Student Loan Debt is Killing the Church- Five ways that student loan debt negatively impacts the Church. I agree with the points of the article, but I’m ambivalent about student loan forgiveness. The student loan payments my wife and I make each month almost equal our rent, but I don’t think the government or anyone else should have to forgive our debt. We knew the cost of our educations and chose to pursue them. That being said, I wouldn’t reject loan forgiveness if it was offered :-). I think the answer lies more in figuring out ways to subsidize education so that institutions don’t have to charge as much. Perhaps we could re-direct some money away from defense and towards education. Crazy, I know. The Numbers of Kony 2012- Pretty amazing. The Lost Sin of Envy- What Envy Wants- “Envy is unique among the sins in that you never, ever enjoy it. Envy never brings any satisfaction. If you commit the sin of adultery, you enjoy the fleeting pleasures of the flesh; if you commit the sin of gluttony you get to enjoy the taste of food while it slides down your throat. These are very fleeting and fleshly pleasures, but they are pleasures still. Envy only, ever makes you more miserable than you were before.” The Trouble with Youth Ministry- “So, why are our young people losing faith in the church and God? It’s a relationship problem. They don’t think of Jesus as their friend. He’s a concept or an historical figure. He’s an academic subject that their churches teach. And once they graduate from youth group, they forget about the Jesus subject—just as they forget about their other high school subjects. Jesus gets left behind with algebra and early American literature.” Seven Things Every Leader Needs to Quit- Excellent stuff in this list from Ron Edmondson. His advice is relevant for leaders in all fields. “I’ve often wished I could say something to every leader. There are some things I’ve learned the hard way. I often share things leadership should do, but today I thought it wise to share some things not to do.” The One Thing Good Pastors Must Be Competent to Do- “A pastor must be a jack-of-all-trades—spiritual leader, preacher, counselor, evangelist, Bible scholar, theologian, cultural critic, CEO,
social worker, family man, and all-round good guy. No wonder we can feel overwhelmed with advice thrust at us from all sides designed to help us perform those many roles more skillfully. But what is that one thing that you must be good at if you are to be a good pastor? What is most worth your time in developing? What is the core from which everything else flows?” And, just for fun, a quick reminder to never drink soda ever ever ever.