Numbers for Life and Work

Some people love numbers, working with them, playing with them, and thinking about them. Other people do not. In my leadership roles I have found that many people do not even have a basic understanding of how to use numbers in their work. Concepts like types of numbers, percentages, slopes and trends are foreign to… Read More Numbers for Life and Work

Useful Quotations on the Meaning of Life

Pithy Prose for Politicians, Preachers, Professors, Pundits, and Public Speakers. Contemplation is the highest form of activity. Aristotle. If you’re feeling helpless, help someone. Aung San Suu Kyi. “What is a fear of living? It’s being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness.… Read More Useful Quotations on the Meaning of Life

Be Thou My Vision – Having Our Sight on God

One of my favorite hymns is the Irish “Be thou my vision”, its words are attributed to Dallan Forgaill in the 6th century and its tune an Irish folk song, “Slane”.   The theme is that God alone should be the vision and goal of every Christian, just as He was for Paul in Philippians 3:7-14.… Read More Be Thou My Vision – Having Our Sight on God

When a Christian Ends His Own Life

My wife called me at work several weeks ago; the morning was good but the news was not. Our daughter had been perusing her friends’ posts on Facebook and saw some from one family that were unclear but disturbing. We called them, close personal friends for over 15 years, and learned that their oldest son… Read More When a Christian Ends His Own Life

Some Differences in Life between the Ancient and Modern Worlds

Those who study antiquity would do well to consider life in earlier times compared to life in the West in the 21st century. The technological differences are staggering but other differences, including population and world view, are equally daunting. In a time without cell phones, computers, telephones, automobiles, refrigerators, and all of the beeps, buzzes… Read More Some Differences in Life between the Ancient and Modern Worlds

Paul’s Life – Background and Chronology

Paul, possibly the most famous of the apostles of Jesus Christ, was a scion of Jews of the Diaspora.  Until the Babylonian exile beginning in 605-586 BC, Israelites of the tribe of Judah were concentrated in Southern Palestine.  Afterwards, they were scattered all over the ancient Near East, with large communities thriving in Alexandria and… Read More Paul’s Life – Background and Chronology

Daily Life in First Century Israel and the Roman Empire

One of the difficulties in understanding the Bible as a 21st century American Christian is the vast chasm of language, culture, and geography that separates us from people of the Bible times.  Even considering only first century Palestine, the differences are enormous.  Nonetheless, the better we understand them, the better we will understand Him, and… Read More Daily Life in First Century Israel and the Roman Empire