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Meet Our Editor, Joy Beth Smith

I have the privilege of introducing you to our new Boundless editor and project manager, Joy Beth Smith!

Joy Beth (JB) comes to us from the Christianity Today family of publications, specifically Today’s Christian Woman. A self-described “detail-oriented extrovert,” she’s single, 27, and originally from Charleston, South Carolina.

JB’s already brimming with ideas for articles, contributors and ways to increase Boundless’ reach. She even got to observe the focus group of national church, campus and parachurch leaders we brought in yesterday to discuss our newest venture, The Dating Project (more on that later).


Walk This Way: Episode 434

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Question to Discuss: What’s one small step you can take in the direction of changing one thing in your life?

Roundtable: One Step

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step,” so goes the popular saying. If there’s something you want to change in your own life, think of it as a journey requiring a first step. Our roundtable panel shares how they started small by picking one thing to change, and then went about doing it.


Grieving When God Answers Your Prayer

Last week a friend was telling me about a job she’s interviewing for. As we talked through her pros and cons list, we discussed how even if she gets the new job and loves it, she will still have days where she misses her old job. She’ll have to grieve that loss, even if God answers her prayers with a new job.

Joanna Saul touched on this idea in her recent blog post, “When Engagement is Bittersweet.” She talked about the challenges to her identity she experienced once she got engaged.


How Chewbacca Showed Us All Something About Joy

Late last week my sister showed me a video of a woman who seemed way too excited about a child’s toy she had purchased at a department store.

According to The New York Times article on the video:

It was a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in joy.

The cause was a Facebook video capturing a Texas woman’s enthusiastic, infectious laughter as she tried on a Chewbacca mask in her car.


What Donuts Taught Me About Anonymous Giving

I recently moved to a nicer office and sent an email around letting everyone know I was now on other side of the building. In the email, I jokingly invited everyone to come over for a “tour” of the new space and apologized that I didn’t have any hors d’oeuvres to share with well-wishers.

Well, I didn’t have any hors d’oeuvres yet.

I was in a meeting that morning, and when I got back to my office, a box of Dunkin’ Donuts sat on my desk.


Et Cetera: 7 Deadly Social Networks, Unlikely Allies, a Murmuration

Welcome to Et Cetera, where we feature some of our favorite Internet content. If you’d like to recommend that we feature something (even your own content) tweet us a link @BoundlessTeam and let us know. You may see it featured in the coming weeks.

First up, we have an article from The Atlantic blog that classifies social networks according to which of the seven deadly sins they’re driven by. This one’s funny and a little too close to home at the same time.


Promises, Promises: Episode 433

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Question to Discuss: How has the Spirit led you in sharing your faith?

Roundtable: Share the Love

When something is contagious, not only is it spread, it also makes an impact. How can we transmit our faith in a way that is Spirit-led and relationally potent? Is it even possible in a culture where being a Christian is considered “extreme”? Our roundtable weighs in.

Culture: Promises of the Promised Land

Jewish culture expert and beloved Bible teacher Ray Vander Laan is back, showing us how to bring the shalom of Jesus to a broken world.


When You Can’t Carpe Diem

As a young Millennial who wants to travel everywhere, save the world, find true love, and have an amazing career — all by the time I turn 24 — I am slowly realizing that some of those huge dreams simply won’t happen. Carpe diem — seize the day — which seems to be the mantra of my generation, echoes endlessly, while life seems to be sliding by. My dreams, or what I thought were my dreams, are disappearing, replaced by the mundane and ordinary.


Don’t Let FOMO Ruin Your Life

Last week, I sent my sister a cute video of my 3-year-old daughter dancing. A few minutes later, I received the following text back:

“Cute! Better send it to Mom. She’s having FOMO over here.”

FOMO — or the fear of missing out — has been “a thing” for half a decade or more. In fact, in 2013, the term was added to the Oxford English Dictionary, where it is described as, “Anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.”

According to an article originating from Texas A&M, FOMO has reached critical mass among Millennials:

FOMO is especially rampant in the millennial community because they see a peer achieving something they want, and somehow in their mind, that achievement means something is being ‘taken away’ from them,” said Darlene McLaughlin, M.D., assistant professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and a psychiatry and behavioral health specialist with Texas A&M Physicians.


A Good Reason to Buck the Millennial Job-Hopping Trend

If I were an employer, I would be concerned about Millennial employees after reading a recent Gallup report. According to the report, 60% of Millennials are open to leaving their companies for better positions (that’s 15% higher than non-Millennials). And almost 40% plan on looking for a new job in the next year if the job market improves. But there’s more.

Only 29% of Millennials are “emotionally and behaviorally connected to their job and company.” As for the other two-thirds: 16% are “actively disengaged, meaning they are more or less out to do damage to their company.” And the other 55% are “‘checked out’ — not putting energy or passion into their jobs.