Greg Baumer, Coauthor of God and Money, on Asking “How Much Should I Keep”

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Episode 19

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Greg Baumer, a graduate of Harvard business school, has had a successful career as Chief Growth Officer of a healthcare startup called naviHealth. In his early career, he focused on the high life, going to expensive dinners and vacations with his wife, Alison. However, a class at Harvard called God and Money flipped upside-down his view of money. Always a faithful tither, his question changed from “How much do I need to give” to “How much do I need to keep?”. He is co-author of the book God and Money, along with previous podcast guest John Cortines. He has a deep wealth of experience on financial finish lines and speaks around the country on the finish line concept and generosity. Listen now to hear his story!

Quotes to Remember

  • “We were dutifully paying our 10% tithe, but there was no worship in it. It was not a way for us to interact with God, it was more like the cost of admission we paid God every week so that we could spend the other 90%.”
  • “Everything that we have truly belongs to God.”
  • “It is so helpful to have done the work in advance around the finish line concept, because then when the money comes, it is relatively straightforward to allocate it across the categories of giving, spending, and saving.”
  • “Generosity is not a choice that we make one time, but rather a choice that we make daily in gratitude to Christ for his generosity towards us.”
  • “The wrestling with the Holy Spirit, with your spouse, in the counsel of other wise Christians, is in fact the point.”

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