Life Is Eternal. Don’t Have an Affair.—Ed Stetzer
This week, we’ve found that it’s not as simple as AshleyMadison.com would like its (former) users to think. “Life is short. Have an affair.” So they say.
Get caught. Lose your reputation. Lose your spouse. So they omit.
I’ve been told that pastors I know, people in my neighborhood, members of my extended family, and prominent Christian leaders have found out they have been found out.
At the very moment I am writing this, I sit in a group of pastors who have ALL received news that someone they know is on the list.
For many, today, their secret sins are now public information.
10 Descriptors of Bad Teachers and Bad Leaders—Chuck Lawless
Several times in my teaching career, I’ve asked graduate students to give me descriptions of the worst teachers they’ve had. During those same years, I’ve watched leaders, discussed leadership, and read leadership books to learn characteristics of good and bad leaders. Perhaps not surprisingly, I’ve seen that some of the characteristics of bad teachers and bad leaders are the same.
- They don’t communicate well. Sometimes they just don’t communicate; they expect others to read their mind and meet their unstated expectations. At other times, they are simply boring when they do try to communicate.
You Are How Much You Work—Dorcas Cheng-Tozun
When friends come to visit, I take them to the San Francisco Bay Area’s must-see spots: the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the beaches and mountains—and, more recently, Googleplex, Google’s sprawling 26-acre campus.
Home to 3.1 million square feet of office space and about 20,000 employees, Google’s headquarters has become a tourist destination almost as famous as the company itself. It epitomizes the employee-friendly workplace, with functional benefits like Wi-Fi-enabled shuttles, gourmet meals, and onsite health care, in addition to fun perks like slides and fireman poles, lectures by famous speakers, and funky art installations.
Getting Hired: 3 Lessons From My Wife—Eric Geiger
My wife, Kaye, is an awesome teacher. And I am not just saying that because she is my wife (objective evidence: she was “teacher of the year” when we lived in Cincinnati). She is super-encouraging, creative, and passionate about helping children learn and become who they were created to be. When we started having our own kids, she took time off from teaching to stay home with our girls. But now that our kids are in school all day, she wanted to teach again.
But she only wanted to teach at our kid’s school, and there were zero openings. So how do you get a job at the one place you want to work even if there are no openings? Here are three lessons from my wife.
- Be present
Kaye loves the school our kids attend. We love the teachers, the administrators, and the parents. It is our community and we love the people. So Kaye started volunteering several days in the office. She spent two years volunteering before applying for a role.
Humbled By Motherhood—Jena Lee Nardella
Starting a nonprofit to deliver water and AIDS services to more than 1 million people in Africa was the hardest thing I’d ever done. At 22, I co-founded Blood:Water with the band Jars of Clay. Over the past decade, I’ve spent my days on tour buses and airplanes traveling across US cities and African villages, mobilizing people and resources one person and one dollar at a time. That’s all while going through the emotional roller coaster of running a global missions organization: feeling overwhelmed and hopeful and desperate and grateful over and over again.
Then, 16 months ago, I had my first baby. As a new mom, I am starting to suspect that motherhood is much harder. Parenthood, especially in these early months, is all-consuming beyond the demanding work of mission and activism—work that, by the way, hasn’t faded away. I now find myself, like so many moms, balancing the two.