• July 24, 2015

    When my wife and I got married, we decided to go tent camping in the Smoky Mountains for our honeymoon. Some of this was because we didn’t have a lot of money (in fact, most of the trip was paid for with my 2008 stimulus check – remember when that happened?). But part of the reason we chose to tent camp was because we liked the idea of starting our marriage off by doing some “team building.” We met at a Christian summer camp, serving as counselors to high school students. And so from day one, working hard and problem solving have been a part of our relationship...

  • July 24, 2015

    You will face an interesting dilemma when you decide to begin mentoring. Once convicted that mentoring is a responsibility of yours, then you need to find someone to mentor. What qualities should you look for in a mentee? Connecting with a mentee can be more intimidating than one would expect. It may at times seem to be little opportunity to mentor people, but we can make the most of every opportunity. Alternatively, as you look around your church and community, you may notice a multitude of people that could use a mentor...

  • July 23, 2015

    "People can't worship when they're learning." I was working with another planner - I'll call him Mike - on a combined worship service of our two churches. Together we were responsible for selecting songs, recruiting singers and deciding the order of worship. Mike and I shared many important traits: both of us loved Jesus, both of us were committed to the Church, both us wanted true and good worship to happen at the combined service. But Mike's comment told me that we did not share basic presumptions about people and about worship...

  • July 23, 2015

    In an interesting article in the June edition of Epic magazine, Helene Mialet writes about people’s response to her 10-year ethnographic study of the social fabric (people and machines) that surround Stephen Hawking and allow him to be the Stephen Hawking we recognize and respect. As an ethnographer, Mialet is interested in how Hawking’s ability to do what he does as a scientist is dependent upon the social factors that surround him...

  • July 21, 2015

    A few weeks ago I ran across a list of lies parents tell their children. The list includes some fairly predictable fibs from weary parents: “Maybe we’ll buy that next time.” “Don’t be too noisy, or the people over there will get upset.” “Eat your vegetables, or you won’t grow strong.” Where is the boundary when it comes to lying to your children? Most parents want their kids to tell the truth, and to do so consistently. But when it comes to our own tricky situations...

  • July 21, 2015

    Recently I read two different news articles from separate news outlets touting the newest and greatest trends in volunteering. As a Volunteer Program Coordinator for World Renew, I am always interested in new trends. As I read the article my heart sank as I realized that the cruise ship line industry has begun to promote volunteerism cruises in order to attract millennials, a younger customer base who have a bent for social justice causes...