Tribute: Chick-fil-A Founder S. Truett Cathy Passes into Glory Today at 93
Left impressive legacy of godly business stewardship
As evidenced by the life and business legacy of Chick-fil-A Founder S. Truett Cathy, doing business God’s way—according to biblical principles—works.
Following several weeks of failing health, billionaire Cathy, 93, died peacefully of natural causes this morning at his surburban Atlanta home surrounded by his family. A public funeral is scheduled for Wednesday at Jonesboro First Baptist in Jonesboro, Georgia—where he was a member and had taught Sunday School for 50 years.
Born in 1921 in rural Eatonton, Georgia, Cathy attended high school in Atlanta and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. His rags-to-riches story as a devoutly Christian business entrepreneur gives strong witness to the biblical truths that hard work and faithful stewardship with the small things entrusted to us by God lead to ever-increasing responsibility and leadership in our respective spheres of influence.Read more
Faith Driven Consumer themes run deep in Jeff Shinabarger’s latest book
As the dog days of summer wind down and Americans prepare to hit the ground running following the Labor Day holiday, the September 1st release of Jeff Shinabarger’s second book, Yes or No: How Your Everyday Decisions Will Forever Shape Your Life, is particularly timely for Faith Driven Consumers seeking to be good stewards of the time, talent and treasure entrusted to us by God.
Whether we realize it or not, we all make 5,000 choices daily. While most are mundane, some are significant and impact the legacy we leave behind as followers of Christ who one day hope to hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Focusing on the power of choice, YES OR NO offers a practical and proven process for making good choices that will resonate deeply with Faith Driven Consumers.Read more
ALS Association supports Embryonic Stem Cell Research
What’s not to like about the latest craze sweeping the nation?
As it turns out, more than meets the eye if you’re a Faith Driven Consumer committed to the pro-life cause.
Known as the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” this wildly successful campaign to raise awareness and funds to combat Lou Gehrig’s Disease through the ALS Association has gone viral on Facebook and other social media platforms—garnering massive levels of national media attention as celebrities and regular folks alike continue to take the plunge.Read more
Will the decision backfire with Faith Driven Consumers who spend $1.75 trillion annually?
As the battle for same-sex marriage moves state-by-state across the nation, gay rights activists received a boost yesterday when Minneapolis-based Target publicly stated its support for redefining the institution by signing onto a court brief in a pending case involving marriage in Wisconsin and Indiana.
While corporate support for the gay, bisexual and transgender political and social agenda has played an influential role in shifting the culture away from the traditional and biblical understanding of natural marriage, Target had previously resisted pressure from pro-gay advocates to embrace same-sex marriage in its home state of Minnesota during a failed 2012 referendum campaign to define marriage in the state constitution as the union of one man and one woman. Following this defeat by voters for natural marriage, gay marriage became legal in Minnesota through the legislative process in 2013.Read more
Godly stewardship at the heart of what the company stands for
An interesting and recent piece appearing in the Small Business Advisor section of Yahoo.com highlights the “Christian way” Chick-fil-A hires for its franchise operator positions.
According to its mission statement, Chick-fil-A seeks to “glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us” and to “have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.”Read more
Fresh off their landmark religious freedom victory before the Supreme Court over the Obamacare mandate forcing some faith-driven employers to violate their consciences by providing contraceptives that likely induce abortion, the family that owns Hobby Lobby is moving forward with plans to build a Bible museum near the national mall in Washington, DC.
The yet-to-be-named museum – scheduled to open in 2017 – will welcome people of all faiths and feature historic Bibles, Torahs and ancient Judeo-Christian manuscripts collected by the Green family in recent years.Read more
Whole Foods resists pressure to drop organic food maker
As the Supreme Court’s Burwell v. Hobby Lobby decision reverberates through various – and sometimes competing – values-driven consumer groups in the United States, the latest cultural flashpoint centers on Michigan-based, faith-driven Eden Foods, North America’s oldest and largest natural and organic food maker.
Solely owned by devoutly Catholic owner and CEO Michael Potter, Eden Foods specializes in macrobiotic products, whole grains and local produce. Its products are widely carried by specialty food co-ops and retailers nationwide, including Whole Foods.Read more
Will it also welcome Faith Driven Consumers?
This week Burger King unveiled its "Proud Whopper" to celebrate its homosexual, bisexual and transgender customers and make the statement that “we are all the same inside.” According to USA Today, all proceeds from sale of the “Proud Whopper” will be donated to the Burger King McLamore Foundation for scholarships benefiting LGBT high school seniors graduating in spring 2015.
Fernando Machado, senior vice president of global brand management, said this targeted application of the company’s new “Be Your Way” slogan “showcases who we are as a brand…It shows how we, as a brand, believe in self-expression.”Read more
Millions worldwide tune in to hear Chris Stone discuss biblical stewardship
Recently, Faith Driven Consumer Founder, Chris Stone, appeared on the well-known show, “Hour of Power,” with host Bobby Schuller to discuss biblical stewardship and the Faith Driven Consumer movement.
In this seven-minute segment taped at Shepherd’s Grove Church in Garden Grove, California, and airing on June 15th, Stone agreed with Schuller that “every dollar we spend is a vote for the kind of world we want to live in.”
In the world of scripted television reality shows, maintaining viewership from one season to the next can be a challenge. After peaking at nearly 12 million viewers during its fourth season premiere last September – the most-watched nonfiction telecast in cable history – A&E’s hit series Duck Dynasty dipped to 6 million viewers for the finale of its fifth season this spring.
While 6 million viewers is still impressive – and Duck Dynasty remains an enviable hit by cable standards, ranking #2 behind The Walking Dead – the jury is out on whether the decline was due to the controversy surrounding A&E’s suspension of star Phil Robertson for expressing his biblical views or if the show was simply growing stale with less-than-stellar writing.Read more