New and Improved Church

Observations: a web log

New and Improved Church


Last year, my lunch with Michael Lindvall, turned out to be a remarkable encounter. Lindvall is pastor of Brick Presbyterian Church, our family’s church in New York City. He was thrilled to share with me a recent sermon I had not heard in person. As a marketing professional, I would have special interest in this one, he [...]

A Long Path to Perfection

Douglas King

We don’t make much of a fuss about saints in America. We talk more about movie stars, rock gods, media darlings, and YouTube celebrities. Heroes are another matter. We do believe in heroes. Saints? Not so much. I wonder if it’s partly because our game is often about elevating someone only to pull them down [...]

Soros Fellow’s Sisterhood

sejal hathi

At 21, Sejal Hathi still has the voice of a teenager, but she’s as articulate and confident as a seasoned entrepreneur — which is exactly what she is. When she was only 15, she founded Girls Helping Girls, as a pen pal organization linking teenage girls in the San Francisco Bay area, where she grew up, with [...]

Economy Pivots on Education

school room

America needs to employ more people. Job growth and employment have been sluggish for years now. Part of the key to reducing unemployment is to improve our educational system. In the ever more competitive global marketplace, skill and knowledge are at a premium. We would do well to learn from other countries about how to [...]

Religion and/or faith

Tim Keller

I know the truth, and you don’t. I’m right and you’re wrong. This implicit assertion underlies nearly everything going wrong in our politics today, as well as most other fields that have become polarized and, thus, politicized. Liberals think conservatives are evil. Conservatives think liberals are naïve. Each camp believes it knows what’s up, and [...]

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