The Evaluation: Five Kinds of Supervisor Performance Reviews

Nobody likes being evaluated at work (or at least, I don’t). But it can be good for us. If you’re in the position to be doing the evaluating, though, how do you do it well? Over at The High Calling, Glynn Young writes about the five kinds of performance evaluations–and evaluators: I have just walked [Read More…]

Walking, Wounded

At Medium, YA author Sara Zarr writes about learning to acknowledge one’s own woundedness: For the last year I’ve been sporadically part of a twelve-step group for adult children of alcoholics. We’re all different but the same—unique stories and past experiences, current symptoms in common. We’re addicts and codependents and perfectionists and procrastinators and controllers and balls of anxiety [Read More…]

Is Pop Culture Too Juvenile?

In the New York Times this past weekend, the film critic A.O. Scott wrote about the slide to juvenile pop culture, and the ups and downs of it. I responded in a Christianity Today piece: Sometimes there’s something to that. Books written for children, movies made for and about teenagers, don’t always provide the kind of intellectual meat [Read More…]

What We Learn from Pumpkin Spice Lattes

We’re having a nice cool week here in New York, the kind that reminds you why this is a great, great place to be in the fall. So of course, it’s time to read about pumpkin spice lattes, and why they’re so popular: Pumpkin Spice Lattes would not be a hit outside the “fall season” [Read More…]

Coffee Week

Just for fun: over at FastCompany, it was recently “coffee week.” It includes a ton of fun features, like instructions from CEOs about how to make coffee, and latte art, reports on where our coffee comes from, and way more. Read the whole thing here. [Read more…]

The Power of Storytelling

There’s a lot of talk in the business world about how important it is to learn to tell good stories when you’re trying to build your brand or business. But as Denis Haack points out over at The High Calling, there’s more to it than that: The nonprofit I direct knows that if our Board [Read More…]

Creativity Creep

At The New Yorker, Joshua Rothman has some interesting stuff to say about “creativity creep”: Every culture elects some central virtues, and creativity is one of ours. In fact, right now, we’re living through a creativity boom. Few qualities are more sought after, few skills more envied. Everyone wants to be more creative—how else, we think, [Read More…]

Work less, do more, live better

Patience Schell reminds us that we might want to reconsider longer hours if we actually want to do good work: Some years ago, I heard that a colleague characterised me as “someone who didn’t work weekends”. This description was not meant as a compliment. It’s true that I make a concerted effort to keep something approximating normal [Read More…]

Work/Life Separation

I frequently work from home, as does my husband, and it’s been a process of trial and error to figure out how to do that well. I wish I’d read this piece from 99U on work/life separation: Emotional traffic through that door moves in both directions: good news in one arena can lead to positive [Read More…]

Why Can’t Men Be Friends?

Over at Christianity Today, they’re asking a provocative question: why can’t men be friends? As a single person, I acutely need intimacy and loyalty from my friends. I’m eager for them to say to me, “We love you because you’re ours,” without leaving an escape clause. Part of the reason I need that kind of friendship is [Read More…]

Quotidian Magic

In The Curator, Josh Gotwalt writes about Boyhood, the movie that is turning out to be the talk of the year: In his essay, which Emily Belz cited in her review for WORLD,  “E Unibus Pluram” David Foster Wallace critiques the stylized conceits of contemporary cinema and television as meretriciously catering to our desire to transcend our average daily lives. These hysterical [Read More…]

A Letter to My Younger Self: Three Crucial Needs in Your Life

Over at The High Calling, they’ve been running a series of “letters to my younger self.” I especially liked Bob Robinson’s letter: Not only was Richard good at what he did, he had developed a reputation for honesty and integrity. People knew that his word was solid and that they could trust him. His clients [Read More…]

The Oldest Story: Broadchurch and True Detective

At Christianity Today, I wrote about Broadchurch and True Detective and the situation in Ferguson, and whether or not I am part of the problem: But there’s one very important thing both shows do, something that Christians, frankly, need to do better in their storytelling: they understand intuitively that sin is both a personal and a corporate matter. Sin is something in [Read More…]

The Power of Privileged Words

Over at Christ and Pop Culture, Drew Dixon writes some powerful words about, well, words, in the wake of the Redskins kerfuffle: A gospel-centered perspective on words calls us to speak in such a way that prioritizes the impact of our words on our neighbors over our personal perception of them. Perhaps the greatest lie we [Read More…]

Bearing New Images: Miyazaki

Hayao Miyazaki has brought joy to people all over the world with his movies, like Castle in the Sky, Princess Mononoke, and Howl’s Moving Castle. But he’s retiring, and his studio is shutting down. So now’s the time to read a bit more – including some surprising truths about Miyazaki – here in The Curator: Through their triumphs, Miyazaki’s [Read More…]

Is It “Goodbye Evangelicalism” or “We Join You In Your Suffering”?

Thabiti Anyabwile wrote a remarkable post about Ferguson and the failure of movement evangelicalism: When James Cone wrote A Black Theology of Liberation in the late 1960s, he was attempting to provide a theological framework for understanding and guiding the feelings and actions of African-American protestors. He wrote in the wake of a deadly riot in Detroit. [Read More…]