Social Programs That Work

“Social Programs That Work” by Ron Haskins in the NY Times of 1/1/15. Rigorous evidence can inform spending with examples of programs that have worked well. Biblical reference: “All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one” (from the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:37).

The Ambition Explosion

Wider World—“The Ambition Explosion” by David Brooks in the New York Times, (11/27/14).  “In 1976, Daniel Bell published a book called “The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism.” Bell argued that capitalism undermines itself because it nurtures a population of ever more self-gratifying consumers.”  A related biblical theme:  “Then you will know the truth and the truth will set […]

The Cost of a Decline in Unions

“The Cost of a Decline in Unions” by Nicholas Kristof in the NY Times of 2/19/15. “The abuses [of unions] are real. But, as unions wane in American life, it’s also increasingly clear that they were doing a lot of good in sustaining middle class life — especially the private-sector unions that are now dwindling.” […]

The Decisive Marriage

“The Decisive Marriage,” by Tara Parker-Pope, couples that make decisions about their relationship are happier,

The Minimum We Can Do

THE GREAT DIVIDE BY ARINDRAJIT DUBE, NOVEMBER 30, 2013 “During most of the 20th century, wages in the United States were set not just by employers but by a mix of market and institutional mechanisms. Supply and demand were important factors; collective bargaining and minimum wage laws also played a key role. Under Presidents Franklin […]

The Other Woman: A Closer Look at Hagar

“The Other Woman: A Closer Look at Hagar” by Debbie Blue in The Christian Century of 12/10/14. When Sarah had no children, she gave her slave, Hagar, to Abraham as a wife; Hagar bore Ishamel said to be the forebear of Islam; there is tension and reconciliation in a careful reading of the text (Genesis […]

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 […]

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 […]