After serving 32 years in prison for a crime her family says she did not commit, 74-year-old Mary Jones was released from the Lynwood Women's facility in California last Tuesday, and has declared that she doesn't harbor any bitterness for her incarceration.
"I don't have a reason to be bitter, God is my shepherd," said Jones, who is known as "Mother Mary" to family and friends, on her release Tuesday.
A North Carolina pastor is rallying support from his church and community to grant a boy's top 10 wishes after being diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer a few weeks ago.
Pastor Joel Settle from Watermark Church in Troutman, N.C., has taken the challenge to help Matthew Bailey's dreams become a reality, one of which was the chance to go to the NCAA Final Four. Bailey is attending the championship round this weekend in Texas.
"We just want to try to give Matt and his family reason to smile these days, some of these top 10 things will do that," Settle told The Christian Post. more >>
A leader of a well-known organization once remarked to me, "I would love to lead us to a better future, but I just don't know where to start…" Another organization's leader told me, "I like where we are right now… but I can't seem to define where we are going very clearly."
I frequently work with organizations led by individuals who have "a great vision." But as I look closer, I see that they are often challenged by an inability to assess their current situation, to know and understand their organization's strengths and weaknesses. On the other hand, I have consulted with organizations whose leaders are deeply rooted in what's happening right now. They can tell you every metric for their business performance. Yet they lack the capacity to articulate a compelling picture of where they are going. However, some of the people working in both these types of organizations suffer stress, fatigue, and burnout – often because they don't really know where they're going or how they're getting there.
This is an issue that plagues many organizations - even apparently successful ones. It's the inability for their leaders to link daily activities between today's reality and a motivating vision of tomorrow. It's what I call "the today-tomorrow gap." more >>
In an extremely rare feat, according to college counselors, Kwasi Enin, a 17-year-old first-generation American from Shirley, N.Y., has been accepted to all eight elite Ivy League universities and he is receiving praise from across the United States.
"Congratulations to Kwesi Enin on being accepted to all eight of the Ivy League universities!" noted Gospel star Yolanda Adams in a post on her Facebook page Tuesday.
College counselors told USA Today that the feat is so rare among college applicants that very few dare to apply to all eight because they look for different qualities in their freshman class. Almost none are invited to attend all of them. more >>
Kay Warren, wife of Pastor Rick Warren, was so overwhelmed by the thousands of supportive responses to her Facebook post under the headline, "Don't Tell Grievers to 'Move On,'" that she took nearly two weeks before responding.
"Grief is a long, arduous, slow process and it deserves to be respected and supported, not minimized and condemned," Kay Warren said in part of her Facebook message posted Thursday.
The Saddleback Church founders are approaching the one year anniversary of their son's death approached. Matthew Warren died at the age of 27 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on April 5, 2013. The young Warren had "lived his entire life with mental illness," Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, said last year. more >>
A new book about C.S. Lewis aims to guide Christians and non-Christians alike toward wisdom, a deeper understanding of the Christian faith, and a full understanding of the meaning of life.
"Lewis is saying we really need to go beneath the surface of our faith," Alister McGrath, professor of theology, ministry and education at King's College London and author of C.S. Lewis – A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet, told The Christian Post in an interview on Monday. McGrath announced his new book, If I Had Lunch with C.S. Lewis: Exploring the Ideas of C.S. Lewis on the Meaning of Life, as a guide for modern Christians and non-Christians to learn the wisdom of the great author.
McGrath explained that his new book involves "letting Lewis help us think through the big questions of life and live better lives." It leads the reader through a series of lunch discussions with Lewis focused on eight different topics: the meaning of life, friendship, the importance of stories, Aslan and the Christian Life, apologetics, education, the problem of pain and the hope of heaven. more >>