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May 11, 2012

President Ryken to Keynote Business Ethics Conference June 1-2

Wheaton College President Dr. Philip Ryken is one of several distinguished speakers who will present keynote addresses at an upcoming business ethics conference.

“The 9th Commandment and Business: You Shall Not Lie,” co-hosted by the Westminster Theological Seminary and the Center for Business Ethics Today, LLC, will take place June 1 and 2 at the Union League in Philadelphia.

Conference sessions will pair theologians with business leaders to discuss how an understanding of the 9th commandment leads to ethical business practices.

Dr. Ryken is the author of Written in Stone: The 10 Commandments and Today’s Moral Crisis (Crossway). Before assuming the presidency of Wheaton College in 2010, Dr. Ryken was Senior Minister of Philadelphia’s historic Tenth Presbyterian Church.

He will speak on the topic “God’s World as Envisioned in the 9th Commandment.”

“Each of the 10 Commandments reflects the character of God,” Dr. Ryken says. “What kind of God is it that would tell you not to bear false witness? A God of the truth, a God who is a true God, a God who speaks the truth to us, and desires us to speak the truth to others.”

Dr. Ryken says the commandment not to lie has critical implications for businesspeople.

“By promoting truth-telling, the 9th Commandment is a key principle for the ethical practice of business,” he says. “Shady deals and fraudulent transactions always involve lies somewhere along the line.”

Dr. Ryken says the conference, now in its third year, provides a unique opportunity for learning and fellowship.

“What is distinctive about this conference is the dynamic interaction between top business leaders, trained theologians, and influential pastors—a combination I experience nowhere else,” he says.

Additional speakers include Dr. Wayne Grudem, Research Professor at Phoenix Seminary; Barry Asmus, Senior Economist at the National Center for Policy Analysis; and Jim Seneff, Executive Chairman and Director, CNL Financial Group, Chairman of the Board and Director, CNL Lifestyle Properties, Inc., Chairman and Director, CNL Properties Trust, Inc., and Chairman and Director, Global Growth Trust, Inc.

The conference brochure is available here. For more information, or to register, please visit Additionally, scholarships for students, pastors, and young professionals are available. For additional information about scholarships, e-mail

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