Month: January 2015

Review of “Why Philanthropy Matters” in Cardus Magazine

I can imagine Zoltan J. Acs waking up one recent morning to read the news that Harvard has embarked on a history making capital campaign to raise $6.5 billion by 2018 with almost half of that being targeted for university based research and development. “The Harvard campaign is critical to the university’s ability to fund important priorities going forward, but it is also an opportunity to redefin ...[Read More]

David Brooks at The Gathering: “How To Be Religious In The Public Square”

We’ve just witnessed the most heroic thing you will see this weekend because the biggest challenge in Mike’s life is leaving a podium. Wow. His fingerprints are actually – the nails – are still dug in here. I had forgotten about that purpose-driven, the Rick Warren column. Actually, having spent a couple days, few hours with you. I’m going to do not a purpose-driven life, but the chauffeured-drive ...[Read More]

Review of Dan Pallotta’s “Wise Counsel” in Comment Magazine

My father told me years ago that understanding the base of a person’s logic makes a difference. For instance, if someone believes that two plus two equals five, then it is perfectly logical for them to believe that two plus three equals six. It’s not their logic that is wrong, but their starting point. I might say the same about Dan Pallotta’s book,Charity Case. The author’ ...[Read More]

Opening Talk – The Gathering 2014

He sat down, paused before he spoke and then said, “It’s too much for me to give thanks. I cannot be thankful for this.  I will never be thankful for this.” He and his wife had lost their son and someone with the best of intentions had quoted Paul’s instructions to the church in Thessalonika, “Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who ...[Read More]

Opening Talk – The Gathering 2008

When my father died last year right before the conference I was named the executor of the estate.  Like many executors before me, I had read some articles, browsed through a book and made a file on what my responsibilities were.  Frankly, I didn’t pay much attention because the day was always going to be a little further away.  So, even though I had a file and some basics in mind none of that prep ...[Read More]

Dad’s Memorial Service – Sept. 7, 2007

Friday, September 7, 2007 Northwest Bible Church – Dallas, Texas   Psalm 112  Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands.  His children will be honored everywhere; for good men’s children have a special heritage..  Wealth and riches are in his house, and his good deeds will never be forgotten.  When darkness overtakes him, light will come bursting in. ...[Read More]