All posts tagged: Henri Nouwen

Sean McDowell

‘Off the Cuff’ with Sean McDowell

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CALIFORNIA ― Dr. Sean McDowell is an Assistant Professor in the Christian Apologetics program at Biola University. He’s a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, and in particular, young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. Traveling throughout the United States and abroad, Sean speaks at camps, churches, schools, universities, and conferences. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Stephanie, and the couple has three children. He chatted with JournoNews. My secret pleasure is … Chocolate peanut butter ice cream My first job was … Resident Assistant in college My most annoying habits are … biting my nails A clear childhood memory is … going to the Final Four championship with my dad What makes me nervous is … turbulence on a plane The best advice my parents gave me was … to stay faithful to my wife and love my kids If I weren’t a Professor and Youth Worker, I’d be a … sportscaster I’m most thankful for … my family My favorite meal is …

Small business – tips on weathering the storm

I’m reading Henri J M Nouwen’s, The Inner Voice of Love, his personal journal during a time of deep anguish to freedom. It’s a book about spiritual imperatives.  I wondered whether these could be mirrored in business imperatives.  So this is a journey I am going to pursue. Small business is under pressure and it is challenging to maintain a smile, hope, creativity and new ideas.  But small business is critical to our country’s blooming. Some estimates indicate that the total economic output of SMEs makes up about half of South Africa’s GDP and that SMEs provide employment to about 60% of South Africa’s labour force. In an SME (small to medium enterprise), there is usually a handful of people who come up with the idea, produce the item, take it to market, handle complaints, do the books, manage the admin, remember to tweet, capture news on Facebook, update the website, and make coffee.  When competition, rejection, regulation are just the breeze of any day, that’s a lot to manage without falling over. As an …