The Harvard Happiness Study: Or, The Evasive Presence of Happiness in a Sinful World

Found this engrossing article, entitled “What Makes Us Happy”, in The Atlantic.  It covers the 75-year-old Harvard happiness study, one of the longest-lasting and most important of modern psychology. In it, the author, Joshua Wolf Shenk, makes this noteworthy point: “The story gets to the heart of Vaillant’s angle on the Grant Study. His central [Read More...]

4 Out of 10 Babies Born to Unwed Moms

A new story from the Washington Post reports that unwed mothers birth four out of every ten babies born in the US: “More than 1.7 million babies were born to unmarried women in 2007, a 26 percent rise from 2002 and more than double the number in 1980, according to the report from the National [Read More...]

The Hard Work of New England Ministry: A Report from a Recent Conference

Some will recall that I blogged about a pastors’ conference with pastor-theologian Steven Lawson in New England in early April 2009.  Here’s a report from the organizer, Dave Ricard, the man who runs the New England Center for Expository Preaching, an internship program that brings interns to preach in a variety of New England churches [Read More...]

Dude, You’re Not Mark Driscoll, and Other Ways to Find a Pastoral Identity

9Marks just released its new eJournal on helping young pastors. I highly commend it to you–it looks very, very helpful. I had a thought on this topic.  It strikes me that young pastors, which I hope will one day include me, need to emulate our leaders and heroes, but only to a point.  We need [Read More...]

Robby George and Greg Thornbury on Natural Law: A Valuable InSight Podcast

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina has just released an excellent podcast on natural-law thinking featuring an interview conducted by Doug Baker with constitutional law scholar Robby George and systematician Greg Thornbury. It is called “Morality: Past its Prime”, and it will prove profitable to the listener. For those who are new to this [Read More...]

Saturday Devotions: Persevering Faith

1 Peter 1:6-7 reads,  In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of [Read More...]

Happy Thanksgiving

Colossians 3:16-17 reads, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God [Read More...]

Are Roommates the New Family?

Just found an interesting article that captured a cultural trend.  The New York Times writer Stephen Williams penned a piece called “Home, Hangout, Departure Lounge” that profiles a group of roommates living together in New York City.  It’s a short but noteworthy article that includes the following: Here’s how the group came together: “The four roommates [Read More...]

The Beauty of HBO’s “John Adams”

American history is a larger-than-life enterprise, filled with lofty characters who scarcely seem like ordinary people.  Franklin, Edwards, Lincoln, both Roosevelts, and the list goes on.  One of the most important figures of the American past is the Massachusetts politician and farmer John Adams.  Second president of America, close friend of Thomas Jefferson, Revolutionary War [Read More...]


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