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Affluent Christian Investor | November 21, 2017

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AboutJim Huntzinger, Author at Affluent Christian Investor

Jim Huntzinger

Jim Huntzinger

Jim Huntzinger began his career as a manufacturing engineer with Aisin Seiki (a Toyota Group company and manufacturer of automotive components) when they transplanted to North America to support Toyota. Over his career he has also researched at length the evolution of manufacturing in the United States with an emphasis on lean's influence and development. In addition to his research on TWI, he has extensively researched the history of Ford’s Highland Park plant and its direct tie to Toyota’s business model and methods of operation. Huntzinger is the President and Founder of Lean Frontiers and a graduate from Purdue University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology and received a M.S. in Engineering Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. He authored the book, Lean Cost Management: Accounting for Lean by Establishing Flow, was a contributing author to Lean Accounting: Best Practices for Sustainable Integration.

Posts By Jim Huntzinger

October 20, 2017 |

How Christian Entrepreneurs Debating With Pastors Created American Economics

In his book Heavenly Merchandize, theologian Mark Valeri shares his insights on a foundational story of America through the men who actually lived and forged it.  It is the story of how America’s economic system unfolds from the interaction between … Read More

August 18, 2017 |

The Tragedy of Tuition Hyperinflation

What if tuition for an engineering degree (or any other degree for that matter) was $595 per semester instead of the present $10,000 per semester for a good state university?  Although, presently, tuition at many universities is much higher … Read More

June 26, 2017 |

Deflation: The Road to Prosperity

There are many amazing business people, and among their ranks are numerous excellent executives who understand the lean business model.  Also, there are a number of economists with a deep understanding of how to achieve good economies.  Although both … Read More

January 12, 2016 |

Abstraction vs. Reality: Top Down Management in Business and Economics

In my two previous articles I discussed, at a basic level, the difference between traditional accounting and lean accounting. One is reality and the other an abstraction. In Part II: Keynesian Economics, I discussed how the Keynesian model of … Read More

January 11, 2016 |

Abstraction vs. Reality: Keynesian vs. Austrian Economics

In my previous column, I discussed, at a fundamental level, the basic difference between traditional accounting and lean accounting. One is reality and the other an abstraction. But what does this have to do with economics? Or specifically Keynesian … Read More

January 7, 2016 |

Abstraction vs. Reality In Business

Traditional accounting verses lean accounting. Keynesian economics verses Austrian economics. Abstraction verses reality. These have all been discoveries of mine during my career as a manufacturing engineer and also in my research. Early in my engineering career, while learning … Read More

September 14, 2015 |

Colonial Pastors Prophesied a Warning to Our Generation

In 1788 Pastor Samuel Langdon preached wisdom which resonates to this very day which righteously warns, “Do not let openly irreligious and immoral men become your legislators. How can you expect good laws to be made by men who have … Read More

September 4, 2015 |

A Nation of Laws or of Men?

The American Union has a definitive hierarchy of sovereignty. The federal government is a creature of the States. The States are creatures of the People. The People are creatures of God. This makes God all sovereign over all things – … Read More

September 2, 2015 |

The Only Proper And Righteous Civil Government is Never Separated from God

In matters of church and state, it is clear that We the People’s religious beliefs can and should impact their understanding and action of civil government. But the government cannot violate people’s conscience of religion. Theologian Leonard Goenaga writes “that … Read More

September 1, 2015 |

The Law of the Land: God’s Law

The clergy of Colonial New England poured from the pulpit their view of polity directly from Scripture. “The Old Testament furnished many illustrations of covenant relations, of the limitations placed upon rulers and people, of natural rights, of the … Read More

August 28, 2015 |

America: Not a Nation, But a Confederation Under God

This confederation of nation-States would be bound together under a compactual agreement or covenant which would not form a new nation, although specific elements of a nation-state would be brought to bear;[1] but a confederacy of free and independent nation-States. … Read More

August 26, 2015 |

From the Sinai Desert to the New World

Well above all civilizations, the ancient Hebrews were the structure and law followed by American Founding generation. A significant study of other civilizations, like the Greeks, Romans, and others, were evaluated by Enlightenment writer Charles Montesquieu, but the most perfect … Read More

August 20, 2015 |

The Forging of the Colonial Pulpits

Duke University historian, Alice Baldwin, in her extensive 1928 study of the Colonial pulpit states unreservedly, “No one can fully understand the American Revolution and the American constitutional system without a realization of the long history and religious associations which … Read More

August 18, 2015 |

The American Colonial Clergy: We Must Be a Christian State

Thirty-four years prior to the American Revolution, Massachusetts Pastor Nathaniel Appleton, in 1742, would orate an brilliant description of exactly what the American civil government was – whether pre-Revolution or post-revolution – as he and so many other Colonial clergy … Read More

August 13, 2015 |

Colonial America Demanded a Monarchy

It is not taught in our schools, but Colonial America wanted a King. But it was not an earthly king they desired, as they would outright reject King Gorge, their former English King. They desired a higher King; that is … Read More

August 12, 2015 |

The Message From Colonial Clergy: When Government Doesn’t Obey God, It Is No Longer Legitimate

Joel McDuram states that

“American liberties we hold dear… derived from the application of biblical worldview. Moreover, it was the pulpit that was the medium for teaching these biblical freedoms to the people, and molding and shaping the American Christian … Read More

August 10, 2015 |

How Colonial America’s Pulpit Built Our Union on the Foundation of Natural Law

Under the American Compact it is stated that the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle Americans to specific and timeless unalienable rights; Fundamental rights and Fundamental law. These rights, articulated as Natural Law, established the moral standard for … Read More

August 5, 2015 |

The American Covenant: How American Independence Arose from the Colonial Pulpits

The American Compact is a covenant which secures God’s Law, referenced as Natural Law, for His children’s freedom, articulated by our Forefathers and Founding Fathers as Liberty. The sole purpose of civil government is to secure this liberty. The only … Read More

April 13, 2015 |

Respect for God and Gratitude: How Toyota Rose On More Than Just Hard Work

The Toyota Motor Corporation evolved from a strong belief in the free-market and an attitude parallel with the Puritan work-ethic.  Takahiro Fujimoto, who has researched and written extensively about Toyota and their business model, the Toyota Production System, succinctly and … Read More

April 1, 2015 |

How Learning By Suffering Built the Japanese Economic Miracle

In 1824 Reverend Charles Colton said that “imitation is the sincerest of flattery.”[1]  If true, then Americans should stand heads and shoulders above all with pride upon the accomplishments of the Toyota Motor Corporation.  Toyota is the embodiment of American … Read More

March 19, 2015 |

Shoot for Perfection Over Profit to Get More Profit: Why Managing for Means Beats Managing for Money

It’s a journey.  H. Thomas Johnson’s seminal book on the lean enterprise, Profit Beyond Measure,[1] remains not only one of my favorites and most recommended, but also perhaps the most insightful book written on this subject to this day.  Dr. … Read More

January 22, 2015 |

How Japan Beat the U.S. By Imitating It

The Ford Motor Company’s Highland Park Plant is today’s Model. Early Ford engineers and production managers’ relentless pursuit of productivity improvements and efficiencies through the development and implementation of flow significantly dropped prices while also driving up wages and … Read More

January 16, 2015 |

Too Big to Succeed: Why America Should Swap Smarts for Scale

Take a standard in industry for over 50 years and chuck it. British economists George Maxcy and Aubrey Silberston in 1959 developed and published a cost curve which describes the relationship between the total cost per unit and annual production … Read More

January 8, 2015 |

How Christian Management Principles Won WWII: And How They Rebuilt Japan Afterwards

Christianity permeates good business practices, but often its impact is deeply hidden and long lost in history.  One example which, to this day, remains a historic industrial success on a colossal scale, and a financial success on a substantial … Read More

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