students studying to be professional salespeople apply for the $1000 scholarship Dave is offering? Christianity in Business is the show that helps Christian business leaders to integrate biblical values into business. | Entrepreneurship | Marketing | Nonprofit | Church | Author | Startups | Marketplace | Ministry | Business as Mission | Faith and Work | Faith | Success | Leadership | www.ChristianityInBusiness.com
On this episode, we’re joined by Michael Holmes.   Mike is founder of Tithehacker.org, a site dedicated to stirring up a revolution of giving. He’s the author of I Shall Raise Thee Up: Ancient Principles for Lasting Greatness and Success Habits of Christian Millionaires. www.Tithehacker.org Questions and lessons explored in this episode: Who are some of the Christian millionaires (and billionaires) profiled in Michael’s book, Success Habits of Christian Millionaires? What are eight success habits of Christian millionaires? What are some of the best stories/examples of these success habits being applied by these Christian millionaires? Christianity in Business is the show that helps Christian business leaders to integrate biblical values into business. | Entrepreneurship | Marketing | Nonprofit | Church | Author | Startups | Marketplace | Ministry | Business as Mission | Faith and Work | Faith | Success | Leadership | www.ChristianityInBusiness.com
On this episode, we’re joined by Pierce Brantley.   Pierce Brantley is an author, speaker, entrepreneur, and Christian businessman. He has successfully launched, run, and sold his own company, served as an executive for a top-ten Social PR firm in Dallas and consulted with numerous Fortune 500 companies. He studied Disruptive Business Strategy under the late Clayton Christensen at Harvard Business School. He is the author of Calling: Awaken to The Purpose of Your Work, Creating Heroes: The 10 Tactics of Client Leadership and Organizational Management, and Power Love Sound Mind: 52 Week Soul Strategy. https://piercebrantley.co/   Book - Calling: Awaken to The Purpose of Your Work Questions and lessons explored in this episode: What is “the anointing”? How does God’s anointing apply to the work we do in business? What are some biblical examples of God’s people working with the anointing to accomplish God’s work? Christianity in Business is the show that helps Christian business leaders to integrate biblical values into business. | Entrepreneurship | Marketing | Nonprofit | Church | Author | Startups | Marketplace | Ministry | Business as Mission | Faith and Work | Faith | Success | Leadership | www.ChristianityInBusiness.com
Paul Sanders is the President and CEO of the Oldham Little Church Foundation (OLCF), a foundation dedicated to helping small Protestant evangelical churches with facilities completion grants. Since the establishment in 1949, the OLCF has granted over $46 million to 16,800 churches across the United States. As an Architect by training, his experience in complex project development and planning has included key roles with Rice University, the Texas Medical Center, Inc. and Texas A&M University. He holds a Doctor of Public Health from the University of Texas.   Leigh McLeroy is an author, speaker, and Bible teacher who speaks at conferences and retreats across the U.S. She has created print and web content and curriculum for a variety of non-profit and faith-based organizations including Redeemer Presbyterian Church (NYC) and The Oldham Little Church Foundation. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts in Apologetics from Houston Baptist University. She is the author of five books including The Beautiful Ache and The Sacred Ordinary, and a collaborator, editor, or ghostwriter for another 17 published titles. https://www.oldhamlcf.org Questions and lessons explored in this episode: Why was Morris Oldham’s dairy company so wildly successful? How did his Christian values emerge through the way he ran his company? What were his wishes concerning the Oldham Little Church Foundation? What do you think Morris Oldham’s advice would be for this current generation of entrepreneurs? Christianity in Business is the show that helps Christian business leaders to integrate biblical values into business. | Entrepreneurship | Marketing | Nonprofit | Church | Author | Startups | Marketplace | Ministry | Business as Mission | Faith and Work | Faith | Success | Leadership | www.ChristianityInBusiness.com
On this episode, we’re joined by Eric Dunavant. Eric is the founder and CEO of Paradiem. He’s the author of the book, What If We’ve Been Doing It All Wrong, which focuses on how our worldview often interrupts all our financial thinking and behavior. In addition to his writing accolades, Eric has been featured in several national publications and media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones Daily Finance, and The Street and Family Wealth Report. Eric is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University, where he graduated with a degree in business. www.Paradiem.org Questions and lessons explored in this episode: Why business is for the sake of the family … not merely for the sake of the business How does the Bible define “inheritance”? Hosting a mission trip for your employees Starting an emergency fund to care for employees in times of need Christianity in Business is the show that helps Christian business leaders to integrate biblical values into business. | Entrepreneurship | Marketing | Nonprofit | Church | Author | Startups | Marketplace | Ministry | Business as Mission | Faith and Work | Faith | Success | Leadership | www.ChristianityInBusiness.com
On this episode, we’re joined by Dr. William Oliver. William holds a master’s from MIT and a Doctor of Management from Case Western.  He taught in the undergraduate and master’s programs at Brandeis, UMass Amherst, Tufts, Gordon College, and UC Irvine. Dr. Oliver has founded four companies and invested as a partner in a venture capital firm. He has consulted to senior leadership of big business through Bain & Company and KPMG as well as to government agencies, bringing the benefit of commercial-sector experience in outsourcing, business process improvement, and using data to improve management decision making. He has served as CFO of three companies and on the boards of three commercial companies and four non-profits. He has also done a lot of great work to help people with special needs and developmental disabilities through his church, the Special Olympics, and as Treasurer of L’Arche Boston North, a mission-focused community where people with developmental disabilities and those who assist them live together as a family and a sign of hope to the greater community.  He's the author of the new article titled, The Fourth Bottom Line: How God Calls Christians to Praise Him Through Business.  www.SattlerCollege.org Questions explored in this episode: What are the four bottom lines every business manager should be concerned about? How can we praise God through competition in the marketplace? How does God use business managers to provide daily bread for people? Christianity in Business is the show that helps Christian business leaders to integrate biblical values into business. | Entrepreneurship | Marketing | Nonprofit | Church | Author | Startups | Marketplace | Ministry | Business as Mission | Faith and Work | Faith | Success | Leadership | www.ChristianityInBusiness.com
On this episode, we’re joined by Mike Sharrow. Mike is the President and CEO of C12 Group, the nation’s largest network of Christian CEOs, business owners, and executives. Before joining C12, Mike owned a healthcare strategy consulting group and served as an executive pastor for a church in Texas. Questions explored in this episode: How are Christian-led companies being impacted by COVID-19? What are some of the positive stories emerging from this crisis? How should Christian business leaders respond to this crisis? How are things going to be different for companies and what opportunities will emerge as a result of COVID-19? Christianity in Business is the show that helps Christian business leaders to integrate biblical values into business. | Entrepreneurship | Marketing | Nonprofit | Church | Author | Startups | Marketplace | Ministry | Business as Mission | Faith and Work | Faith | Success | Leadership | www.ChristianityInBusiness.com
On this episode, we’re joined by Jason Thacker. Jason Thacker serves as Associate Research Fellow at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. His writing on human dignity, ethics, technology, and artificial intelligence has been featured in publications such as The Gospel Coalition and Christianity Today. Jason and his wife, Dorie, live outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with their two sons. He’s the author of the new book, The Age of AI: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity. Website: www.JasonThacker.com Facebook: @jthackerERLC Twitter: @jasonthacker Instagram: @jasonthacker Christianity in Business is the show that helps Christian business leaders to integrate biblical values into business. | Entrepreneurship | Marketing | Nonprofit | Church | Author | Startups | Marketplace | Ministry | Business as Mission | Faith and Work | Faith | Success | Leadership | www.ChristianityInBusiness.com
At the Center for Christianity in Business, we have luncheons twice per year where we have a speaker or panel of speakers discuss topics related to integrating biblical values in business. On this episode, you’ll have an opportunity to hear from the most recent panel, which consisted of extremely successful Christian women entrepreneurs about their experiences and lessons-learned in the business world. The panelists were: Tina Murray, President, Mind Dance Marketing, Inc. Leah Faul, Owner and Lead Digital Strategist, 15000 Cubits Bonnie Helvie, Owner and Executive Director of Bonnie Group and Market Partner at MONAT Global. The panel discussion was moderated by Sharon Saunders, Vice President for Advancement and University Relations, Houston Baptist University.  I have attended many of these events at HBU, and I would say this one was my personal favorite. Now please enjoy this amazing episode. Christianity in Business is the show that helps Christian business leaders to integrate biblical values into business. | Entrepreneurship | Marketing | Nonprofit | Church | Author | Startups | Marketplace | Ministry | Business as Mission | Faith and Work | Faith | Success | Leadership | www.ChristianityInBusiness.com
On this episode, we’re joined by Mike Zigarelli. Michael Zigarelli is a Professor of Leadership and Strategy at Messiah College and the former Dean of the Regent University School of Business. Dr. Zigarelli’s research in the fields of management, practical theology, and sports ministry has appeared in a number of scholarly journals and magazines, and he is the author of twelve books, including Christian-Owned Companies, Influencing Like Jesus, The Messiah Method, and Management by Proverbs. His work has been translated into several languages. Professor Zigarelli is also the creator of Assess-Yourself.org, the Christianity 9 to 5 Resource Center (www.Christianity9to5.org) and YouTube Channel (www.YouTube.com/c/christianity9to5), and he serves as a management consultant for churches and schools. Questions explored in this episode: • What does it look like when a follower of Christ runs a business? • Who are some of the lesser-known Christian-owned companies making an impact for Jesus in the marketplace? • What do these Christian-owned companies have in common? What are some of their best practices? Christianity in Business is the show that helps Christian business leaders to integrate biblical values into business. | Entrepreneurship | Marketing | Nonprofit | Church | Author | Startups | Marketplace | Ministry | Business as Mission | Faith and Work | Faith | Success | Leadership | www.ChristianityInBusiness.com
On this episode, we’re joined by Al Erisman. Albert M. (Al) Erisman is the Executive in Residence at the Seattle Pacific University School of Business, Government and Economics, and the past Director for the Center for Integrity in Business at Seattle Pacific University (SPU). He teaches business ethics and business and technology subjects at SPU and also edits Ethix magazine (www.ethix.org). He's on the review board for The Center for Christianity in Business’ Christian Business Review at Houston Baptist University. In April 2001, Al completed a 32-year career at The Boeing Company, where for the last 10 years he was Director of R&D for computing and mathematics.  He has a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Iowa State University. Al has been on numerous boards for science and technology including projects for the National Academy. He is also a board member for several startup companies. He has a passion for issues related to faith and work and serves on the board of advisors for Theology of Work Project and Kiros, a Christians in Business organization in the Seattle area. Al has been married to Nancy for 57 years and they have four children and nine grandchildren. They attend Westminster Chapel in Bellevue. He’s the author of the new book, The ServiceMaster Story. Christianity in Business is the show that helps Christian business leaders to integrate biblical values into business. | Entrepreneurship | Marketing | Nonprofit | Church | Author | Startups | Marketplace | Ministry | Business as Mission | Faith and Work | Faith | Success | Leadership | www.ChristianityInBusiness.com
On this episode, we’re joined by Jeff Thomas.  Jeff has over 25 years of experience working at some of the biggest names on Wall Street. He was named to Morgan Stanley’s Chairman’s Club (top 2% of advisors) in 2008. From 2009 to 2013, Barron’s magazine recognized him as “One of Texas’ Top Financial Advisors."  In 2017, Jeff established Archetype Wealth Partners, LLC. From small advisors who are wired for more to high-capacity business owners, he is passionate about fueling leaders for greater impact. He's the author of the new book, Trading Up: Moving From Success to Significance on Wall Street. Jeff’s new book: www.TradingUpBook.com www.ArchetypeWealth.com Topics/themes explored in this episode: How to represent Jesus within a large company When is it time to leave a company and start your own? How to shift the culture of an entire industry How to disciple people working in your company Christianity in Business is the show that helps Christian business leaders to integrate biblical values into business. | Entrepreneurship | Marketing | Nonprofit | Church | Author | Startups | Marketplace | Ministry | Business as Mission | Faith and Work | Faith | Success | Leadership | www.ChristianityInBusiness.com
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