Externalities and Internalities

A Christian look at unintended ways that our lives affect others, and what to do. The Cat House Café at the Memphis Zoo sits beside the gibbon exhibit, where Ringo and Talulah entertain guests with their funny faces and their acrobatics. When we eat there, my family and I get a table as close as… Read More Externalities and Internalities

Using 2X2 Tables to Choose Between Two Alternatives

There are hundreds of ways to evaluate programs and other initiatives. Many are subjective and do not provide hard, actionable data. Others are objective but so complicated that data analysts and statistics specialists are required to use them. 2X2 tables are easy to learn and use and very effective at producing understandable yet quantifiable results… Read More Using 2X2 Tables to Choose Between Two Alternatives

ACES Framework of Organizational Development

A useful organizational developmental framework derived from military sources and adapted to business needs.  From being the Commander of a small US Army clinic in Schweinfurt, Germany, to being the Chief Medical Officer for all of military medicine in the National Capital Region at the JTF Cap Med, I have led organizations. To train my… Read More ACES Framework of Organizational Development

Values-Aligned Investing

Investments should make money, but they should also reflect a person’s values. Money invested in a country or company helps them accomplish their mission, and their mission may not the same as yours. Investors should be aware of the moral underpinnings and ambitions of companies, countries, and individuals in which they may invest or with… Read More Values-Aligned Investing

Useful Quotations on Money, Poverty and Wealth

Pithy Prose for Politicians, Preachers, Professors, Pundits, and Public Speakers. Mark 10:29 – Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, 30 – but that he shall receive… Read More Useful Quotations on Money, Poverty and Wealth

The Year in Business, Educational and Financial History

7 Jan – The first commercial bank in the United States, the Bank of North America, opened for business (1782). 16 Jan – The Pope appointed the Medici family as the official bankers of the Papacy (1412). 8 Feb – The NASDAQ, originally the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations, started business (1971). 23… Read More The Year in Business, Educational and Financial History

Christians and Payday Lending

I recently attended a conference in which there was a debate on payday lending, a hot button issue. One side argues that payday lending violates Biblical restrictions on rates of interest and oppresses the poor. The other side contends that payday lending provides small, short term albeit expensive loans that provide financial flexibility for people… Read More Christians and Payday Lending

The Long Shadow – How to Follow a Superstar

A Tennessee democrat who was firmly committed to the Union, Andrew Johnson had a distinguished career as congressman, senator and governor of his state. Hoping to send a message of reconciliation to the rebellious South, Lincoln chose Johnson as his vice president in 1864. Johnson’s debut on the national stage went poorly, with a rambling… Read More The Long Shadow – How to Follow a Superstar