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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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