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‘Let no one who is not eager for truth and peace enter here’ (Plato)

Articles on this site express varying points of view, to encourage mature thinking on serious issues. The assumption is that you will want to study a controversial topic from various angles before you arrive at a conclusion, rather than simply believe what someone told you when you were impressionable! (So some stuff here is ‘hot’. Proceed at your own risk!). See the Statement of Faith for John Mark Ministries' theological stance.

Ethical Culture in Corporations

Business values need to be consistent with society’s ethical expectations. The current buzzword in the financial services sector is “culture”. From bank executives proclaiming employee (mis)conduct that is inconsistent with their company’s culture, to regulators seeking to operationalise culture into a legislative standard and, most recently, David Murray, who led the Financial System Inquiry, invoking […]

Commonwealth Bank Insurance Scandal

Two articles suggesting why bank financial advisors are best avoided if you want honest advice… http://www.theage.com.au/business/banking-and-finance/comminsure-life-insurance-has-lost-its-noble-purpose-20160315-gnjr6d.html http://www.smh.com.au/money/motley-fool-dont-buy-what-your-planner-is-selling-20160314-gnixms.html

Walking And Talking With God – Growing On!

14. Growing on Now it’s time to make these words your own. Ev’ry time I feel the spirit, Movin’ in my heart, I will pray. (traditional) For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also […]

Howard Smith

Howard Smith is a physician trained in New Zealand. After research fellowships in New Zealand, USA and Scotland, he worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry for 20 years, first as a research scientist in the UK, and more recently as Medical Director of the Australian subsidiary of an overseas multinational company. He is now in practice […]

Walking And Talking With God – Revelation

6. New Testament Walkers and Talkers vii. Revelation Thinking It is an awesome task to comment on the book of Revelation, and I sense that it is not my role here other than very briefly and superficially. Together with the book of Daniel, this must be the purest example of hearing God’s voice – and […]

Business Praise 52. Personal – The Journey

I never started out as a business person, Lord. You know my story; you guided it. University, clinical medicine, overseas fellowships, Basic and clinical research, And now, member of a senior business team. My colleagues learned their business skills early and have appropriate qualifications. And now, they’ve shared with me their skills. Many are evidenced […]

Business Praise 31. Growth – Manufacturing

We’re very proud of our factory people. They are the life blood of our business. And have won many awards for high standards of quality. Customer service, environmental friendliness, Self-managed work teams, quality of product. Safety, the list goes on. What is the product in your business, Lord? And where is it made? “You are […]

Business Praise 42. Finance – Profit

We need to make a profit every year with 15% growth. The system requires it. It impacts on share value, dividends, priorities for investment, And in the long run, on the security of our jobs. Your word speaks about profit. “All hard work leads to profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” [1] “The […]

Business Praise 32. Growth – Priorities

I seem to have a conflict of priorities. I can’t be in two places at the same time. Both appear to demand my presence With cries of “lack of support” from their sponsors. This doesn’t seem to be your problem, Lord. Your divine omnipresence solves that easily, But your humanity understands my position. How do […]

Business Praise 43. Finance – Tax

It’s tax time. Income tax, corporate tax, sales tax, FBT, GST, etc. And the more subtle points, Concessions, rebates, credits, minimisation. And the rorts – evasion, etc. Money – going out! The price to be paid for being part of society. Lord, this is an area where a businessman can be tempted. Help me to […]