Money and Happiness: Surprising Connections


Does money buy happiness? If you’re like me, you feel moral compulsion to say “No, money does not buy happiness.” Yet, if you’re like me, you secretly believe that there is some kind of connection between financial resources and emotional well-being. You can remember times when you spent money and the result was happiness.  But [Read More...]

Should We Be Motivated By Passion? Or Duty?

Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, in the spring

In the last couple of months, in graduation speeches across this country, graduates were exhorted to follow their passions, to do that which flowed from the depths of their being. I expect that, as a preacher, I have sometimes urged people to follow their passions (the godly passion, that is). It’s pretty much assumed in our day that we should all live according to our powerful feelings, desires, and visions.

But is this right? Is this enough? [Read more...]

Do We Have a Leadership Problem? Or a Follower Problem? Or Both?

A group of students at the FDR memorial. Don't miss the dog statue.

  “I don’t know if America has a leadership problem; it certainly has a followership problem.”   So writes New York Times columnist David Brooks in his recent column, “The Follower Problem.” According to Brooks, “To have good leaders you have to have good followers — able to recognize just authority, admire it, be grateful [Read More...]

Getting Wise About Facebook

I must admit that I find it

Bill Keller, op-ed columnist for and former executive editor of The New York Times, has written an intriguing piece about Facebook: “Wising Up to Facebook.”  The title reveals the tone of the column: leaning toward critical, but not altogether negative. Keller begins with a predictable blast against Facebook’s approach to privacy (or the lack thereof): [Read More...]