Andrew Kern Apr 9, 2020

I can't resist posting something I recently found in a stock promotion. Having touted the urgent need to buy this particular stock, like right now, like super fast, because, dude, time is of the essence, like, it then included this:

But you need to act fast.

[Begin JUNE 25 VERSION]

Starting June 25, this stock is set to take off like a rocket.

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Starting September 8, this stock is set to take off like a rocket.

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Andrew Kern Apr 8, 2020

It's common in strategy discussions to do a SWOT analysis. I figure it gives us the feeling that we have covered all our bases so we feel like we have more control over events and circumstances. 

And indeed a leader needs to be in control of whatever he can justly be in control of. After all, he's going to be held accountable (either by his superiors or by reality or by those who report to him) for how he responds to what happens. 

SWOT stands for 

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Andrew Kern Apr 7, 2020

I said yesterday that today I would address the matter of discordance. And now I have. But like anybody anywhere, I can't always do what I intend on a given day.

I used to think that leaders had more control of their time than non-leaders. 

What an uninformed thought. 

I want everybody to attend every meeting they need to attend. Then I attended a meeting that lasted through another one and well beyond it. 

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Brian Phillips Apr 7, 2020

In John 20, Mary Magdalene goes to Jesus’ tomb twice. The first time, she goes to anoint the body of Jesus (Mark 16:1), only to find the stone rolled back. Assuming that the enemies of Jesus had moved the body as one last insult, Mary ran to find the disciples, bringing Peter and John back with her.

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Andrew Kern Apr 6, 2020

This morning an article was posted on the website, Axios, pointing out that CEO's from across the nation are meeting with the White House and "in private conversations and pleas to President Trump, are warning of economic catastrophe if American doesn't begin planning for a phased return to work as soon as May."

One line in particular drove home the dilemma of the article to me: 

"Several are debating going public with this concern, but fear the optics and timing look discordant."

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Brian Phillips Apr 3, 2020

On Sunday, the Church celebrates Palm Sunday, the commemoration of Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, and the beginning of Holy Week – the final days of Christ on earth before His crucifixion. The event is recorded in all four Gospels – Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-10, Luke 19:29-38, and John 12:12-15 – and the event shares connections and echoes with several other passages as well.

Here is the Triumphal Entry as recorded in Matthew’s Gospel:

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Joshua Gibbs Apr 2, 2020

There are two kinds of classical schools. There are classical schools which claim a classical education is about the cultivation of virtue, and there are classical schools which claim a classical education is about teaching students how to think, not what to think. The latter kind tend to present classical education primarily through the work of Dorothy Sayers and describe classical methodology in terms of developmental psychology and cognitive theory.

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Devin O'Donnell Apr 1, 2020

Like it or not, a kind of Lent has greeted everyone this season, albeit in the forms of forced social-distancing and the compulsory self-denial of certain goods or activities. (Blessed are they who have trampolines?) For Christians who don’t observe the historic church practice, consider it a forced Lent. For those who do observe Lent, the recent weeks of sheltering at home serve only to extend or intensify the great fast.

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Joshua Gibbs Mar 31, 2020

Since the beginning of the pandemic, “tone deaf” has emerged as the hot new go-to complaint. Granted, “tone deaf” isn’t entirely new. We’ve met before. For the last several years, “tone deaf” was the shy clever girl who only stepped off the sidelines to hit the dance floor when she really liked the song the DJ was playing— but now, “tone deaf” is everywhere and fabulous. So move aside, “sexist.” Sorry, “homophobic.” Deal with it, “toxic.” It’s time for “tone deaf” to shine.

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Lindsey Brigham Knott Mar 31, 2020

Among the greatest gifts of words is their power to transfigure our experience, to lift the veil upon the beams of glory that pulse within our tawdry-seeming tasks. When our eyes are swathed in weariness, in hopelessness, in the sheer blankness borne of repetition, a word fitly spoken can cut through all this and set our gaze again upon the blaze in the burning bush of the day-to-day. 

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