Author: Roy Goble

Roy Goble grew up working in his father’s junkyard, where he learned to take apart absolutely anything and to evaluate everything for the value of its parts. After studying economics and business at Westmont College, and marrying his high school sweetheart, D’Aun, he joined his family’s growing real estate business. As the business flourished, he experienced the complexity of creating wealth while following Jesus. He began to wrestle with what he knew about business and what Jesus was calling him to be and do, beginning a decades-long quest for a way to understand his place in God’s kingdom and in a global society.

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Day Three: Value Community

Today we’ll see why it’s so essential to “value community.”

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Scrabble tiles that spell out the words "listen more"

Day Two: Shut Up and Listen

Today we’re going to discover the importance of learning to “shut up and listen.” Now I know that sounds like something shouted in the midst of an argument, but believe me, it’s good advice!

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A bumper sticker reading "Curb your ego"

Day One: Viciously Attack Ego

It’s tough to lead well if our egos are influencing our decisions, and we often hurt others.

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Do the Right Thing

*This post is part of De Pree Center’s Finding Our Bearings in a Crashing Economy series.  Roy Goble is a business owner, author, philanthropist,…

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Marketplace Leaders Are Judged by Their Authenticity

When I was sixteen, my friends assumed I was good at fixing cars. It seemed reasonable. I’d been around cars for most of my life. But what my friends failed to consider was that in the wrecking yard, the valued skill wasn’t fixing cars but dismantling them. Fixing was what our customers did. So I could rip parts out of a car pretty well . . . and then I could stare at the pile of parts and wonder how to put everything back together.

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Two kids looking out towards a marina.

Marketplace Leaders Are Judged by Their Actions

When I was in elementary school, my mom arrived to pick me up in a silver Rolls Royce. Every kid ogled the long, elegant swoop of fender, flaring slightly above the back wheel. The impossibly long hood. The flying-lady hood ornament. Giving one last look to those still waiting in the carpool line, I opened the heavy, perfectly machined door and entered the spacious back seat. There was just one catch: Our wrecking-yard Rolls, thanks to Dad, was running on a wrecking-yard Chevrolet engine.

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A group of friends laughing.

Marketplace Leaders Are Judged by Their Friends

Leaders are constantly tempted to focus on people higher up the food chain. Courting the influential and powerful seems like the best decision, since they are the ones who can provide the greatest benefit in return. Life’s funny, though, and it’s often the characters on the margins who end up changing our story the most. Growing up in the junkyard I knew a lot of . . . let’s call them “interesting” characters. So I can sorta understand Rahab, a resident of Jericho we read about in Joshua 2 and 6.

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A valley between high mountains.

Marketplace Leaders Are Judged by Their Goals

It’s common in the business world to hear about aiming high. Usually that’s just another way of saying we should keep moving ahead, setting goals for ourselves and then meeting those goals. However, rarely does aiming high involve a significant risk. Instead, it tends to be incremental. It’s like looking at the top of a staircase and saying you’re “aiming high”—then getting there one step at a time. But here’s a story from scripture that puts “aim high” in a new light.

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A wrestling match

Following Jesus as a Wealth Creator: Wrestling with Wealth

I want to tell you a story that illustrates the complexity of following Jesus as westerners. As you’ll see, it doesn’t have a neat and tidy moral, which is exactly the point.

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A neighborhood that extends indefinitely as seen from afar

Following Jesus as a Wealth Creator: Making Ourselves Need God More

Today we’re going to look more closely at a temptation I mentioned last week: that if we want to get involved or contribute more, all too often it takes the form of flying to a faraway place, “making an impact” for a week, and then flying home.

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A compass and a map.

Following Jesus as a Wealth Creator: How Can Investing In Our Local Church Connect Us To God (And The World)?

I’ll be transparent about an embarrassing reality: wise planning and my desire for comfort can sometimes crowd God out of my life. I suspect the same is true for you at times. It’s probably true for everybody who works as a wealth creator in the marketplace.

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A hand clutching the chest over the heart.

Following Jesus as a Wealth Creator: What Happens When We Don’t Need God Anymore?

A Note from Mark Roberts: In the course of my leadership of the De Pree Center, I’ve literally met hundreds of fascinating people, mainly…

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