“Ephesians 1:11 says it’s in Christ that we found what we are living for. Jesus gave his live so we could live the glorious plan He has for each of us! So then why would we not think to ask how Jesus how to do business? Kevin Culls did and managed to pack some of those insights into a powerful reminder that long before you and I were born, God planned this moment. He longs for each of us to know why he created us and the plans He has for us, including our businesses! Thank you Kevin for this much needed reminder.” Stephanie Riggs – Award-winning Journalist and TV News Anchor
“I’m not sure how some in the Church have found a way to equate business and profitability to something sinful, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. God is creative, and He has given us the ability to create so that we may prosper. After all, it takes resources to responsibly care for yourself and your family, let alone feed the hungry and clothe the naked. In this book, Kevin Cullis shares what the Bible really says about doing business, making money and making it all work for God’s glory.” Joel Comm, New York Times Best-Selling Author
You have come here because you’re interested in my newest book How Would Jesus Do Business?: Bible Secrets for Startups and Entrepreneurs.
The genesis of this book was not a one, large “AHA” Damascus road type moment or encounter as some might wonder, but a number of “God pings” (insights/discernments/observations) spread over time. Small glimpses into something that was going on, much like driving down a rural road at night and only seeing as far as the headlights will go. It all started with visiting a Church and seeing the church building being used about 50% of the time during Sunday, but used about 10% of the time Monday through Saturday. A waste of resources from a business perspective.
The next “God ping” was meeting former Navy SEAL Jimmy Graham in October 2013 and connecting with him and his personal and corporate security training business. Initially we met for 15-30 minutes of coffee, but that first meeting turned into 2-3 times a month and 2-3 hour discussions about business, Christianity, and the church. These meetings carried us into Jan 2014 and with the discussions, more “God pings” of the dearth of Christian content about how to run a Christian business. Taking on this challenge, I thus began my research into what has happened and to look into some serious Christian and business information at Denver Seminary.
Of primary importance is learning about the parable of the talents. A talent was the largest unit of currency in Jesus’s time, 75 lbs (up to 200 lbs) of gold/silver (Strong’s G5007). A 75 lb talent today is worth $1.44 million ($1200.00 an ounce). The five talents the one slave received would have a total worth of $7.2 million today (Note: 1 denarius = a day’s wage, 5,298 denarius = 1 talent, working 6 days/week would take 16.98 years to reach the value of 1 talent. Reverse it, $1.44M divided by 5,298 = $271 paid for a day’s wage in today’s dollars. See also the talent reference in Matt 18:24; 10,000 talents = $14 Billion at today’s gold price).
Why has the church always discussed the widow’s two copper coins…
Mar 12:42 A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent.
…but has never discussed the largest currency of the day, the talent? If Jesus discusses this amount to the disciples, should not the Christian church? And how does this very large amount apply toward Christian businesses?
Did you know that a Roman Centurion (who earned nearly the equivalent amount of a talent, or 5,000 denarius, a days wages), named Cornelius was a God fearing man who gave to and was well thought of by the Jews.
Act 10:1-4 Now there was a man at Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian cohort, a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, and gave many alms to the Jewish people and prayed to God continually. About the ninth hour of the day he clearly saw in a vision an angel of God who had just come in and said to him, “Cornelius!” And fixing his gaze on him and being much alarmed, he said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and alms have ascended as a memorial before God.”
Act 10:22 They said, “Cornelius, a centurion, a righteous and God-fearing man well spoken of by the entire nation of the Jews, was divinely directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and hear a message from you.”
If Jesus talks in His parables about this large currency, shouldn’t Christian business owners. Did you also know that about 85% of the 40+ parables Jesus spoke were about business topics? Not just money, as is the most common comment is heard.
That is why I researched (over 296 Biblical citations) the content for this book so as to start the conversation and conversion to enlighten Christian businesses to serve others, to earn as much profit that is ethically and morally possible, so that you can share with others and advance the Kingdom of God.
My intent has never been to reinterpret the Bible, that’s for theologian and pastors, but what I AM doing is finding practical Biblical advice for entrepreneurs. For example, in 1 Cor 12 Paul talks about the spiritual gifts and how we’re to handle the as the Body of Christ. I consider and extract out the THEOLOGICAL principles regarding spiritual gifts and apply them toward PRACTICAL principles for everyone’s talents, skills and experiences.
Download my Table of Contents and the first chapter (HWJDB09 150302 TOC Chap 1), connect with Kevin Cullis via LinkedIn, and then contact me through LinkedIn and let’s talk about this wonderful opportunity that God has provided us with.