Friday Five for January 13

Employees arriving late for work is nothing new. But perhaps the list of excuses is getting more exotic. At Mindsharp, we don’t clock in and out, so the vast majority of our employees can’t be late or early. Our emphasis is on results, not time spent doing a job.

Small business lending is up 18%. No joke. Looks like bankruptcy filings are also down, which is a good sign. But unemployment claims are up for this week, indicating that mixed news will continue to be the norm for a long time.

Want to be a CEO? You might want to reconsider. I can honestly say that even in a small company, I identify with some of what this article articulates. And while we’re on the CEO topic, note this article that says CEO’s don’t use their time wisely. Again, I can attest to this – I’d rather spend my time on long-term focused activities that produce new products and markets for us, but I often get pulled into day-to-day efforts. That mostly because I’ve not empowered my management team – not their fault. So I’m working on this very concept now.

The age of the earth and religious beliefs about creation vs. evolution continues to be a non-factor for me. The reason it’s a non-factor is because Evangelicals (of which I am one) continue to mis-interpret the Scriptures. Almost universally, Evangelicals automatically assume that time started at Genesis 1:1. I disagree. One could easily argue that God created time either in vs. 4 or in vs. 14. Here is the passage:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. 6 And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day. 9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day. 14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

It seems to me that a simple reading of the Genesis account would indicate that time as we know it was created on the 4th day, not the first day and certainly not in vs 1. Now, bring in the notion that eternity past and future has no time, which is why the Bible says that in heaven (which is outside of time), a “day is as a thousand years and a thousand years is as a day”. Hmmm………

We’re not told how much time passes between Genesis 1.2 – 1.3. All we’re told is that matter existed and if you read on, you’ll learn that the laws of physics weren’t in play yet, meaning that water didn’t flow downhill and “sky” didn’t exist. But also, in terms of how we measure time today, that period could have easily equated to millions (billions?) of years, because before time began, we had eternity past. I continue to believe that the argument that the earth is no more than 6,000 – 10,000 years old by Evangelicals is narrow-minded, just like those who don’t see intelligent design in our system to be equally narrow-minded. It seems to me that God did create all that we have and that us Evangelicals do ourselves a huge disservice by not correctly interpreting this key passage of Scripture.

Lastly, given that most Boomers have little to retire on (reference here, here and here), it’s not surprising that we’re seeing an increase in those over 55 working longer. This continues to support my assertion that retirement is swiftly becoming a thing of the past. People will want (need?) to work well into their 70’s, health permitting.

Bill English, CEO


2 thoughts on “Friday Five for January 13”

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  2. I am of a similar opinion on the age of the earth. I find Meredith Klines framework interpretation interesting ( but I haven’t made up my mind.

    As far as the beginning of temporarily as well as speciality in Genesis 1, I as well have always thought of creation happening in an already temporal existence. However, Augustine has written some good stuff defending the truth that both were created together. Again, a conviction in flux.

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