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Exploring Biblical Parallels to the Lean – the Leading Management System

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Nearly everyone in the corporate world has heard of Lean, which comes from the Toyota Production System, and which dramatically accelerated the performance of Toyota and countless other companies. Due to its impact, Lean has spread from automobiles to aircraft to nearly every industry. But it is not so well known and even less practiced in nonprofits and NGOs, let alone churches. In our article What Christian Leaders can Learn from Lean, Professor Don Pope of Abilene Christian University and I identify and explore seven similarities between the principles of Lean and Christianity. These similarities reveal that Lean has discovered some fundamental truths about growth that are already familiar to believers. Because of this, Christian Leaders should not consider Lean something foreign or only relevant for business, but can readily accept and apply Lean in their work (whether a business, ministry or church). Furthermore, we argue that Lean reminds Christian leaders of these biblical principles for spiritual growth that they may have forgotten or neglected.

I hope and pray:

  1. You will find this insightful analysis to be another evidence of the manifold wisdom of God gifted to us in the Bible.
  2. It will also encourage you and others to embark on a Lean transformation journey in your work.
  3. You will renew your walk with God by strengthening the Christian parallels in your life

I’ll be glad to hear your feedback.



Nativity Scenes: A Live Performance, London Catholic Studies Lecture

Monday 10 December 2018

Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies and The University of Notre Dame host:


Nativity Scenes: A Live Performance


The Catholic Studies London Christmas Lecture


Stefano Cracolici (Durham University) traces the history of the nativity scene as a seasonal display in art, cinema and popular culture. His lecture will also focus on its performative re-enactments as ‘living nativity scenes’ (tableaux vivants), in which real humans and animals interact. The presentation will also discuss two little-known admirable paintings by Franz von Rohden at Ushaw College, in which living contemporary characters are featured.


6.30pm at the University of Notre Dame (USA) in England, 1-4 Suffolk Street, London, SW1Y 4HG


More details and registration

G.K Chesterton London Lecture

Dear friends and colleagues,
The University of Notre Dame London Global Gateway warmly welcomes you to an upcoming G.K. Chesterton lecture at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14. The talk will finish at 7:30 p.m. and will be followed immediately by a reception. The event will take place at the University of Notre Dame’s Fischer Hall (1-4 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG).
G.K. Chesterton spent part of the fall term in 1930 at Notre Dame’s home campus in South Bend, Indiana, during which time he gave 36 lectures in the Washington Hall auditorium with an average attendance of 500 people at each. (We should hope to have as many at Melanie McDonagh’s lecture!) At that time, Chesterton also received an honorary degree from the University of Notre Dame.
In the wake of the resurgent interest in his literary work, and because of his connections to Notre Dame, the London Global Gateway wishes to open an ongoing public dialogue about G.K. Chesterton, his work, and contributions to christianity, beginning with this lecture, presented by journalist Melanie McDonagh, entitled G.K Chesterton: Polemicist…and Theologian.
Learn more about this lecture, and register your interest hereWe’d be delighted if you could join us. Please don’t hesitate to pass this invitation along to anyone whom you think might be interested. 

Creation is the only explanation as regards to Medicine and Biology

I’ve recently read an article entitled: “Here’s why Stephen Hawking says there is no God”* the author denied to publish my humble opinion as an academic Christian physician and I’m honored to submit it to you:

“The fool has said in his heart, “[There is] no God” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good” (Psa 14 : 1).
Even if we accept that “something”or as Hawking has written “great many universes”  may appear out of “nothing” which has not been proved “scientifically” yet, a sane physician can never accept that this wonderful amazing cell, which is one out of more than 35 billions in every human body, came out of nothing! A sane physician can never accept that this unbelievable harmony among those billions of cells differentiated into numerous body organs and systems came out of chance! It’s as similar to accept that a computer came all of a sudden out of nothing, yet any cell of our 35 billions cells and more is much more complex than the latest generation of our computers.
A christian physician “believes” that these living miracles of interacting cells, tissues, organs and systems called creatures whether animals or humans can only be reasoned through creation made by the Logos (the Son) in the Holy Spirit for the glory of Father. Again, a christian physician sees the cross in this lovely creation and when he/she asks agnostics or atheists why the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body and vice versa, some may honestly reply that there’s no known reason for that. For them there’s no reason but for the believers there’s always a reason, as when one sees the neural decussation for the pyramidal tract or the optic pathway, an image of the holy cross of the creator came to mind as a finger print of the divine love represented in the miracle of creation. For a Christian researcher and solely from a scientific point of view, there’s no possible explanation to justify these wonders represented in all fields of medicine as anatomy, histology, biochemistry … etc other than creation.
Thus, the heart and mind of the believers will remain scientifically uncorruptable by the false claims of the corrupt scientists denying the Lord their Savior. “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him” (Col 1 : 16) “And even as they did not like to retain God in [their] knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting” (Rom 1 : 28).       Dr. Mina Thabet Kelleni is an Assistant Professor at Faculty of Medicine, Minia University, Egypt; Coptic Orthodox researcher and the chairman of the council of Arakhna (elders) and Wise. Previous C.A.N. contribution: The amazing cell The pyramidal decussation The optic chiasm

Christian University in North Korea

In the world’s most reclusive country, North Korea, three years ago a Christian University started and its first set of students will graduate in May 2014. BBC Panorama broadcast a documentary this week on this very University, Pyonyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a University funded by Christian charitable organisations in the west.

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