Thursday, March 27, 2014

All Around the Web - March 27, 2014

The Guardian - These are the top 10 most satisfying jobs: surprised?
A thinktank looking at national wellbeing has released some research into the most satisfying careers. The most well-paid aren't the happiest, according to the results, as reported by the BBC. Members of the clergy, who earn on average £20,568 a year, are the most satisfied of all. They're followed by highly paid chief executives, but at number four another low-paid profession, that of company secretary, pops up.

Below are the top 10 occupations, their mean income and their life satisfaction rating.

1. Clergy

2. Chief executives and senior officials

3. Managers and proprietors in agriculture and horticulture

4. Company secretaries

5. Quality assurance and regulatory professionals

Thom RainerThe Importance of a Supportive Spouse in Ministry: Five Key Areas
  1. The importance of a spouse for emotional support (34% of the men and 29% of the women). A pastor recently shared with me his frustration with his church and his temptation to quit ministry. I asked him what has kept him going thus far. He told me: “The call of God and the support of my wife.” Many of us in ministry have similar stories.
  2. The importance of a spouse to accept career demands (16% of the men and 17% of the women). Someone who serves on a church staff is typically on call 24/7. Though pastors and church staff should do everything they can to give their families time, emergencies happen. Many needs are time sensitive. It takes a special spouse to handle that reality.
  3. The importance of a spouse to provide practical help (26% of the men and 13% of the women). In the HBR article, this practical help specifically addressed child raising and housekeeping and similar functions. I know a man whose wife serves as children’s minister in a church. It is very important for him to be home on weekends, particularly Sundays, because that’s his wife’s workday. He needs to be available to take care of the kids.
  4. Career advice (19% of the men and 13% of the women). I have looked to my wife every time I sensed God leading me to another place of ministry. She not only has been supportive, she has offered me wise and timely counsel. I was talking to a pastor just yesterday about a possible ministry change. He shared with me how important his wife is in providing counsel and advice.
  5. Willingness to relocate (10% of the men and 8% of the women). I feel confident that these percentages would be much higher among those in vocational ministry. The ministry is more often than not a very noble and mobile calling.

John Piper - If You Watch One Video Today, Make It This One

Eric MetaxasThe Overuse of Solitary Confinement
In 1841, Charles Dickens toured the United States. One of the places he visited was Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, which is regarded as the first modern penitentiary.

Eastern State was regarded as a “rational, humane replacement” for earlier prisons. Inmates were housed separately in relatively comfortable accommodations for the time. The expectation was that the solitude would produce reflection, which in turn, would produce repentance and rehabilitation.
Dickens was not impressed. He believed that the isolation’s “slow and daily tampering with the mysteries of the brain . . . [was] immeasurably worse than any torture of the body.”

Experience and science have confirmed Dickens’ misgivings. Yet, a census of state and federal prisons conducted in 2005 by the Bureau of Justice Statistics found nearly 82,000 inmates were held in “restricted housing.”

Slate - The Woman Who Invented the Chocolate Chip Cookie

Julia Child and James Beard have nearly as much name recognition to many Americans as the Founding Fathers. But when was the last time you ate one of their dishes? I'm betting it’s a lot longer ago than your last chocolate chip cookie.

And yet, probably not one in 20 Americans know the name of the chef who invented America’s favorite cookie, if they even realize they were invented. Chocolate chip cookies are so ubiquitous and taken for granted that many people assume they've been around as long as apple pie and ice cream and have equally ancient, anonymous origins.

These cookies were actually dreamed up within the lifetime of many living sugar addicts by a visionary named Ruth Wakefield, and it’s about time we paid homage.

She was a Depression-era owner of the Toll House restaurant in Whitman, Mass., who decided in 1938 to up the appeal of some butterscotch cookies she had been serving alongside dishes of ice cream with some cut-up pieces of chocolate bar. And thus an American dessert icon was born.

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