Looking ahead to 2018

Time to look ahead to the trends which will shape the New Year and beyond. Between now and 2020 these trends will change our lives. The price of 3D printing will drop and cottage industries will become a new trend. It may not be the Star Trek replicator, but we will start producing a surprising amount at home. In medicine, we will see a real and effective "universal" flu vaccine go to trials and soon replace the barely effective strain based vaccine. Gene Editing will emerge sometime between 2018 and 2020. Quiet trials have produced intriguing results. Someone will use it to eliminate a genetic disease and someone else will experiment in using it in pigs to produce donor organs for people. The GMO crowd will go into full freak out mode. We will start an ethical debate about the lines of designer people. Why not turn off the aging gene? Why not make us smarter and not just healthier? The Read more

Christmas Matters–A 2011 reprise

In today’s world, we often forget why Christmas matters. I believe that by secular standards, He is one of the ten most influential people to ever live (many would argue the first, but I am not looking for an argument). His teaching completely revamped human culture. His movement has grown century after century. His devotees have had as great an impact for good in the history of the world as anyone ever born. Consider the state of the world before Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth. The world was a very dark place where violence and the dark side of power were revered. The voices of people who advocated living by the better side of our nature never quite gained traction. After him, there was a philosophical, societal framework for a Kingdom based upon love, mutual respect, and justice which could spread across cultures and unite people of all kinds of heritages. Before Jesus there would be Read more

Education in the First State not First Rate?

In 2014, only 2 states that spent in the top 10 in education were below average in NEAP results. Guess what one of them was? The problem is not the teachers. Look at the priorities of our DOE. Quoting the USA Today. High education spending often pays off, at least as measured by standardized tests. Based on a recent Education Week report, four of the top spending states were among the top five states in K-12 achievement. Among the states spending the least per pupil, only Florida earned a higher grade than the U.S. overall on the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP). However, pouring money into school systems by no means guarantees success. Students in Delaware and Alaska, two of the top spenders, had below-average NAEP scores. Questions, what is the justification for not consolidating back office functions of the school districts by county such as accounting, Read more

It is okay to be a man

Christmas gift for men:

It is okay to be comfortable with your masculinity. Join me in saying, I am a man and happy to be one. That takes nothing away from women or anyone else who should be comfortable with themselves. Contrary to popular culture, I say the world needs strong, confident men and boys. We need to mentor boys into being men. We need to value manhood, fatherhood and masculinity. This is not exclusive, but we need to be part of inclusion.

Fathers are invaluable. Mothers are irreplaceable. The world is better for men being here. The world is better for women being here. There is no contradiction in those statements. It is the intent of our Creator.