CHICAGO, IL (June 15, 2018) – Covenanters routinely share links to social media articles and videos that Covenant News Service believes may be of interest to others. Each Friday we post five of them. Following is a sample of those submissions—their inclusion does not represent an endorsement by the Covenant of any views expressed.
Steve Burger, director of children, family and intergenerational ministries for the ECC, has been publishing insightful posts about enhancing ministry in an area that often is overlooked or stuck in a rut.
From the article: “A general ongoing rhythm of worship elements helps children feel more comfortable because they intuitively know what will be coming next, and repetition of songs and prayers helps them to participate.”
Researchers say there is a loneliness epidemic in the country, which has seemed to hit men especially hard as large-scale men’s ministries have floundered or diminished. As some seek to revive gender-specific ministries, questions of approach and what good masculinity means are being debated.
From the article: “[Boston Globe reporter] Billy Baker jokes that he became ‘America’s No. 1 middle-aged loser’ in the spring of 2017, after a Boston Globe Magazinepiece he wrote on the loneliness epidemic went viral. ‘I’m hesitant to say I’m lonely, though I’m clearly a textbook case of the silent majority of middle-aged men who won’t admit they’re starved for friendship, even if all signs point to the contrary,’ he wrote. ‘Now that I’ve been forced to recognize it, the question is what to do about it.’”
The popularity of “true crime” podcasts and TV shows, such as “Serial” and “Making a Murder,” which offer critiques of various aspects of our current justice system, continues to increase. This article points to the works of Fyodor Dostoyevsky as precedent for the genre. Writing in nineteenth-century Russia, Dostoyevsky critiqued a popular jurisprudence system and focused on the concepts of individual and collective guilt in his novels The Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment.
From the article: “Dostoyevsky ultimately wanted people to feel more at ease with the concept of guilt, to embrace it as a feature of common humanity and to recognize our own complicity in the everyday acts of violence (cruelty, lack of love, stinginess) that drive people to moral transgressions.”
Resilience is increasingly being seen as a more important goal than happiness—happiness generally lasts for a short period of time, but resilience can affect every aspect of our lives.
From the article: “Psychologists say resilience is a developed skill, not a talent of unique people blessed with a special character. It’s increasingly being taught to adults and children. For example, in Silver Spring, Maryland, anxious fifth-graders take a 12-week intensive training course called the Resilience Builder Program.”
Perhaps they’ve gotten it right this time. Why 10 percent of the population is left-handed is a question scientists have spent a lot of time studying. They no longer believe it’s due to brain differences between right- and left-handed people. But there are new theories. It is unclear when people start to develop a preference, but the next time you check a sonogram, see which thumb your baby is sucking. It might be a clue.