Listen Series, Part 1: Slow Down and Listen

Listening devices

This is the first of three lessons in the “Listen Series” about listening to God that I put together for the Harvard Avenue College Ministry Fall Retreat a few weekends ago. 

“I’m busy.” 

I can’t tell you how many times I have heard someone say this to me when I’ve asked them if they wanted to play disc golf, watch a movie, or come to an event (I’m even guilty of using it myself often).

Let’s face it. We live in a very busy culture, especially as young 20-somethings (aka “Millennials“). We have friends, classes, jobs, family, sports, and organizations pulling us in all different directions. Our days are usually busy from the time the alarm goes off in the morning until our head hits the pillow (if it even does) at night. Rarely do we take time to slow down and listen to God (not listen to music, the TV, white noise, or birdies chirping). Let’s take a look at a common biblical example of this principle found in Luke 10:38-42 (ESV):  Read more of this post

How to Save the US Postal Service

USPS Trucks lined up at sunset

The United States Postal Service is in trouble. At a critical point in its history, what will it do to stamp out its debt and continue to deliver mail? I have a few suggestions, but first let’s take a look at how the US Postal Service got to this point.  Read more of this post

Integrated Colleges: Giving Experience and Reducing Tuition

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The cost of attending a college or university is increasing at a pretty rapid rate in the United States. Many schools are scrambling for ways to increase enrollment and decrease costs in order to stay affordable and competitive, especially during the current economic downturn. In 2009-2010, the average cost to attend a four-year public university for was about $14,870 (up 57.5% from 1980-81), while the average cost of a four-year private university was around $32,475 (up 57.3% from 1980-81) (both calcuations done using constant 2008-09 dollars; Source: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2011).  With more high school students wanting to attend a place of higher education, not to mention the number of job paths now requiring an undergraduate degree, it is time for colleges to get creative to keep costs low. The schools that keep tuition costs low are more likely to meet and exceed enrollment goals.

In addition, college students are looking for opportunities to get involved both in their communities, but also at their school. With the job market becoming increasingly competitive, college students are beginning to realize that the more ways that can get involved and gain experience, the more they set themselves apart when applying for internships or jobs after graduating. However, many students have a difficult time finding relevant internships during the summer or don’t get to apply their “classroom knowledge” in real-world situations regularly.

One idea I have to solve this problem: Integrated Colleges. By ‘Integrated College’ I mean “any college or university that uses current students to accomplish daily organizational tasks in return for lower tuition and real-world experience.” This idea is similar to the “work study” model that pays students to do on-campus jobs like grounds, lab monitor, etc, but the Integrated College concept takes it one step further.  Read more of this post

Four Ways Twitter Can Improve

Twitter

I like Twitter. A lot. It has become my favorite social network to interact with people, share my thoughts, stay up-to-date on news, and stay entertained.

However, Twitter has some catching up to do. With Facebook announcing its new Timeline feature (as well as emphasizing Lists again) and Google+ going public, it is time for Twitter to consider some minor changes that will greatly improve the experience of its users. The social media site, which has faced periodical criticism for seeming lack of long-term vision, has over 200 million users and is handling approximately 200 million tweets per day. The company underwent one major site design overhaul referred to as “New Twitter” that began rolling out to users in October 2010.

Here are just a few changes that I think Twitter should make in order to enhance the user experience and stay competitive (feel free to add your own in the “Comments” below):  Read more of this post

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