Throw Out the Marketing Campaign and Start a Real Conversation

Gone are the days when a company can take its time responding to an issue, getting all the experts to weigh in, verifying the situation, and then contemplating and coordinating a proper response. Now you have hours at best. You have to know enough to be able to move — and move now. [Read more...]

Who’s Influencing Whom? Making a Difference in the Workplace

It was just a joke, guy banter in the break room. It was funny and very inappropriate. My conscience burned that night. I shouldn’t have laughed. Why did I laugh? It wasn’t the first time I acted in ways contrary to my Christian faith. Why are people able to influence me so easily? [Read more...]

There’s No Such Thing as The Good Book

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[Another great article by The High Calling summer intern, Nathan Roberts.] “The Bible’s a mess,” declares a headline on The Verge. How does that phrase make you feel? If you’re a person of faith, it might make you livid. If not, you might think: finally, someone gets it! However, a quick read through the article [Read More...]

Diagramming Stephen Elop: Bad Writing Makes You an Easy Villain

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Last week, when I was talking about balancing honesty and humility in business communication, Stephen Elop had already sent the worst layoff announcement in the history of Microsoft. His email was so bad, it invites us to imagine Elop fiddling while Microsoft burns. In case you missed the story, the Executive Vice President sent a [Read More...]

Good Leaders Listen, God Help Me Be Good

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A few months ago, I was asked to lead The High Calling through an incredibly painful change. All of our editorial systems would need to change. All of our editors would need to approach their work differently. Even worse, the change was uncertain. I didn’t know if it would work. I didn’t even know if [Read More...]

Making Money: Your Money Or Your (Spiritual) Life

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It’s nice to make money, isn’t it? Now don’t give me that look. A healthy desire to make money does not necessarily imply greed, or obsession, or that one is dedicating one’s life to serving the dreaded Mammon. All I’m saying is, as a practical matter, having money sure does come in handy. In fact, it is pretty much a requirement these days for getting around in our 21stcentury Western culture. [Read more...]

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

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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

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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

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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...]


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