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Thanks for visiting this site. It's my home on the internet and my personal filing cabinet where I store resources I use all the time, and which I make available for free to anyone with access to the internet.  

I launched the website in 2010 and began filling it with resource useful to Christian pastors, teachers, leaders, and individuals regarding matters of faith. In 2013, I began building the Personal Finance section, designed to help people manage their money through all stages of life. 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. You can receive notifications of additions to this site by subscribing to my email or RSS feeds.

For a quick overview of this site, browse the Navigation bar in the left panel. You can collapse, or expand (at least to 2 sub-levels). In some cases, there are more levels.

The most frequently visited and most current links also appear on the horizontal navigation bar across the top of each page.

Another way to find things on this site is to type keyword(s) into the Search box in the upper right corner of any page. This also searches attachments and linked Google Docs.

You can freely use any materials on this site (including attachments). Copy them for yourself or your organization. Please do not sell them. When you distribute them unchanged, please leave my name attached. When you change one of them to fit your application, it becomes your own, so please remove my name. If you think my contribution is significant to your finished product, you can give me an annotation of some sort - but this is not required. When you use my preaching or teaching materials, you do not need to credit me. Finally, if you own a website, feel free to point to pages on my sites.

This site,, also offers a portal to some of my time. I'm available to serve Christian churches and non-profits through preaching, teaching and consulting. I also make time for individual spiritual inquiries. And, I also occasionally do online premarriage counseling, especially for couples who live too far apart for personal counseling from one of their pastors.

For more, follow the link to What Tim Offers.

A snippet about Tim

In May 2010, I retired from 18 years as senior pastor of New Life Nazarene Church, Cupertino, CA. Robin and I continue as members and regular attendees at New Life. If you are in the area, please come worship with us. Most Sundays we hang around to chat.

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. 

Before the vocational ministry years, I spent 22 years in engineering and business management. During that time we were active in local churches in 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.

Thanks for visiting!
Tim Isbell

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  • Notes & comment on Tim Keller's "Unstoppable Church" talk Timothy Keller is on my shortest "short list" of Christian thinkers, writers, and speakers. So when I heard he was coming to speak in Mountain View I immediately bought tickets ...
    Posted Sep 27, 2018, 7:16 AM by Tim Isbell
  • Yogi Berra on Investing Two of my hobbies are baseball and investing. So when Vanguard published an investment article based on seven Yogi-isms I was quick to read it. That intrigued me enough ...
    Posted Aug 11, 2018, 8:14 AM by Tim Isbell
  • Is your Power of Attorney up-to-date? Some folks came to me recently asking for advice about retirement funding. While working with them I realized that if they ever set up a Power of Attorney, it was ...
    Posted Jul 2, 2018, 3:54 PM by Tim Isbell
  • Revisiting Beyond Conversion 1 I posted Beyond Conversion 1 last September. Since then I've used it in a few conversations and, as seems common in my experience, those discussions sent me back to ...
    Posted Jun 4, 2018, 8:08 AM by Tim Isbell
  • Political Dealing - The Crisis of Evangelicalism I've long wanted to address the topic of authentic Christian life as its currently expressed in America's political and economic reality. But it seemed "above my pay grade ...
    Posted May 6, 2018, 6:03 PM by Tim Isbell
  • Revisiting C.S. Lewis' "The Weight of Glory" After reading C.S. Lewis' “The Weight of Glory” essay several times, I decided to make my underlinings and annotations more accessible on a webpage. Midway through the writing process ...
    Posted Apr 2, 2018, 8:44 AM by Tim Isbell
  • What about those who've never heard? People ask, "What about those who've never heard of Jesus? It doesn't seem fair that God would send them to hell!" It's a good question that keeps ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2018, 7:44 PM by Tim Isbell
  • Tax tips for students (and ex students with loans) I coach a few students and young adults in career planning, college decisions, and the financial dimensions that come along with their season of life. There are two federal tax ...
    Posted Feb 15, 2018, 4:31 AM by Tim Isbell
  • God's characteristics - the short list The Bible helps us understand God, and how to relate to him. But it’s a monumental task to distill the Bible’s 66 chapters into a concise list of ...
    Posted Feb 10, 2018, 5:07 PM by Tim Isbell
  • My 3 favorite Martin Luther King quotes In honor of Martin Luther King Day (January 15), here are my three favorite MLK quotes. 1) "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice ...
    Posted Jan 13, 2018, 9:01 AM by Tim Isbell
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