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I launched it in 2010 to resource Christian pastors, teachers, leaders, and individuals regarding matters of faith. I broadened it in 2013 to add a Personal Finance section, designed to help people living in the U.S. manage their money. Also in 2013, I started the IMHO (In My Humble Opinion) section as a place to post wide-ranging items, primarily social and political content. To keep up with additions to this site, just subscribe to my email or RSS feed.

I also have a second site: Math Coaching. It describes our work helping limited-resource middle and high schoolers in West San Jose (CA).

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A snippet about Tim

In May 2010, I retired from 18 years as senior pastor of New Life Nazarene Church, Cupertino, CA. It is a church full of wonderful people. When I retired, there were three different language congregations - English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. A Spanish language congregation started worshipping there in January 2013. Robin and I continue as members and regular attendees at New Life. If you are in the area and drop by, please look us up.

Before that, I spent 22 years in engineering and business management while actively involved in local churches wherever we lived: Ohio, New York, and (mostly) California. My secular career was in integrated circuit development at (mostly) National Semiconductor, and as Vice President of Operations through the startup years of Cadence Design Systems, an electronic design automation company.

As surprising as it seems, the same woman who married me in 1967 remains as my partner. Along the way, we raised two kids and now enjoy three grandkids.

For more, go to Tim's Bio.

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  • Are you a stock or a bond? Our financial capital is the total of our saved assets, beyond the value of the home where we intend to reside in retirement.Human capital is the present value of ...
    Posted May 8, 2016, 8:52 AM by Tim Isbell
  • The Invitation A few weeks ago I visited Ohio on family business and attended a Sunday worship. I quickly realized that Heather Kimura's message would head toward an invitation to follow ...
    Posted Apr 27, 2016, 9:44 AM by Tim Isbell
  • Try "Pondering Prayer" I meet individually with a few men who are working their way through Timothy Keller's book: Prayer - Experiencing Awe and Intimacy of God. Recently, two of us met for ...
    Posted Mar 29, 2016, 8:49 AM by Tim Isbell
  • "Why Mission?", a new book by Dean Flemming Dr. Dean Flemming is a long-term friend, professor, and author. I serve as one of his editor/reviewers, so he recently sent me a complimentary copy of his new ...
    Posted Feb 20, 2016, 8:04 AM by Tim Isbell
  • Two Keys to a lasting Relationship It's been a long time since I added a new resource to my Advice for Couples web page, but I added one today. It came from a young woman ...
    Posted Jan 28, 2016, 9:19 AM by Tim Isbell
  • Measuring your portolio's results Many people buy and sell investments based on articles they read, advice from a professional, and their theories. They try to time their buys and sells. They have anecdotes of ...
    Posted Jan 12, 2016, 10:24 AM by Tim Isbell
  • Prayer Resources for Ending Terror On December 13, a few weeks after the Paris and San Bernardino terrorist attacks, we held a prayer service at New Life Nazarene Church (Cupertino, CA). It was a small ...
    Posted Jan 4, 2016, 1:01 PM by Tim Isbell
  • Do the math One of Robin and my joys in retirement is helping under-resourced middle and high school students get better in math. Each year we have 5-10 students who we ...
    Posted Dec 13, 2015, 9:59 AM by Tim Isbell
  • Prayer - for mercy and an end to terror #prayforparis, #prayforsyriaAfter the Paris terrorist attacks, Robin and I decided to gather people for an hour of Christian prayer. When we brought it up with our Pastor Chris Hoch ...
    Posted Dec 8, 2015, 8:47 AM by Tim Isbell
  • New, original Advent Reading just posted! The first Sunday of Advent is upon us, but if you still have time to consider a new Advent Reading series, check out Advent Readings! I just posted "Symbols of ...
    Posted Nov 26, 2015, 10:53 PM by Tim Isbell
  • Immigrants & Refugees - the Christian Perspective In the ramp-up to the 2016 presidential election, immigration policy enlivens candidate debates, threads through political news stories, and even animates some of our interpersonal discussions. Unfortunately, the terrorist ...
    Posted Nov 18, 2015, 6:54 AM by Tim Isbell
  • Advent Readings For months, I saved a Dietrich Bonhoeffer quote for this post on Advent. It's from one of his letters, written during World War II, from his German prison cell ...
    Posted Nov 8, 2015, 8:36 AM by Tim Isbell
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The photo at the top of this Home page

Every few weeks I change the picture at the top of this Home Page. Sometimes it's one I took with my smartphone. Other times it's from a friend, who is usually a much better photographer than I am. 

I (Tim) took the current one on one of my frequent walks around Saratoga Village, where we live.