God's Goodness in Investment Banking - John Van Sloten

February 06, 2011

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message we will be searching for God’s goodness, grace and truth in an Investment Banker… (really!).

Definition: “In general, investment bankers help clients with capital: issuing stocks and bonds; trading securities; identifying and negotiating corporate mergers and acquisitions (M&A); and assisting with myriad other financial advisory services. They're like the circulatory system in a body, facilitating the flow of capital and other assets to entities that need it most and will put it to best use.” John Terrill, Comment/Cardus article, February 26th 2010

"You've observed how godless rulers throw their weight around, how quickly a little power goes to their heads. It's not going to be that way with you. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant. Whoever wants to be first among you must be your slave. That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not be served…” Jesus in Matthew 20:27-28

“[Investment banks are] a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money." Rolling Stone, Inside the Great American Bubble Machine

"Consider what international banks have done through global capital markets to help China and India develop. It is phenomenal: Hundreds of millions of people have been taken out of dollar-a-day poverty. To me that is a social good and in part is the result of financial markets."
Lord Brian Griffiths, Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs

“He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
Jesus in Matthew 5:45

"Admittedly, the market can be a negative force, not because it is so by nature, but because a certain ideology can make it so. It must be remembered that the market does not exist in the pure state. It is shaped by the cultural configurations which define it and give it direction."
Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate


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May 25, 2014
I know you said this quite some time ago but in light of recent swindles; LIBOR rate fixing, HSBC laundering drug money, mortgage fraud, etc. you must feel pretty silly now. God is kind of like an investment banker, his name has been used to ripoff humanity for hundreds of years :-). The Catholic Church is probably still the richest organization on the planet and caused humanity a lot of grief getting there.
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