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God Loves Your WorkDr Larry Peabody's New Book

"Why did I write the book and create the website? Perhaps Chris Armstrong, Professor of Church History at Wheaton College, best sums up my reason: “After a lot of searching, I have reluctantly concluded that American Christians of my generation have largely given up on finding any spiritual meaning in our work.” (from Chapter 12, Work: Theological Foundations and Practical Implications, edited by R. Keith Loftin & Trey Dimsdale).

My book, God Loves Your Work, helps believers find that meaning. It lays a biblical foundation of truth about our daily work without using theological jargon. And—in this era when many are rethinking the whole idea of working—the book offers at least seven Kingdom-of-God-related reasons for getting up and going to work.

While writing the book, I kept four groups in view: students about to enter the work world, newcomers to that world, seasoned employees, and those not paid for their work."

Visit also his website at larrypeabody.com to learn more about this book, read his blog and find other Theology of Work resources.

From now till April 24, 2022, you can purchase  a kindle  version of "God Loves Your Work" for $2.99, a discount of 70 percent, through Amazon.com.  A hardcover &  paperback versions are also available.

 

 


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We live in a phygital world—where we engage in both physical, in-person dialog as well as the digital realm of communication. Physical + Digital = Phygital. There is tremendous opportunity in this equation, but it can also be a recipe for fatigue. What a fitting time to engage in discussions about Theology of Work: great opportunity for living out our calling to work, but paired with the possibility of fatigue and disappointment if our theology is anemic.

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Rev. Dr. Carl Greene serves as the Executive Director of the Seventh Day Baptist General Conference of USA and Canada. The SDB General Conference of USA and Canada consists of evangelical Baptists who hold to keeping the seventh day Sabbath of the Bible as sacred time. From their first church in America, founded in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1671, until today, Seventh Day Baptists have been a Christ-centered, Bible believing people with traditional family values. Carl studied Theology of Work with Dr. Larry Peabody at Bakke Graduate University, and earned his PhD at Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL.
 
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Decision Maker (Slides) v. 1
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Joy at Work Audiobook

This is the audiobook version of Joy at Work by Dennis Bakke, narrated by Dennis Bakke, 9 hours 28 minutes.

To download one track at a time, click on the link provided.  This will take you to a folder in mediafire with all 57 tracks.  Click on each title to download.

To download the whole folder, click on the green button with the down arrow at the right top of the page in mediafire.

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Joy at Work: A Revolutionary Approach To Fun on the Job
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Imagine a company where people love coming to work and are highly productive on a daily basis. Imagine a company whose top executives, in a quest to create the most "fun" workplace ever, obliterate labor-management divisions and push decision-making responsibility down to the plant floor. Could such a company compete in today's bottom-line corporate world? Could it even turn a profit? Well, imagine no more.

In Joy at Work, Dennis W. Bakke tells the true story of this extraordinary company--and how, as its co-founder and longtime CEO, he challenged the business establishment with revolutionary ideas that could remake America's organizations. It is the story of AES, whose business model and operating ethos -"let's have fun"-were conceived during a 90-minute car ride from Annapolis, Maryland, to Washington, D.C. In the next two decades, it became a worldwide energy giant with 40,000 employees in 31 countries and revenues of $8.6 billion. It's a remarkable tale told by a remarkable man: Bakke, a farm boy who was shaped by his religious faith, his years at Harvard Business School, and his experience working for the Federal Energy Administration. He rejects workplace drudgery as a noxious remnant of the Industrial Revolution. He believes work should be fun, and at AES he set out to prove it could be. Bakke sought not the empty "fun" of the Friday beer blast but the joy of a workplace where every person, from custodian to CEO, has the power to use his or her God-given talents free of needless corporate bureaucracy.

In Joy at Work, Bakke tells how he helped create a company where every decision made at the top was lamented as a lost chance to delegate responsibility--and where all employees were encouraged to take the "game-winning shot," even when it wasn't a slam-dunk. Perhaps Bakke's most radical stand was his struggle to break the stranglehold of "creating shareholder value" on the corporate mind-set and replace it with more timeless values: integrity, fairness, social responsibility, and a sense of fun.

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The Decision Maker
The Decision Maker by Dennis Bakke
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Who makes the important decisions in your organization? Strategy, product development, budgeting, compensation—such key decisions typically are made by company leaders. That’s what bosses are for, right? But maybe the boss isn’t the best person to make the call.
That’s the conclusion Dennis Bakke came to, and he used it to build AES into a Fortune 200 global power company with 27,000 people in 27 countries. He used it again to create Imagine Schools, the largest non-profit charter-school network in the U.S.
As a student at Harvard Business School, Bakke made hundreds of decisions using the case-study method. He realized two things: decision-making is the best way to develop people; and that shouldn't stop at business school. So Bakke spread decision-making throughout his organizations, fully engaging people at all levels. Today, Bakke has given thousands of people the freedom and responsibility to make decisions that matter.
In The Decision Maker, a leadership fable loosely based on Bakke's experience, the New York Times bestselling author shows us how giving decisions to the people closest to the action can transform any organization.
The idea is simple.
The results are powerful.
When leaders put real control into the hands of their people, they tap incalculable potential. The Decision Maker, destined to be a business classic, holds the key to unlocking the potential of every person in your organization.

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