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A Christmas do-over

A Christmas do-over

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Faith & Inspiration | Jamie, a precocious 7-year-old with curly auburn hair, steel blue eyes, and a slight lisp when she talks, was walking backward through her house. Her dad…

Boorish behavior and careless words

Boorish behavior and careless words

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Culture | Ramsey jumps up and yells, “Oh come on! It’s a hold!” as he gyrates obnoxiously before a big-screen TV during a football game. His buddies stare…

Self-made terror

Self-made terror

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Business | At midnight my friends and I heard a screech, a growl, a roar! Terrified, no one moved or spoke. No one knew exactly what was making all the noise, but it was…

Why banks see pastors as bad credit risks

Why banks see pastors as bad credit risks

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Money | “Never loan money to poets, painters, and pastors.” the banker told me. He called it the “Three 'P' Rule.” The first two on the list I understood, but…

Would people call you generous?

Would people call you generous?

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Faith & Inspiration | It was a beautiful fall afternoon. We were on the deck, looking at the mountains and the sunset forming in the western sky. James is a committed Christian,

Misunderstanding servant leadership

Misunderstanding servant leadership

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Business | Adam Grant’s new book, Give and Take , makes the case that servant leaders are more highly regarded by their employees, feel better about themselves, and…

Confused about leadership

Confused about leadership

By Bill Newton
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Faith & Inspiration | Young men aged 18-22 lined up to get their first military haircut, sweating from the Annapolis heat and humidity. They wore starched, white, pajama-looking…

Masking integrity in business

Masking integrity in business

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Business | Jesus’ most scalding indictments were directed at those He called “hypocrites!” In Greek theater, a hypocrite is a masked actor who plays a part where…

Saying ‘thank you’ to someone who’s gone

Saying ‘thank you’ to someone who’s gone

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Faith & Inspiration | I needed to be in Washington, D.C., by 10:15 a.m. to make the interment ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. My flight left in plenty of time from just…

Put aside money to guard your integrity

Put aside money to guard your integrity

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Finance | Integrity was the subject for the day. The professor, a WWII vet, spoke with authority, as 17 midshipmen listened in a small classroom. The Vietnam War was…

Do you own technology, or does it own you?

Do you own technology, or does it own you?

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Technology | “Wow!” the instructor exulted to her 8-year-old trainee. The student’s big brown eyes flashed with excitement. She was 4 feet 3 inches tall, her gymnast…

A former blue chip stock you might want to avoid

A former blue chip stock you might want to avoid

By Bill Newton
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Economy | I once invested in a stock that was head and shoulders better than all its competition. It was clearly the best. The company’s foundational tenets were not…

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