By now, most school doors have closed and summer swings into full-tilt fun as teens excitedly romp into the time-honored tradition of summer break.
Yet, along with this free time, lack of homework, and perhaps more time away from the house and parents' watchful eyes come new freedoms that tantalize every teen's mind. . Unfortunately, as school-year stress melts away in the summer sun, also melting away are accountability, structure, supervision, stimulation, focus and even brain cells due to inactivity.
Add to these ingredients some new friends and some extra money from a summer job, and this dangerous summertime cocktail can be the cause of a higher number of young people experimenting with drugs, smoking their first cigarette and trying alcohol in June and July than at any other time of the year. more >>
Summertime means fun time.
For kids, school's out, and free time is in. For families, special memories, trips and other adventures will be made.
For men, the juggling act continues keeping the balls at work in the air, while mixing in some time away from the office for some time with the family. more >>
The U.S. soccer player who scored the quickest American goal in World Cup history Monday recently credited the sport with boosting his relationship with God.
"My parents had started me in the sport to help me learn good people skills," forward Clint Dempsey told Sports Spectrum in May. "Little did I know that the sport I loved and the skills I learned would later play a role in my relationship with God."
The Texan who scored the U.S.'s first goal in its 2-1 win over Ghana and later suffered a brutal kick to the nose, grew up in a Catholic family. His family struggled financially at times and at one point Dempsey, 31, quit soccer club to give his sister, Jennifer, the opportunity to play professional tennis. more >>
The president of Seattle Pacific University announced at this past weekend's graduation ceremony that an engineering scholarship would be named after Jon Meis, the 22-year-old student whose heroic actions helped end the fatal June 5 shooting at the Christian college campus.
Seattle Pacific University President Daniel Martin announced at Saturday's graduation ceremony that the new scholarship would be named after Meis due to the 22-year-old graduate's "quick thinking" and selfless behavior during the June 5 attack.
"In recognition and honor of Jon's quick thinking, selfless act and brave response, we are establishing the John Meis scholarship," Martin announced to the 2014 graduating class on Saturday. Meis, who was also graduating at Saturday's event, received two standing ovations from fellow classmates and faculty. The scholarship will go toward future engineering students at the university. more >>
Over the years, reaching men with the Gospel has been an important but challenging effort. From the early days when Edwin Louis Cole launched the Christian Men's Network, to Coach Bill McCartney's Promise Keepers, hundreds of thousands of men have been transformed, and yet momentum has been difficult at best.
But now, a local pastor with a national media ministry is turning "men's ministry" on it's head. G. Allen Jackson, pastor of World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, has taken his experience leading one of the largest churches in America and re-thought exactly what it means to reach men in the 21st century. That strategy is culminating in the "Mighty Men Conference" featuring Jackson and Angus Buchan in Nashville on November 23rd. I had the opportunity to discuss the subject recently with Pastor Jackson, and here's what happened:
Phil Cooke: What we call "Men's Ministry" is alive and well, but it's not in the headlines much anymore. In the 1980's and 90's it exploded and culminated with Promise Keepers, which was one of the biggest movements of it's time. What going on today? more >>
Randy Lewis, a former senior vice president of Walgreens, is the author of the highly inspirational book, No Greatness Without Goodness: How a Father's Love Changed a Company and Sparked a Movement. The book isn't only exceptional reading for business leaders who want their companies to become more efficient and profitable, but it also provides nuggets of wisdom and real life lessons for people who have the desire to build stronger and more meaningful relationships with those around them: friends, neighbors and coworkers.
Lewis and his wife, Kay, have three children. Their middle child, a son named Austin, has autism. During a speech in front of 5,000 Walgreens store managers at a conference in Las Vegas, he shared that "nearly 70 percent of individuals with disabilities and 95 percent of people with severe cognitive disabilities, like Austin, would never hold down a job."
This is not because people with disabilities cannot do the work, it's because many employers fail to realize that hiring people with disabilities will actually increase the overall performance among all of their employees. more >>