this went thru my mind


Boasting & bragging: Are We All Braggarts Now?

“‘We’ve become so accustomed to boasting that we don’t even realize what we’re doing. And it’s harmful to our relationships because it turns people off.’ So why keep it up? ‘We brag because we can,’ says Julie Hanks, a licensed clinical social worker who has a therapy clinic in Salt Lake City. ‘And a lot more people are listening.'”

Church attendance & spiritual development: What Counts: Part 1 by Dan Bouchelle

“I think we should measure our members instead of just count them.”

Depression & technology: Turn Off the Computer or Turn On the Lights to Avoid Late-Night Depression

“… while there’s still research to be done, the preliminary response … to dim, unnatural light at night reflected previously observed changes in human behavior, and closely mimicked symptoms of depression … For the rest of us, the solution is simple: keep the lights on as long as the computers are on, or keep your computing to daylight hours.”

Listening, leadership & discernment: One Critical Leadership Error by Ron Edmonson

“Assuming what you’re hearing is all that’s being said.”

Violence: How Do We Stop the Violence? by Scott Elliott

“How can the Christian community help to prevent further acts of violence? How should Christians respond when violence grips our nation? I do not pretend to have all the answers, but here are a few suggestions.”

Welcoming guests & newcomers: Nine Questions Church Visitors Aren’t Asking (… but Churches are Still Trying to Answer)

“#8. I need more paperwork! Can you give me a folder filled with glossy pamphlets, old newsletters and denominational statements of belief?”

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