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San Francisco Bay from under the Golden Gate Bridge, taken by Dorcas Hoi. For more info, see below-right.

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  • It is my home on the web. I launched it in 2010 to resource Christian pastors, teachers, leaders, and individuals regarding in matters of faith. In February 2013, I broadened it by adding a Personal Finance section, designed to help people living in the U.S. manage their money. In April 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 website: Math Coaching. It helps limited-resource middle and high school students who live in west San Jose (CA).
  • And I have some social media outposts where I interact with people and selectively repost material from my websites. My favorite is Google+, but I also use FaceBook. Occasionally I post on the No Labels Google+ or (less frequently) their Facebook page. No Labels is a political organization that encourages our elected officials to stop fighting and start cooperating.

To get a quick overview of this site, browse the Navigation bar (left panel). Notice that you can collapse, or expand (at least to 2 sub-levels). In some cases there are more levels, which are linked to pages in those first two levels.

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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's spiritual inquiry.

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 3 different language congregations - English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. A Spanish language congregation joined in January 2013. Robin and I continue as members and regular attenders at New Life. If you are in the area and drop by, please look me up.

Prior to 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 amazing as it seems, the same woman who married me in 1967 remains as my partner.  Along the way we raised 2 kids and now enjoy 3 grandkids.  

For more, go to Tim's Bio.

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Tim Isbell


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  • Resolving Conflicts Last Sunday our pastor preached an intriguing sermon on Matthew 18.15-17. As often happens, God shows Pastor Jeff things in a passage that God never showed me - despite ...
    Posted Sep 10, 2014, 10:00 AM by Tim Isbell
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  • Sermons to finish Year A This post completes the conversion of all 3 years of lectionary sermons to Google Docs.In the fall of 2010 I started posting sermons for Year A, attaching sermon notes ...
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    Posted Jun 24, 2014, 10:12 AM by Tim Isbell
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  • Video Hangouts for Beginners A few weeks ago I needed to help a 7-person nominating committee hold a video conference using a Google+ Video Hangout. The people were geographically spread around northern California ...
    Posted Apr 16, 2014, 12:34 PM by Tim Isbell
  • Sermons for Palm Sunday through Pentecost The Easter season the most significant time in the entire Christian calendar. It begins on Palm Sunday and continues through Pentecost Sunday. This post contains a link to 18 sermons ...
    Posted Mar 30, 2014, 9:18 PM by Tim Isbell
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The photo at the top of this Home page

I try to brighten up the pages with some pictures. Every few weeks I change the one at the top of this Home Page. When I see something of local interest that looks like I can crop to fit this odd aspect ratio I take out my smartphone and shoot the picture. 

A few months ago I was sitting in worship and I noticed a background photo behind a song that looked like it would fit in the top slot on this page. So I asked the gal running the projector who took it and it turns out she was the photographer. And Dorcas gave me permisison to use it... so here it is. Dorcas just graduated from high school and is heading off to college!