Cash or a Cow for Christmas?

At Christianity Today, they’re thinking about charitable Christmas giving and asking whether it really helps. This is an increasingly common Christmas present—to make a donation to a poor family in a developing country in the name of a loved one. Increasingly, organizations such as the Heifer Project, World Vision, Samaritan’s Purse, Kiva, and other charitable organizations [Read More...]

The Danger in Securing Our Futures

Over at The High Calling, they’re talking about “the danger of securing our futures”: Chasing security in my career limits the use of the gifts I’ve been given. When I say yes to a narrow band of safe options, I disregard any promising alternatives and turn off the gifts that might be seen through those [Read More...]

Taking advantage of vocation

Charles Mathewes, a professor at UVA, recently wrote for Inside Higher Ed about vocation, calling, and work. His advice is specific to professors, but I think this is applicable far beyond that field! But ironically the difficulty everyone faces seems, to me at least, interestingly similar: we all face an inability to distinguish between different [Read More...]

Reading and Resistance

Over at The Curator, Brett Beasley reflects on reading and resistance – on our text-soaked world and the difficulty of reading well: When billionaire hedge fund manager Steven Cohen came under scrutiny in an insider trading scandal this summer, his lawyers provided a novel defense: they claimed that although he received an email that contained [Read More...]


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