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Business School

“Not to us, O  Lord, not to us, but to Your name give glory” (Psalm 115:1).

On Friday, March 28, Bev and I experienced an unforgettable and humbling day.

We attended the dedication of the Howard Dayton School of Business Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky. Asbury University is a terrific Christian university that was founded in 1890. Dr. Sandra Gray is an amazing college president and visionary. The Lord has provided the business school with an outstanding Dean, Dr. Michael Kane.

I’ve been asked, “Why another business school with an MBA program? There are hundreds of business school s in our country. We don’t need another one. What’s different about this one?”

This is a legitimate question. So, here are the distinctive of this school of business:

  • Every course will be built on the foundation of God’s word. The Bible contains 2,350 dealing with money and possessions and hundreds of verses have application to business. There is no other school of business built on this foundation.
  • Every student will have a mentor for their entire time at the school of business. A business woman or man who is actually managing their business God’s way
  • Every student will be involved in an internship in a business managed God’s way.
  • Every class will be practical and have an adjunct professor attached to it who is actually applying what God says about operating a business. For example, if you are enrolled in an accounting class, how would you like to have Tracy Schmidt, the former CFO of FedEx, as your adjunct professor?

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Starting A Business

Dear Friends,

A couple of things to share with you today: An update on my wife’s fight with cancer and the first in a series of insights that will help those starting a business.

First, we met with Bev’s radiologist to try to solve the debilitating side effects she was experiencing from the radiation treatments for her bone cancer. Thankfully, the doctor recommended suspending the treatments.

Here’s what we are praying for her: that the hormonal treatments would put the estrogen dominate cancer in remission. Bev continues to be overwhelmed with the kind prayers for her full recovery. We know that the Lord, “Will never leave us nor forsake us” (Hebrews 13:5).  And we have total confidence that He is able to bring her back to full health.

The Compass Business God’s Way small group study is close to completion. In each of the six chapters, we have a brief section for those who are or who want to start a business. Here’s the start-up section from Chapter 1:

What do you have in common with Sam Walton, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates? Plenty, if you’re starting a new business. Your business may not grow to the size of a Walmart, Apple, or Microsoft, but every business is begun by an entrepreneur who has a vision. The French word entreprendre is the root word for entrepreneur and it means “one who takes a risk.” Let’s face it; it’s risky and takes courage to start a business from scratch. A friend is fond of saying, “I learned a lot about business through trial and terror!”

Every new business also starts small; many on a dining room table or in a garage. I’ve been involved in two business and two ministry start-ups and it’s Continue reading Starting A Business

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Dear Friends,

I just finished leading my 61st small group financial study. I am always the one that benefits the most from these groups, and this one was very special.

It was a pilot group for the Compass Business God’s Way small group study, and the makeup of the group was unique: Dads who owned the business and sons who worked in the business and were being groomed as successors. They had a lot in common with one another and the discussions were robust and very transparent. You got the sense they knew the group was a safe place to share what was really going on in their lives—the good, the bad and the ugly.

Business God’s Way is an 8-week study and in the last chapter one of the items we address is when you are going through a crisis, how to you handle it God’s way. It was so interesting to see a common thread. Everyone of the dad’s had experienced success in Continue reading Betrayal