In addition to his management roles, Phil had over 20 years’ experience advising companies on their company’s value, effect on value of different operating and financial strategies, such as sell, take public and/or joint venture options. Advice included due diligence, tax strategies, accounting issues, business strategies, corporate structure, and capitalization arrangements. He had consulted on corporate spinoffs, restructuring, and shareholder value implementation strategies. Phil has spoken and written on the economics of regional power planning, Global CapitalTrends-Effects of the U.S. Business Environment, Tax Strategies in M&A Transactions, Financing Leverage Buyouts, Capital for Financial Institutions,and Global Financial Instruments. Phil spoke at BusinessWeek’s 2003 CFO CIO Forum on the Implications of 2003 Tax legislation.
There’s a comic strip that I shared a while back called “How to Over-Spiritualize Everything” that makes the same point you make in your comments. We can, I can, have a tendency to make things sound more spiritual than they really are; however, we are also guilty of not realizing the spiritual significance in things that surround us because we consider it too mundane for God to care about.
The warnings of succumbing to the love of money are dire in the Bible. The rich young ruler who claimed to be perfect in following the commandments was turned away by Christ because he loved his possessions more than his Creator. There were none that contradicted the young man’s claim so we can assume he was probably a very good man, but it takes more.
Although Adam was not an entrepreneur, the first thing God did when He created Adam was to give him a job (Genesis 2:15). We are created to work, to use our minds and our hands to subdue this world and rule over it (Genesis 1:28). Scripture praises industriousness and hard work (Proverbs 14:23; 31:27; Ephesians 4:28). By contrast, those who are idle are harshly reprimanded (Proverbs 19:15; 2 Thessalonians 3:6). We are instructed to make it our “ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands” (1 Thessalonians 4:11).
What you’ve written is atrocious. It is not found in the Bible anywhere. Instead of trying to make Jesus/the Bible relevant to today, you might focus on Biblical Truths. Christ came, lived a perfect life, taught the disciples, was killed as a sacrifice for the SINS of us all, Rose from death to live eternally – and will return to judge all humanity – not based on any entrepreneurship or how well we lived, but by our belief in Him as our Savior.
As an advocate for the next generation, Phil had a passion for mentoring and teaching all ages. He was the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Business at The King’s College, New York City, teaching Financial Accounting, Business Law, International Business,and Business Ethics. He was also Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University teaching Business Valuation for the Masters in Accounting and Finance programs.
While state schools can provide information about counseling, City Vision will provide very practical counseling education with deep Christian integration. Similarly many state schools’ nonprofit management programs are often essentially generic business degrees, while we help our students integrate their Christian values in how they run nonprofit organizations and businesses.
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The Bible is all about Jesus and His Atoning Sacrifice on the Cross for US! We don’t need to (and cannot) do anything more. I tell others of the Salvific work of Christ, and how believing in your heart (where only God can look), the Holy Spirit works change in our nature. Our we still sinful? YES of course but we’re freed of the crushing guilt of the Law and we rejoice at God’s forgiveness. We are all beggars; we look to Christ; we confess the one TRUE FAITH given once to the saints – why would you, Bill Woolsey, Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, and countless others push new ideas on what Christ’s Church needs to do and to be ?
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I highly respect those who subscribe to the school of thought that there should be nothing professional about Christian ministry. I understand where you’re coming from. I’ve read John Piper’s book, Brothers, We Are Not Professionals. It’s a great book. It reminds us that we’re not just here to analyze markets and produce numbers. I completely agree.
Nice post but while it sounds good in theory, faith based businesses don’t work well. My first passion as a Christian who loves tech was to create a business that would serve the community. I started from an events platform to an online radio station. I did this because I identified gaps in the market. There wasn’t any doubt that it would meet a need. However, most people wanted to use the services for free. Had many who came for what they could get and then left when they were asked to pay. They seem happy to pay with a “God will bless you”. However after many God bless you, there were no money to keep things afloat and they fail miserably.
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