Archive for August, 2011

Budget Shortfalls

Posted on August 10, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Most households struggle to make ends meet, especially those growing families with educational bills and mortgages to pay beyond routine living expenses. It is too easy to let credit card balances grow and find oneself being sucked into the quicksand of interest payments and growing indebtedness.

Educational institutions, churches, denominational entities and other organizations face the same dilemma, especially those dependent on the voluntary gifts of their constituency. The stagnant economy has had ripple effects across every segment of business. Income is down, expenses are up, margins have narrowed and discretionary income is limited.

The private university where I serve on the board waits expectantly for donor gifts to emerge each month in order to meet its salary obligations. Churches …

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Something Better than Answered Prayer

Posted on August 5, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

I doubt if there is anyone who has not struggled with the issue of unanswered prayer. We know all the promises about God hearing and answering our petitions, how He honors the prayer of faith in Jesus name and so forth. But often, in spite of our prayers, a sick child is not healed, financial setbacks are not reversed, a strained marriage relationship is not restored and clear guidance through an uncertain future is not provided.

Where is God in all this? Why doesn’t He hear and respond? Are we not praying in accord with God’s will? Is it because we don’t have a strong enough faith to believe? Paul gives an interesting insight into prayer in Philippians 4:6-7. Verse …

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A Financial Travesty

Posted on August 3, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Our national government has apparently avoided the catastrophe of financial default, but no one is happy. Seldom have we seen such a shameful lack of statesmanship in dealing with a self-imposed problem. Actually, there was no immediate satisfactory solution to a debt crisis that has been building, even beyond recently imposed aberrant policies.

For generations the public has been led to expect unlimited entitlements. It was alarming to hear the rationale for bailing out banks and financial institutions last year–”because we have an economy based on credit.” I’m not an economist nor an accountant, but any sane person knows one cannot spend beyond one’s income without eventually encountering disastrous consequences.

Anyone in leadership of a big institution or major organization …

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Summer Reminiscing

Posted on August 1, 2011 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

House guests are gone, no more travel for a couple of weeks, and the hot summer days have resulted in some reminiscing as we sit on the porch watching the sunset. Most of our friends are aware that we bought my family home place where I grew up in Clinton, Mississippi. The property had been out of the family for 25 years when we bought it at a bargain several years ago, razed the dilapidated original house and designed our retirement home.

There is a lot of nostalgia in the neighborhood. I delivered newspapers as a boy so I can identify who lived in each house as we walk in the cool of the mornings. I think Bobbye is tiring …

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