At the end of the work week, we want to highlight five articles that caught our attention at iAt this week.
1. Christianity Today: Domestic Neglect: Can you hear the silent screams at home?
Our culture of overwork is creating a crisis. “Americans are working longer weeks than ever. The Center for American Progress (a liberal D.C. think tank) reports that 86 percent of men and 67 percent of women now work more than 40 hours a week. They are skipping vacations to boot. We Americans don’t get that much to begin with. After 10 years of service, the average German gets 20 days of paid vacation, the English, 28, and the Finns, 30. Americans? Fifteen days—and we’re not even taking them….It’s not hard to imagine the toll this takes on family …”
2. Christianity Today: Into the Fiery Furnace: Christian Couple Burned in Pakistan for ‘Blasphemy’
“After a fact-finding trip, the Church of Pakistan claims that ‘revenge for unpaid bills’ was the real reason a Christian couple fell afoul of blasphemy rumors that led to a mob burning them to death. The Anglican Communion News Service reports more details, as does Vice News. A Wall Street Journal op-ed notes how Pakistan’s blasphemy laws, ‘almost as a matter of routine, are misused to settle personal scores.'”
3. Relevant: The Unexpected Things Millennials Want in Church
A new study has a few surprises for those who think they have millennials and the church figured out.
4. Relevant: This Short Video about Body Image is Moving
“The filmmakers at The Jubilee Project teamed with a company called iNature Skincare to create this short YouTube film that examines how differently kids and adults think about body image. Just when you think you know where the message is going to go, it takes a pretty awesome left turn …”
5. The Washington Post: Why We are Looking at the ‘Value’ of College All Wrong
“There is a national debate about whether going to college is worth the increasingly hefty price tag. The argument against it is that many students come out four — or five or six — years later and can’t find a job that pays a lot, or they can’t find a job at all. But in this post, St. John’s College President Christopher B. Nelson argues that ‘education and economics are essentially incompatible’ and that the economic lens is the wrong way to judge education.”