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holding ministries Accountable


you have the option to listen to this blog post via the following audio link: holding ministries Accountable

so… this is about me helping to hold ministries accountable so they are part of the solution and not the problem.

if a man can’t make a living through his ministry is that not a worthy test of it’s own validity? this is about my own efforts in terms of, “putting your mouth where your money is” (I understand I twisted that), and asking others to do the same.

by the way… reading my own writing aloud reminds me how unusual is my prose. and, I do this in one take, mistakes and all. meanwhile, I have to laugh at myself because a definition of prose is:

“To speak or write in a dull, tiresome style”.

in any event…

I am a true entrepreneur. I put my money where my mouth and heart are. better yet, I now help men make better decisions around starting business, always leveraging my own experience as expertise.

I also seem to be a magnet for men wanting to start all manner of ministries. there are, at best, subtle differences.

I’ll not focus this particular post on this subject matter, but three great rules when it comes to starting a company or a ministry remain:

1. You need a plan you can defend;
2. You should be able to live without income for up to eighteen months; and,
3. Your spouse better be dialed in.

bonus rule: “Happy Wife, Happy Life”.

why can’t our every day business be a form of ministry?

that said, I want you, collectively, to focus on how, or why you can help a ministry genuinely make a difference. they must needs be part of the solution, and not be part of the problem. NOTE: can we agree that there MIGHT be something fundamentally wrong with a model that works under a principle where you have to read a book to earn a reward of food or water? Rick Carlock once told me that if someone were to read the Bible to an individual that had never seen a book before they were now required to accept Christ, or burn. I’ve not seen Mr. Carlock for over seven years. but, his words helped and certainly inspired me in ways he could never imagine.

so… getting back to the solution might mean holding ministry-types accountable for a form or return on investment (“ROI”), even if it’s an eROI. “e” stands for eternal. and, yes, I coined that acronym specifically for: ROI Ministry.

I’m of the opinion this organization is part of the solution, in fact, that’s why it was created.

I’m in. firmly committed with a will and purpose. absolutely.

I feel that ROI Ministry is, indeed, part of the solution. another solid example might be Faith Comes by Hearing. most societies are story-tellers. so, putting a message that is relevant to a culture in the hands of leaders that understand the needs of their people opens both hearts and minds.

however, this is something of an exception because, generally, I’m left thinking:

“ministries are better suited for the a season-of-life where people can afford to be involved with ministry. unless of course we find a unique, or cool way to integrate our business into a ministry-like view. if successful, the business then acts as a type of qualifier, and then draws people and appropriate resources our way. for example, if people ask you, ‘what makes you different?’, or, ‘how did you get to where you are today?’, you likely have credibility as the lens through which others render opinion”.

and, that’s the point of this post. especially if you believe that we can all example forms of ministry in our daily lives.

it’s no secret I have a philanthropic nature. and, I’m adept at matching funds and other resources with worthy efforts. but, I’m keenly aware that for every ministry lighting up passion and souls, there average four others just like them probably already in existence. and, they are manned by people that can’t manage money (or a vital business) – their own in particular. I point this out because there are thousands of people meandering about with hands extended that want people with jobs and sense to sustain their lifestyles.

how can this not be considered a form of welfare? the goal is subjectively noble. however, the execution is more often, questionable; suspect, if you will.

to wit…

I recently told a fellow that has formed a ministry that I felt his efforts were a bit “fluffy”. he appears to be more interested in getting attention and possibly building a life-style than executing a plan around what might be, otherwise, a pretty cool messaging platform for evangelism. I sent him an email outlining my concerns.

in his response he included:

“thanks for your response and your request of course challenged me greatly and i’m wrapping my heart around it.”

in other words I hurt his feelings, and he is going to pout, an hope I don’t press him, further.

of course that irritated me, some what (he really is a sweet man, but I want him to engage around a form of souly business). and, my own response was:

“So, I think being all sensitive-like and wrapping your heart around things is fine. But, if you want me in your life I expect you to stand firm around Best Practices and having a solid plan. Especially if you are hoping to take peoples money in any capacity.

God is great about foisting His own plans upon us. But, given the discernment He has seen fit to bless us with in unequal measures, we are likely expected to be good stewards and focused on milestones.”

all that said, when I travel to New York Ciry, for example, I am in the habit of bringing five hundred dollars ($500) with me in twenty ($20) dollar bills. I distribute them as I walk along those streets, asking naught of the benefactors other than a silent prayer that they use it to eat (thats good enough), maybe share (that’s all the better).

I’m possibly thinking about the Parable of the Talents in the Book of Mathews, here. but, a more in-depth review, here. more later.

hopefully this puts my initial question into perspective… if a man can’t make a living through his ministry is that not a test of it’s own validity? that makes me a pundit in terms of, “putting your mouth where your money is”, eh.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork


Facebook’s contribution to Terrorism


I was reminded recently that the white van is circling out there. and, raising questions that I do about people in power and of influence is genuinely risky business.

in any event, I’m, admittedly, a bit weary of using Facebook as a punching bag. however, I won’t tire of being relentless when it comes to pointing out that Mark Zuckerberg and his Facebook Mafia (this can be stated in something of positive light because it’s a reference to the wealth generated by the Facebook insiders and how they are seeding countless other venture at unprecedented speed) have it within their collective power to use the Facebook platform for good. but, right now, with millions of examples over the course of any given day, it’s being used for a lot of evil, and mostly in the hands of ignorant children.

as you probably know, I’ve managed to rile up some folks with my Most recent Facebook-oriented posts: Facebook is on a Mission but not from God, and: why Facebook might be a great bad story/

In-and-amongst recent comments, Mark Toler said:

“Brian – you make a compelling argument about the much maligned privacy of Facebook however based on your judgement I could make the same argument that Jim Basillie and Mike Lazaridis (joint CEO’s of RIM) are responsible for the September 11 attacks as it has been proven that al-Qaeda used such devices (with their impenetrable encryption) while planning and executing said attacks or that Bill Gates and other internet pioneers are somehow responsible for today’s ever increasing human traffic trade.


P.S. – I am not a fan of Mark Zuckerberg – like most in his position he clearly stole the idea. He gets an A for execution.”


My response:

“I see your point with RIM. Mobile phones are a big part of the problem with explosive devices around the world. Nokia is a favorite of terrorists. And, aside from explosive devices, hand-held devices are obviously used to communicate the threat of terrorism.

NOTE: My dear friend and business partner, Bob Twitchell is part of the solution for this with his hearty and ferocious crew at Dispersive Networks. That website is currently under redevelopment.

In an earlier Blog post, Facebook is on a Mission but not from God, I pointed out that Facebook is intent on putting “dumb phones” into the billions of unreached customers around the globe. I wish I had my wits about me enough for this recent post to draw that connection as well. But, now Facebook may be unwittingly aiding millions of more potential terrorists with this plan. That is not really fair to Facebook. But, your inadvertent point needs to give us all pause, collectively.

For now, I want Zuckerberg to regulate content and the age of the Facebook users. That is fair.”


NOTE: I defy parents of Middle School girls, for example, to relay positive stories around the use of Facebook. …well, actually, I’d be delighted to get word of some. And, I’ll publish them, to be fair. I’m simply skeptical many exist.

in the picture to the left, I’d like to think Obama is telling Zuckerman why he and Michelle won’t allow their own daughters to use Facebook. and, I wonder how Zuckerman might view his platform come the day he has a pre-teen daughter of his own?

returning the line-of-thiinking before my NOTE…

For now, I want Zuckerberg to regulate content and the age of the Facebook users. That is fair. […]

or, so I thought until Toler made his appearance in the comments section. Bob Twitchell was recently granted an expedited patent around his work for Homeland Defense. as an early investor and champion I can’t go into details, here, but a problem is with terrorists (in the general form) using cellular telephones as trigger devices for bombs like improvised explosive device (IED’s).

An  IED, also known as a roadside bomb, is a homemade bomb constructed and deployed in ways other than in conventionalmilitary action. It may be constructed of conventional military explosives, such as an artillery round, attached to a detonating mechanism.

IEDs may be used in terrorist actions or in unconventional warfare by guerrillas or commando forces in a theater of operations. In the 2003–2010 Iraq War, IEDs were used extensively against coalition forces and by the end of 2007 they had become responsible for approximately 60% of coalition deaths in Iraq. They are also used in Afghanistan by insurgent groups that has caused over 70% of coalition casualties in the 2001–present Afghanistan War.

They were also used extensively by cadres of the rebel Tamil Tiger (LTTE) organization against military targets in Sri Lanka before the LTTE was dismantled in mid 2009 by the Sri Lankan military forces. – Wikipedia

the term Improvised Explosive Device comes from the British Army in the 1970s, after thev Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) used bombs made from agricultural fertilizer and semtex smuggled from Libya to make highly effective boobytrap devices or remote-controlled bombs. an IED is a bomb fabricated in an improvised manner incorporating destructive, lethal, noxious, pyrotechnic, or incendiary chemicals and designed to destroy or incapacitate personnel or vehicles. in some cases, IEDs are used to distract, disrupt, or delay an opposing force, facilitating another type of attack. IEDs may incorporate military or commercially-sourced explosives, and often combine both types, or they may otherwise be made with homemade explosives (HME).

cellular phones are a primary tool used to detonate IED, and similar devices.  a radio-controlled IED (RCIED) incorporating a cell phone which is modified and connected to an electrical firing circuit. cell phones operate in the UHF band in line of sight with base transceiver station (BTS) antennae sites. commonly, receipt of a paging signal by phone is sufficient to initiate the IED firing circuit.

so… getting back to my prior post: Facebook is on a Mission but not from God,  if Facebook is successful in putting millions, and possibly billions of “dumb phones” into the hands of the “unreached” thinking they are going to put into their collective hands, I am more concerned that they might be unwittingly (now we have to understand scienter) arming terrorists with, otherwise, state-of-the-art technology that can be used to kill children real-time, literally, as opposed to metaphorically, on-line.

I’m apparently going to receive a call from the bad boys at Goldman Sachs about my line-of-thinking because they are (naturally), part of the syndicate group, expected to take Facebook public.

meanwhile, Barack Obama recently met with the founders of Apple, Google and others, including Facebook, to promote government partnering with corporate America to create jobs and opportunities. I wonder if Messrs. Obama and Zuckerberg are potential golf buddies? to be fair, that might be a low blow at Obama. but, I also have to be fair to people like Neal Boortz that appear to be genuinely concerned that Obama may not be what we need him to be. is this a new axis of evil? not likely in terms of intent. but, ego can be an ugly delivery system for evil, unto itself.

by the way… just as a reminder, and in an effort to keep being fair, Michelle and Barack Obama apparently don’t allow their own daughters to use Facebook. read into that what you must in terms of the goose and the gander. so, I wonder what Obama actually said when had an opportunity to speak one-on-one with Zuckerberg? someone else said that a picture says a thousand words (is that correct?). but, really, what did Obama say, or ask, of Zuckerman?

we have to ask the other questions though, and dig for the truth. that is what it means to be Heterodox -and, an Optimistic Gentleman.

dig. push. ask questions. write letters. send emails. do research. hug your kids. don’t text and drive. call your Mom and tell her you love her. Don’t text your daughter and tell her you love her. take her out to lunch and do it.

do it!

…then ask her for her Facebook login passcode and tell her not to post anything she does not want you (or her Grandmother) to see.

do that too!

in the coming months, if that white van gets me, I genuinely love all of you.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork


service this


I’ve became more than fed-up with certain service providers that, well, don’t.

I always do what I say. And, then some. In fact, I (cliche alert) really do try to perform well beyond my promise. I’ll pause and note, here, however, that I’m always very careful when I promise anything. And, I certainly choose my words carefully.

The simplest reason why I’m going on about this, today, is the guy that built the previous version of one of my business websites has side-stepped his part of a deal in the form of maintenance. And, in some respects he actually attempted to hold my business website, and it’s content hostage.

I really take it personal when people let me down in any form or fashion.

On the other hand, I’ve decided to “hitch up my drawers” and be part of my own solution. Thusly, I’ve complained, and now have done something positive about the problem.

I’m willing to call this one a victory, of sorts.

So… Here is the result: This is not an elegant design. But, it’s unique (enough) and very different from other websites of professionals like myself that recruit and coach on the business side of things.  And, the format (blog-oriented) will force my hand in subjecting offering my readers relatable thought leadership because I am, supposedly, a subject matter expertise around people in business and best practices.

By all means, add me to your RSS feed.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork




just a quick thought – and, a few observations; followed by opinions, around “networks”, and related words.

why did I use quote (“”) marks around the word: “networks”, you ask? admit, it hundreds of you did ask yourselves, collectively, what I was up to as you paused upon that provocative word. well… it’s due, in part, to the fact that it happens to be an idiomatic utterance with many applications and meanings – a vital element (there’s another one) to the richness of our our English language. and, there begins the approach to my point.

I’m seeing weakness in the broad application of most things associated with some type of network.

to wit:

it can be argued that television programming, as offered by the communication networks, is weak and uninspired. example: Joanne made me watch Grays Anatomy and Private Practice – so, my point is made, there (note: Addison is both a bitch, and pointless).

most of your social and business-oriented networks are also of highly questionable value. daily I hear people say they rely on their networks for job leads, business leads and financing leads. but, they end up feeling like Custer requesting reinforcements at the Little Big Horn.

AT&T’s network has gotten so awful that I abandoned the iPhone  for Sprint and the EVO 4G (interestingly, this did launch me down the path of exploring all things Android, then open-source [so…Linux {Ubuntu} operating systems, and even Windows).

broadly, the word “shallow” comes to mind when I think of “networks”.

maybe some good news is much of these offenses can be resolved by internal “accountability”.

we can easily turn-off the television and speak to one another (no mean feat when I’m competing with Private Practice. but, a worthy effort nonetheless). we can help one another better by being more clear about what we actually need and can do for, and within, our social and business networks. we all really do want to help one another. we just need to understand how. so, being responsible for being less casual, and more focused, is a good direction (this will make us more productive [and less self-entitled] workers, by the way. we can get there by watching less television, to start. then use a cellular service (fewer daily, actually use land-lines any more) that work (this is also a way to hold the service providers accountable) and engage in meaningful exchanges of information, that include dialogue (hint: email and text less, please).

so… ironically, we look to our “networks” to bind (there is an example of a word that is both multi-useful and juxtapositional [look it up]) ourselves together. but, that system has broken down, regardless of the words application. in a period of time when hiring, for example, is now more “mission-specific” than ever – which means we have to be clear, concise and relevant in what we do for a paycheck. the Laws of Natural Selection are going to play a vital role in what happens next. so, we need to communicate, and really (also consider genuinely because it’s so apropos) want to help one another.

me? I’m using the word: “connected”. some how I’ll sort out a way to integrate virtu into that so accountability and responsibility are the baring points. and, all I ask is that you join me in creating that “daisy-chain” that makes life as meaningful as possible.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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