In the Parable of the Lost Sheep, Jesus suggests it is common sense for a shepherd to search for a sheep he has lost. This logic presupposes the shepherd knows how many sheep he has at all times.
How many times a day would you need to count your sheep to know whether one was missing?Read More
While I’m standing in the scattered, messy recovery from hurricane Ida’s damage, no other topic is suitable for a blog post.
I’ve lived in hurricane alley all of my life so dealing with the aftermath of natural disaster is just something I grew up with. My childhood memories include hurricanes Betsy and Camille.Read More
One of the best parts of the OCEAN story is that our work launched out of the vision and generosity of a local church. Whenever I tell our founding story, I relish celebrating Crossroads Church, our founding partner, and their entrepreneurial nature.
It all started with a simple act … leaving the doors to the building open.Read More
To cultivate and protect a Christ-centered culture in your company, the Bible teaches that we ought to hire people for roles that correspond with their levels of integrity, diligence, and discretion, “each according to his own ability” (Matt. 25:15). Those who lack these three qualities should not be entrusted with significant influence and responsibility in our companies while those possessing them should be promoted to roles of greater influence and responsibility.Read More
Even though we all deal with craziness when we must, most of the time we easily settle into our current environment, whatever it may be. In their excellent book This Time It’s Different, authors Reinhart and Rogoff explain how we fall into the trap of thinking that our current situation is different from similar situations in the past which means we failed to learn the lessons of history. As Mark Twain said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.”Read More
Having failed to practice “pure and undefiled religion” during the mid-first millennium B.C., Israel was forced into Babylonian captivity. During the invasion, the glorious temple built by Solomon was destroyed. By practicing social injustice and idolatry, they were found unfaithful with the Promised Land and the temple God had given to them. Their unfaithful stewardship of what God had entrusted to them temporarily prevented them from participating in God’s blessings.Read More
This may be a rhetorical question at this point. If you are a believer, you are probably thinking that your faith is all that can get you through business these days. If that is you, you may be right.
Small business owners all know that the myth that people imagine about business owners is just that, a myth. That you can make your own hours, follow your gut, and get to do it your way are true, however, business owners also have now experienced that those hours are longer, your gut isn’t always positive, and you ask God daily if your way is the right way.Read More
In the business world, I see how entrepreneurs think very differently about being successful. Some entrepreneurs limit their view of success to personal well-being, happiness, and self-gain. They think in terms of power, competition, and winning. Their primary goal is to maximize profit, and their motto is “the end justifies the means.” Others prioritize the interest of the client and the interest of the other stakeholders. Their primary goal is to improve the well-being of everyone involved, and their motto is “adding value to the client, the society, and the world in an economically profitable way by maximizing the well-being of all stakeholders.” These entrepreneurs, when guided in their decisions by God, are what I call faith driven entrepreneurs.Read More
I am sitting side-by-side with my son, Kenny as I write this article. He is feverishly banging out the keys of a 1,000 word-blog post titled, “How I Earned My First $100: A Middle Grader’s Business Journal.” Kenny will also be creating cool Lego animations as well to see if more kids grab onto his message. As of now, he’s toying with the idea of calling it Kidnamics. By the way, Kenny is an 11-year-old, 5th-grader.
How can YOU, as a parent, fuel and guide the entrepreneurial spirit in your kids as well, helping them to honor the Lord in their work? Here are five Bible-based entrepreneurship principles you can impart to your children in creative, fun ways.Read More
Fundamentally, SEO is about optimizing your website content so that search engines like Google show your content at the top of search queries. If you do this well enough for your priority pages, you begin to increase your organic reach over time.
For small businesses, this means more (unpaid) eyes on your content and chances to convert valuable customers.
For example, one of our industrial clients has received 23% more organic traffic YTD than in 2020, and over 56% more organic conversions after implementing SEO into their marketing strategy.Read More