Using Charts to Understand the New Testament Authors

Context is important. Understanding the the background of an author helps to understand his writings. Christians easily forget the Jewish background of the New Testament writers.  Most of it was written by Jewish authors. A picture is worth a thousand words. Here’s two of them.


Luke, in blue, wrote two of the books: The Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts. Paul did most of the heavy lifting, followed by John.Books Of The New Testament by Author

In conclusion, one can see the Jewish roots of Christianity by looking at the number of Jewish authors of the New Testament.



Visualizing the Parables of Jesus

I spent time studying the parables of Jesus and wanted to visualize them. Here is what they look like using three different diagrams.

Mind Map

Mind Maps are used to describe a thing or idea in categories.



Pie Chart

Pie charts show how categories represent part of the whole. A donut chart serves the same purpose, but have less calories.


Parables Pie


Column Chart

Column charts show data changes over time.



Using the diagrams, one can observe two things. First, He spoke most of the parables towards the end of His earthly life. Second, He spoke them in Judea, the religious center of Israel.


UX 101 – Coming to Terms

A mentor once told me that “conflicts are the collision of dreams”. A source of conflict is when two people use the same word to mean different things. For example, when I say dinner, I really mean sitting around a table sharing a meal with people I care about. Someone else may say “dinner” and mean consuming food. A conflict will happen if I invite someone to dinner and the person says “how about picking something up for yourself”. What does this have to do with UX Design? Everything.

Terms are important. For example, the term “mobile” can mean many things. When someone says “mobile”, they are likely saying “Smart Phones, tablets (iPads and Android tablets), and windows touch stuff”. Someone else may use “mobile” to mean Smart Phones and iPads. Dreams will collide if these two people are in the same room without first coming to terms.

Mobile for Apple, Android, and Microsoft means different things. I would argue that Apple and Android use mobile to mean similar things. Apple decided to provide a completely different experience in mobile from the desktop. For Microsoft, mobile meant something different. Their tablets replicate the desktop experience.

Key UX lesson – avoid conflicts by first coming to terms.