Letting Go of the Bootstrap Myth

Letting Go of the Bootstrap Myth

The gospel of self-sufficiency reigns supreme in the U.S. We are culturally enamored with the idea of pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps, working one’s way from rags to riches, and earning well-deserved success. The term “hustle culture” refers to the increased...
Perhaps Rating Everything Is Not a Good Idea

Perhaps Rating Everything Is Not a Good Idea

A phone call to my cell service provider provided just the information I was seeking. And there was no long wait on hold, so I thanked her. Then a text message appeared — seeking an evaluation of my customer service experience. So, I gladly offered five stars....
Opportunities from Church Decline

Opportunities from Church Decline

Gallup reported a significant decline in membership at American churches, synagogues, and mosques in 2020. In a little over two decades, membership in faith communities dropped from 70% in 1999 to 47% in 2020. There are numerous reasons for this decline, from the rise...