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Michael Luo strolls through midtown Manhattan to a sushi lunch, musing about his latest apartment renovations and the New York Knicks. But when conversation turns to his work these days—reporting for The New York Times on loopholes in current ...

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BLAKE STACK

December 14, 2013  7:02am

Thanks for the article. Micheal's work is an encouragement to both Christian's and non-Christian's alike. The challenging part, for me, is the title of this piece. In our effort to inspire others to work for the common good, we should be less focused on a person's status and more on humble faithfulness. (Andy's recent article on "Pastor Mark" speaks to this.) The reality is, most Christians will spend their entire lives learning to accept their constraints instead of "climbing the ladder." How can our conversations about working for the common good honor that? In addition, it would be interesting to hear about the "non-hero's" that have been a part of Michael's success.

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Nettie Wood

December 10, 2013  1:20pm

Excellent article. Betty Brenner was a reporter for the Flint Journal several years ago, a name probably not known by those who read the New York Times but is one among several reporters of religious news that I have admired. As a Christian, I love communicating with individuals from diverse, world views. Surprisingly, in a city that was filled with individuals classified as having 'shop mentalities' I found such an audience among those who taught in the colleges and university, along with some who did work in construction, auto plants who could intelligently agree to disagree on religion but were not closed minded, wanting to see, learn from, examine the views of others as it related to religion. We need more articles and reporters like the one who is working for the New York Times. He is very insightful.

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Jeff Finley

December 03, 2013  10:40pm

Thank you for this story. Luo's comments resonated with my experiences as a former newspaper reporter and editor. I'm using this for the Fundamentals of Journalism course I teach online for Greenville College.

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LINNEA BOESE

November 23, 2013  9:46am

I have a journalism degree, but as a missionary in West Africa have only been able to keep up with what is happening in professional journalism from a huge distance. This portrait of Michael is deeply exciting to me. His passion for truth, for letting words tell the story with as much accuracy as possible, is what makes a good writer in any field. And it is just what the U.S. needs. (The whole world needs it.) Praise the Lord for putting Michael in a place where his words have huge impact.

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