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Short Attention Spans

Last week, Sports Illustrated reported that the coach of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, Kliff Kingsbury, has decided to provide “cellphone breaks” during team meetings in order to help his players maintain their concentration and attention.  Kingsbury, who previously coached the Texas Tech football team, was noticing what could only be described as withdrawal symptoms…

The End of the World As We Know It

A favorite children’s story is “Chicken Little,” which is about a naïve fowl who has the proclivity to believe the end of the world has begun as the result of some rather mundane event (in many tellings of this fable, an acorn falling out of a tree and hitting her on the head).  Chicken Little begins to run to all her friends in order to warn them – quite hysterically –…

The Beauty of Diversity

Where I grew up (the northeast Georgia mountains), there was not very much diversity, however you would like to define it.  The county was pretty close to 100% Caucasian, and at the time, there were not all that many residents who could not trace their roots back to some of the earliest settlers of the area.  This lack of diversity, sadly, often led to ideas and…

Giving

This past week I ran across some research findings that can be put in the “I Could Have Told You That” file.  Researchers at both the University of Chicago and Northwestern University (both prestigious research institutions) released their studies that showed that people are happier when they give than when they receive.  The researchers conducted two different…

The Mission Field at Home

Last week, we hosted a missions team from Parkland Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, who came to our area to engage in Kingdom work throughout our association.  Around 70 people made the trip, most of whom were middle school and high school youth.  They began working almost immediately:  after unloading the truck that contained all of their luggage, supplies, and…

Suicide and Hope

A sad aspect of our culture today is its incredibly short attention span.  Matters of great importance often remain in the national conversation only long enough for the current news cycle, to be replaced by the next crisis du jour.  We see and hear expressions of lament concerning the situation, but then we move on and allow the issue to fade away from the collective…