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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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This site, IsbellOnline.org, 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.

For more on this, 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. 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.

Tim Isbell

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  • Smart donation strategy for retirees Do you know that people above age 70.5 can directly transfer up to $100,000 from a traditional, tax-deferred retirement account to charity every year, have it count ...
    Posted Oct 5, 2016, 7:04 PM by Tim Isbell
  • Abortion - the Alternate Kingdom view This post is for the many conservative Christians who vote primarily, or wholly, on the issue of abortion. I am a retired, ordained pastor in a Christian tradition slightly right ...
    Posted Sep 30, 2016, 5:36 AM by Tim Isbell
  • Fascinations with God I'm fascinated with who God is and what he does in our world, so I'm building a list. I'm learning to plant one item from the list ...
    Posted Sep 25, 2016, 8:24 PM by Tim Isbell
  • Found something good in the dumpster While dumpster diving through the 2016 presidential campaign, I found something valuable. It wasn't what I was looking for, but if we have the courage to deal with it ...
    Posted Sep 15, 2016, 5:42 PM by Tim Isbell
  • 10 Most Important Financial Decisions Here's some wisdom from Jonathan Clements, an excellent financial author I started following this year. Here's a link to a recent MarketWatch article, and here's a link ...
    Posted Sep 2, 2016, 9:08 AM by Tim Isbell
  • Is the Clinton Foundation a ripoff? Last week I stumbled into a Facebook stream that I thought was posted by an acquaintance of mine. After posting a reply to somebody's comment, and getting deluged with ...
    Posted Sep 18, 2016, 1:53 PM by Tim Isbell
  • Churches & Politics It's an election season and churches often participate in one way or another in the election process. Some church participation can jeopardize the church's tax-exempt status. The ...
    Posted Aug 12, 2016, 8:53 AM by Tim Isbell
  • Why I don't buy actively managed investments. I ran across this chart in a recent Quartz article. It shows the enormous price an investor pays if they miss just a few days in a 20-year span ...
    Posted Aug 10, 2016, 6:47 AM by Tim Isbell
  • A Primer for people new to American politics I trade many texts with an Asian-American friend regarding investment strategies and Christian spiritual formation. When texting about the impact of the United Kingdom's Brexit vote on investing ...
    Posted Aug 1, 2016, 4:46 PM by Tim Isbell
  • How to bless others Recently, a soon-to-be new mother asked Robin and me to join in a time of blessing and offering of advice to her husband, the soon-to-be new ...
    Posted Jun 28, 2016, 9:23 PM by Tim Isbell
  • 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
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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.