Moving Heaven and Earth!

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It’s a great expression in our culture. “Moving heaven and earth.” An indicator of going the extra mile on behalf of something or someone. For one businessman, it was more than a slogan. Maybe that’s why one source ranks him among the greatest of Christian businessmen of all time for his contribution to the advancement of the Gospel. His name was Robert Gilmore (RG) LeTourneau. A sixth-grade dropout, RG went on to become the leading earth-moving machinery manufacturer of his day. More than 300 patents in his name. Plants on four continents. Changing the world forever through major contributions to heavy equipment innovation and road construction technology. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._G._LeTourneau Working in an… Read more »

Pointing Upward… In Houston!

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There’s an expression in our culture: “Those that can, do. Those that can’t, teach.”  I can remember a university professor (or ten?) that resemble that remark. Not Craig McAndrews. He’s an Executive Professor at the University of Houston, teaching at the C.T. Bauer College of Business. And before teaching, he had been an accomplished business executive. Craig spent 27 years experience in sales leadership, corporate education and C-level responsibility. As a seasoned entrepreneur, he also co-founded and operated a retail consulting firm and a chain of mattress retail stores. Think he may have a thing or two to teach about business?   🙂 In fact, he has more than standard fare about… Read more »

From Cracked to Concrete Foundations!

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Joel Dahl calls himself a Second Chance Employer. He gives many ex-prisoners a second chance at life by employing them in his construction company, Dahled Up. Joel knows firsthand how hard it can be for ex-prisoners to get a job. As a former prison inmate, he has been there. So he knows such past mistakes have a way of haunting the present and dimming the future. Joel told The Oregonian/OregonLive that he had “struggled with drugs and alcohol and served time in prison for attempted second-degree assault,” Thankfully, he’s been “clean and sober for seven years.”   https://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2018/08/lawsuit_oregon_construction_wo.html Joel’s life did a 180 after he embraced Christianity. So when he started… Read more »

Speak At Your Own Risk?

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Today’s “Profile in Courage” is not about a business leader, but a leader majoring in business at one of America’s most liberal universities. Student senator Isabella Chow, at University of California-Berkleley. Isabella is a Christian. And she experienced intense hostility after abstaining from a vote condemning a recent Trump administration proposal. The proposal would adopt a biological definition of sex for the purposes of Title IX non-discrimination or government-assistance regulations. The proposed definition reflects scientific fact. But the Queer Alliance Resource Center (QARC) at UC-Berkeley called on the student Senate to pass a resolution concemning it, claiming it would… “… rob transgender, non-binary, and otherwise gender non-conforming students of their right… Read more »

Safe Space Innovation? Or Revolution?

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News reports in recent years have been filled with images of university students (and outside agitators) shouting down conservative speakers and ransacking campus buildings. Creating “safe spaces” where students don’t have to hear ideas with which they take exception. All in the quest to silence what “the powers-that-be” consider offensive speech. Hmm… Which powers? Maybe that’s why this news item caught my eye. About one university that recently created a different brand of Safe Space for students and local business professionals. Hoping it will spread from the university to the marketplace. On November 9, 2018. Taylor University hosted the Transformation: Truth at Work Conference as a satellite location. This collaboration seems… Read more »

The Power of A Compelling Witness

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When you’re carrying the weight of the world, you never know who’s watching. You might be changing their life. You recall Jack Phillips, the cake artist in Colorado? Masterpiece Cakeshop owner, who politely declined to design a custom wedding cake celebrating a same-sex marriage? Jack’s life since that fateful day has been no cake walk. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission sought to force Jack to comply or to leave the wedding business altogether. Jack stood firm… losing nearly 40% of his business and over half of his staff. Jack’s six-year legal battle was accompanied by hate mail, nasty phone calls, and death threats. At times, rendering his place-of-business unsafe. In… Read more »

2018’s Hottest T-Shirt Contest?

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The Kentucky Supreme Court could rule on this case any day. Does anyone care? Hands On Originals, founded in 1985, is a t-shirt printing company in Lexington, Kentucky. Blaine Adamson, a key designer, became owner/partner in 2008. The company was bleeding red, over $500,000 in debt. Blaine cried out to God one sleepless December night. He’d done everything he could. Tried every marketing strategy he knew. Without God’s help, the company would fold. On January 1, they were hit with orders. Had one of their best years ever. Business continued to boom. It was like God had turned on His faucet. In December 2011, Blaine paid off all of the company’s… Read more »

Color Me… What???

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Lawsuits take many years to reach the U.S. Supreme Court. Few are even considered by the highest court in the land. Most parties who prevail in such lawsuits are able to finally breathe a sigh of relief. Or so you would think. Not Jack Phillips. As owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, he had declined to use his artistry to create a cake celebrating a same-sex wedding. The Colorado Civil Rights Commission attempted to force him to do so. After six long years of litigation, in a 7-2 ruling on June 4, 2018, the Supreme Court overturned the Commission’s ruling against Phillips. Concluding it was neither tolerant nor respectful of Phillips’ religious… Read more »

When Destiny Comes Into Laser Focus

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Normally, I write about Christian business owners called to impact the marketplace for Christ. Today, I feel compelled to write about a leader in government service… … who discovered God’s palpable Presence — and his own God-given destiny — at a time that should have ended his life. The son of a Baptist preacher, Bernie Webber struggled with commitment to his faith. His father hoped he might enter the ministry at some point. God had other plans. Bernie joined the U.S. Coast Guard. A quiet, humble man known for his integrity. All that changed on February 18, 1952. He was still a quiet, humble man. He was still a man… Read more »

Expecting Victory in Every Valley!

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Earlier this month, Father Shenan Boquet posted an opinion piece in Life Site News online. It is one Christians observation of growing darkness in our culture. And his stirring exhortation that Christian’s develop and exercise authentic Kingdom Power. Consider these excerpts (full article available at https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/st.-michael-the-archangel-pray-for-us): “… every day Christians are being confronted with ever more extreme moral innovations in the face of which silence or reasonable “dialogue” no longer seems an option… I am far from the only one to note that our culture’s rejection of the old moral consensus is rapidly escalating, and that to even politely resist the new status quo is to make oneself a target of… Read more »