Category Archives: Ethics

Of note. Oct. 3, 2017

Highs and Lows Observed We learn and teach that you should never give up, and that if you fail, pull yourself up and try again. In my life that axiom came up hard against…plumbing.  After trying to fix a leak … Continue reading

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Brett Walls’ Magnificent Journey against Locked In Syndrome and United Health Care Paralysis

CHICAGO — Two blocks east of Chicago’s posh Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue, in the shadow of the spectacular John Hancock skyscraper, sits the world’s leading hospital and research enterprise in physical medicine and rehabilitation, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. … Continue reading

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Vision Problems: 6 causes of World Vision’s PR debacle

World Vision, the giant international Christian relief and development organization, made two announcements last week. I was shocked and disappointed by both. The nature of my alarm was somewhat different than what I’m reading among my friends who share my … Continue reading

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Trust Me

Trust has been in decline for many years.  I wrote about the decline in public trust in 2010, and just now on the NPOutlook Blog.  With charities trying to recover–like so many others–from the economic carnage of the last five years, … Continue reading

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7 disciplines of highly effective charities

I have spent all of my career working for or with nonprofit organizations, primarily Christian groups. I’ve made a recent job move, to work with a management consultancy called The Valcort Grop, which specializes in diagnosing organizational health and providing solutions … Continue reading

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Who do you trust? The steep decline in public confidence

I saw an article yesterday about the decline in confidence in the church and organized religion, which Gallup polled at 48 percent in 2010, down 4 percent from last year. That’s disappointing, but it places the church high on the … Continue reading

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Weekend Reading: How to keep helping Haiti; humanity of poetry; a book on Harry Dent; interview with Charity:Water’s Scott Harrison; the Email Weapon

1. Cholera Still Killing in Haiti:  More than 700 people have died as a result of the cholera outbreak in Haiti, where the living conditions in the tent cities constructed after the January earthquake have left people vulnerable to the … Continue reading

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A leading Christian ethicist gives us big reasons to care for creation

“Prior to the emergence of the modern environmental movement in the 1960s,” writes Mercer University professor and Christian ethicist David Gushee, “Western Christianity had lost touch with the resources for a creation care ethic that were present within the Bible … Continue reading

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Study: Bible reading makes a difference

The Center for Bible Engagement (CBE) has completed a study that shows that Bible reading makes a difference. The bottom line is that reading or listening to the Bible four or more times per week leads to positive moral choices. … Continue reading

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What’s happened to good customer service? What’s your story?

We rarely use our home phone, enjoying instead the portability of cell phone lines. We do like having a landline, for faxes and better voice quality, however, so we’ve been looking for a cheap but reliable alternative to AT&T or … Continue reading

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