6 Links worth seeing


Business As Ministry

Anyone working in a “secular” job will be tempted to think of work as less significant or less God honoring than that of, say, a pastor. I have struggled here, and over the years I have met many others who struggle with a sense of purpose in their daily work 

A Nation of Singles

23.8 percent of men, and 19 percent of women, between the ages of 35 and 44 have never been married. Tick back a cohort to the people between 20 and 34​—​the prime-childbearing years​—​and the numbers are even more startling: 67 percent of men and 57 percent of women in that group have never been married. When you total it all up, over half of the voting-age population in America​—​and 40 percent of the people who actually showed up to vote this time around​—​are single.

Why Do We Put up with Bad Leaders? 

My former co-worker in youth ministry from many years ago (Bill Donahue) raises an interesting and important question. He discusses five reasons we put up with bad leaders. 


I happily confess that I am glad to be beyond the years of parenting. I am a grandparent twice over and loving it! But I still lead a parents of teens group at our Church each Wednesday evening. They think I have all the answers because we raised four children to adulthood. I am not sure about answers. Perhaps a few scars and bruises. I am grateful for articles like the one above by David Murray offering suggestions to parents for difficult issues like cell phone use. 

My pastoral confidentiality policy

I sent this to my staff and one of them wrote back, “If I didn’t know the source of this, I would have thought you wrote it.” I was pleased to see these helpful suggestions for an important area of pastoral ministry. Tom Ascol outlines 3 main principles to consider. 

You Are Going to Die

This one (in the NYT) is from January 20th but if you didn’t see it — take a look. Tim Kreider takes a transparent look at death. “You are older at this moment than you’ve ever been before, and it’s the youngest you’re ever going to get. The mortality rate is holding at a scandalous 100 percent. Pretending death can be indefinitely evaded with hot yoga or a gluten-free diet or antioxidants or just by refusing to look is craven denial.”

Enjoy these links,

Steve Cornell

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