Feature Articles

Aug 24, 2014

A Letter to My Younger Self: From Online to Oprah

Cornell Professor Karl Pillemer interviewed over a thousand senior citizens for The Legacy Project , collecting advice that later found its way into a book entitled 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans . Advice for Work and Life Most of the people interviewed recommend...Read more +
Aug 27, 2014

A Letter To My Younger Self, Glynn Young

Dear Glynn, I’m looking back to a moment, sometime in the spring of 1970, when you considering a decision to switch majors. You were discouraged by chemistry, and how many courses lay ahead for a pre-med major. And you knew that you heart wasn’t in pre-med; instead, your father’s heart...Read more +
Aug 24, 2014

A Letter to My Younger Self: Trust Yourself

Dear girl, Yes, you always will be a girl—or at least part of you will. Fifty feels decidedly ungirlish, I know, but believe me when I tell you this: fifty truly is nifty. Such a great age! The hard work of growing up, navigating relationships, figuring out what it means...Read more +
Aug 26, 2014

"What Are the Important Decisions?" - Steve Norris

"What are the important decisions?" - Steve Norris
The most important decisions I make as a leader are how I treat people. You know, we’re a company, we’re here to make a profit, we’re here to do good work, but really it has to do with relationships.Read more +
Aug 26, 2014

A Letter to My Younger Self: 20/20 Vision

I am an adult third culture kid. My first memories come from early mornings on a rooftop in the southern part of Pakistan. We would sleep on the high flat roof, mosques on all four sides of our home. Mosquito netting covered our beds, shielding our bodies from the harm...Read more +
Aug 26, 2014

What Ferguson Taught Us: Two Ways You Can Pray for Your Community

At The High Calling we talk a lot about vocation and calling and the integration of faith and work. Sometimes, as we do our work, we make mistakes. Sometimes, mistakes are made by others. Sometimes, our credibility at work and in our community comes into question. Sometimes, our credibility deserves...Read more +
Aug 26, 2014

What Ferguson Taught Us: Pick Up Your Corner

I was in the front row of the sanctuary, face-to-face with a woman’s raw pain, running liquid down her brown cheeks. She was standing at the podium—with her eyes closed, face lifted toward heaven, arms raised. A man stood at the piano, hunting for the right notes, like he knew...Read more +
Aug 24, 2014

A Letter to My Younger Self: Three Crucial Needs in Your Life

“Keep on with the talents that the Lord has given you. You weren’t put on earth to be a loner. If you are a loner, you have real problems ahead of you.” This is part of the advice that Richard Eckart, 80, would give if he could write a letter...Read more +
Aug 25, 2014

A Letter to My Younger Self, Eileen Knowles

Yo, Younger Self, what up?!? Okay, so maybe I wouldn’t start a letter to my younger self that way. Unless, of course, I was trying way too hard to convince my younger self how cool I turned out. Yep, this once clarinet-toting, marching band member who used to hide in...Read more +
Aug 24, 2014

A Letter to My Younger Self: BBQ Networking

I pull my specialty burgers from the fridge to bring them to room temp. Our son Matt and his wife of one year, Jessica, will arrive in an hour or so. They come by a couple of Sunday afternoons a month for a BBQ. My wife, Cindy, and I eagerly...Read more +

Daily Reflection From Laity Lodge

Joseph of Arimathea

Mark 15:43 introduces a man named Joseph, who was from Arimathea, a small town northwest of Jerusalem. He is identified as “an honored member of the high council” (15:43). We know this council by another name, the Sanhedrin. This body, composed of the most prominent Jewish leaders, exercised considerable authority over Jewish life, under the Roman governor, of course. Thus Joseph was a prominent figure in Judea during the time of Jesus. Given the fact that he owned a grave...Read more +