The Shanghai Secret

By Thomas L. Friedman Oct. 22, 2013 “SHANGHAI — Whenever I visit China, I am struck by the sharply divergent predictions of its future one hears. Lately, a number of global investors have been “shorting” China, betting that someday soon its powerful economic engine will sputter, as the real estate boom here turns to a bust. […]

The Source of New York’s Greatness

“The Source of New York’s Greatness”, by Russell Shorto in the NY Times of 9/7/14; the Dutch set the stage in the New Amsterdam of the 1620s with tolerance of religious difference and an entrepreneurial, free-trading culture;

Three Major Learnings of Member Mission By The Rev. A. Wayne Schwab

[Situation: the theme for the Lenten series with visiting preachers was mission at work.  This sermon was planned to end the series with a focus on living the mission everywhere.  A flyer which announced the series was mailed as Lent began and carried an insert about the “Sunday with Member Mission,” which would conclude it.   […]

Through an Astronaut’s Eyes: What We Learn about Earth from Space

“Through an Astronaut’s Eyes: What We Learn about Earth from Space” by Manuel Canales, Matthew W. Chwastyk, and Eve Conant from “One Strange Rock: 13 Things that Make Life on Earth Possible” in National Geographic (April 2018). “. . . our planet is flush with life . . . thanks to the fortuitous set of […]

Time to Divest from the Fossil Fuel Industry?

Divesting from stock in fossil fuels.

To Help Kids Thrive, Coach Their Parents

“To Help Kids Thrive, Coach Their Parents” by Paul Tough in the New York Times (5/22/16).  “A team of researchers from the University of the West Indies embarked on an experiment that has done a great deal, over time, to change our thinking about how to help children succeed, especially those living in poverty.  Its […]

Twelve-year-old starts an association to advance Bedouin women, A

A 12-year-old advances some Bedouin Women.

Volunteer group leader for families of the mentally ill, A

Helping the mentally ill and their families.

Wedding Guests in Jumpsuits

“Wedding Guests in Jumpsuits” by Chris Hoke in The Christian Century of 1/21/15 who led a Bible study group in a prison. From the group: in the wedding banquet parable, the man without a wedding garment did not want to look like one of the street people who had put on the wedding garments. See […]

What Debate On Inequality Is Missing

“What Debate On Inequality Is Missing” by Eduardo Potter in the NY Times of 5/6/15.  How tax policies, subsidies, legal protections and other mechanisms can aid wealth accumulation and overlook the rest.  A similar biblical theme: “The laborer deserves his wages” (1 Timothy 5:18).