Friday's News & Ideas

  • Colleges are struggling with money. I mean, really struggling
  • Does loving God help or hinder success?
  • Some of King’s own preaching for the holiday weekend

News & Ideas, Jan. 16

Forecast Adjusted ... Downward. InsideHigherEd: While it’s not surprising that college fund raisers expect giving to decline this calendar year, a new report shows just how dramatically development officers’ outlooks have changed in the last few months.

Intelligent Design or Intelligible Design? Chronicle of Higher Education: Biologist Frederick Grinnell writes that he finds “that the difference between the claims of religion and of science can be …a reflection of distinct human attitudes toward experience based on different types of faith.”

Does Spirituality Drive Success?Working Knowledge: Is there a place for spirituality in the workplace? Executives from Silicon Valley to Boston tell how they twine their business leadership with religious and personal values in a 2002 forum.

Q & A: William BrindleyStanford Social Innovation Review: William Brindley spent most of his career keeping financial institutions at the leading edge of technology. Now, as CEO of the nonprofit consortium NetHope, he is using those same skills to help nonprofits do the same.

The Spark

The Drum Major InstinctIn a sermon called “The Drum Major Instinct,” the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said: “If you want to be important -- wonderful. If you want to be recognized -- wonderful. If you want to be great --wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. … You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love. And you can be that servant.” The sermon was delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta Feb. 4, 1968. The full text is online at the MLK Papers Project; to hear a recording of this quote, go to The King Center website.