Browsing: Frank Marangos

Source: Oinos Educational Consulting HE, SHE . . . OR ME? A LEADER’S GREATEST FOE by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!” Oliver Hardy When a leader is asked who or what gives them the most trouble, how do they usually answer? Where do they place blame when circumstances are challenging? Do they point to market forces or fierce competitors? Or is their anger directed towards the disgruntled employee, parishioner, or board member? The classic catch phrase cited above was first uttered by Oliver Hardy to Stan Laurel in their 1930 film Another Fine…

Source: Oinos Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “Put out into deeper water, and let down the nets for a catch.” ~ Luke 5:4 A massive tapestry entitled The Miraculous Draught of Fish (Luke, 5:3–11; John 21:1–17) woven by Pieter van Aelst from sketches drawn by the famous Renaissance artist Raphael Sanzio prominently hangs in the Vatican Museum (Link). Commissioned by Pope Leo X in 1515, the artwork is part of a series of ten exquisite silk draperies that once lined the lower walls of the Sistine Chapel. According to the biblical account that provides the basis of the famous embroidery, Simon…

Source: Oinos Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “Let justice run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.”  ~ Amos 5:24 Pitcairn is a South Pacific island that was made famous by a group of mutineers that landed on its volcanic shores in the late 18th century. On April 28, 1789, twenty crew members of the British warship HMS Bounty rebelled and set their commander, William Bligh, adrift in a lifeboat. The account has been told many times and glamourized by the 1962 film The Mutiny on the Bounty that chronicles the subsequent life of the maritime fugitives. Debarked on…

Source: Oinos Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “There are 552,830 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in America. Thirty-three percent (33%) are families with children. Forty-eight percent (48%) are unable to work.” ` ~ The National Alliance to End Homelessness (2018) The nineteenth year of the 21st Century marks a number of salient scientific milestones. On Saturday, July 20, the United States will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing. 2019 will also commemorate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo di Vinci’s death, the man responsible for the first scientific studies of flight. The United…

Source: Oinos Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” ~ William Butler Yeats The sole survivor of a storm-battered shipwreck prayed feverishly for rescue from the prison of his uninhabited South Pacific Island. After days of scanning the vacant horizon, the hopeless man eventually built a small driftwood hut for protection from the elements. To make matters worse, one day after scavenging for food, he returned in the evening to find his makeshift shanty in flames.  With smoke rolling up into the, otherwise, cloudless sky, the frustrated…

Source: OINOS Educational Consulting TOWN OR GOWN? (Part 1) By Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “The height of the mountain top is measured by the dismal drudgery of the valley, but it is in the valley that we have to live for the glory of God.” ~ Oswald Chambers America’s theological schools and seminaries are in need of transfiguration. Facing a myriad of significant challenges ranging from financial instability, decreasing enrollment, student debt, and accusations of postmodern irrelevancy, institutions of Christian higher learning are compelled to replace older models of delivery with structures that engage society and support the student of the 21st…

Source: OINOS Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “Some people say Casablanca or Citizen Kane. I say Jason and the Argonauts is the greatest film ever made.” – Tom Hanks On Saturday, February 23rd, a preacher named Mindar gave an historic speech on the Heart Sutra, a key scripture in Buddhist teaching that offers a path to “overcome all fear, destroy all wrong perceptions, and realize perfect nirvana.” The inspiring sermon was delivered in the 400-year-old Kodaiji Temple in the Japanese city of Kyoto. What made the homily so significant was that it was delivered by the voice of the…

Source: OINOS Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.” Theodore Roosevelt The polar vortex is a large upper-level zone of cold air that hovers over the northern artic region of the globe during the winter season. When the polar vortex is pushed further south, this frigid air pocket can occasionally reach portions of the United States. According to AccuWeather’s Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson, “such a vortex is capable of delivering subzero temperatures for several days at a time.” The recent polar vortex of 2019 has created…

Source: Oinos Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP Merry Christmas Click Bells to View Video Bells are used to tell time, sound an alarm, call to worship, toll the passing of loved ones, commemorate historical events, and express joy. By recalling God’s Gift of the Incarnation of His Son, Christmas bells also encourage philanthropic generosity. Bells are only mentioned once in Holy Scripture. Attached to Aaron’s vestments and “heard when he went into the Holy Place before the Lord” (Exodus 28:33-35), the sound of the High Priest’s bells indicated the condition of Israel’s relationship with God. While the sound…

Source: OINOS Educational Consulting By Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “It is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” ~ I Corinthians 4:2 Looking through binoculars while on expedition to a hard-to-reach location in the Alps, a group of botanists discovered a rare flower growing out of the side of a deep ravine. To successfully reach the exotic blossom, however, someone would have to carefully descend into the gorge. Noticing a local youngster standing nearby, the botanists asked if he would allow himself to be lowered with a rope along the side of the dangerous canyon. Excited,…

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