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. 

10 POSITIVE REASONS TO TRAIN YOUR KIDS IN CELL PHONE USE

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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