Are You Ready for JIBO the Robotic Spiritual Advisor?

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What if technology could help you feel closer to God? Only July 15, Dr. Cynthia Breazeal and her team announced JIBO on Indiegogo. It is an impressive social robot that is priced to replace your tablet at home. After watching the video yesterday, my son said, “It’s hard to believe something like that will be real next year.” Fall of 2015 according to the site. [Read more...]

What this Author Has Learned About Success

emily wierenga

Last year, I had a nervous breakdown. It was the day after I realized my third book hadn’t sold much of anything at all, and all of my dreams of being a successful author drained, even as I miscarried the child I’d been carrying. So I lost my baby and my dream in the same day. I had no real control over either. And as hard as it was, it was also the day I woke up and realized my heart was in the wrong place. [Read more...]

I Was an Unpaid Intern for an Oscar-Nominated Director

Gaurav Mishra

I stared at the notice on NYU’s job and internship database. It was my second semester, freshman year, and high school graduation gifts were dwindling. I needed a job. Like, a job job. But as I fervently tossed resumés into cyberspace, I figured I’d try an offhand search for paid internships, too. This post appeared like a beacon of hope: a paid internship? [Read more...]

Finding Life’s Most Fulfilling Work

Working for Free

A single mom with two kids was facing some hard financial times last December. She knew she was not going to be able to provide any gifts for Christmas. She heard about Help-Portrait, a movement of professional photographers and volunteers who give printed portraits to families in need. She brought her family to her local Nashua, New Hampshire, event the second week in December. [Read more...]

[VIDEO] How can a mentor help?


I was recently talking with one my mentors (in ministry). He asked me what God has been teaching me. The question made me think pertty hard about what I’ve been learning from Him, not just what Ive been doing for Him. I’ve always been active in ministry. However, whether it’s ministry, work, or personal life, it’s not always about how much you do. After stepping back and brushing away all of the… [Read more...]

Five Life-Altering Career Lessons for Young Professionals


My first entry-level professional job paid enough for a decent apartment with a sofa and TV. As far as I was concerned, this was the good life, and planning for the upcoming weekend was about as far out as I could comprehend. Luckily for me, I married a brave, visionary woman who waswise and encouraging and saw the greater potential for our future that I couldn’t always see for myself. [Read more...]

What Transformers 4 Taught Me About My Pastor

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It was the best of films, it was the worst of films. Transformers 4 opened recently to the worst critical reviews of any 2014 blockbuster… and the strongest three-day ticket sales of the year. The reviews were gleefully negative. Entertainment Weekly bemoaned the film as a “baroque orgy of ear-shredding, eye-dazzling destruction.” The Guardian dismissed [Read More...]

[VIDEO] Plug Into Silence


It’s the vacation that defines the meaning of vacation for me. Our family went to a timeshare cottage in a small beach community on the Gulf Coast of Florida nearly every Summer. We only lived about an hour away down the coast, but the trip always took us to an entirely different world. These trips were completely different than the times we visited places like Disney World, Sea World, and Cape Canaveral. [Read more...]

The Key to a Great Vacation


My friend, Aurelia, and I had planned this holiday for weeks. Busy with our respective careers, we nevertheless arranged a mini vacation at Aurelia’s cabin in the foothills of New Hampshire’s White Mountains. I had images of mountain waterfalls and leaping deer. In my mind, I was there already. Leaving early on a Thursday morning, the car packed with provisions, we drove out of Boston into… [Read more...]

[VIDEO] I Want What They Have


Jealousy. Envy. Coveteousness. Call it what you want. It’s rooted in a lack of satisfaction with what you already have, and/or a resentment for what others have. Perceived scarcity driven by comparrison can eat you up inside, and drive negative feelings and behavior. I’ve been there. Constantly chasing what other people have. And it’s a cycle that never ends. [Read more...]