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The Christian Exodus From Egypt
Samuel Tadros, Wall Street Journal

For Copts, a persecuting dictator was preferable to the Islamist mob.

Sell All That You Have
R.C. Sproul, Jr. Ligonier Ministries

Jesus told the rich young fool that he must sell all that he had, give it to the poor, and follow him. Is this true for all who would follow Jesus?

The Entrepreneurial Vocation
Elise Amyx, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

Everything we do in Christ contributes to the Kingdom he is building, and will bring in full when he returns. That refers to the work of mothers and fathers, the missionaries and pastors, the construction workers and janitors, even the investment bankers and entrepreneurs. Each vocation is seen as equally important and honorable in the eyes of God.

California’s Crony Capitalism Problem
Steven Greenhut, Reason

Gov. Jerry Brown and the redevelopment scam.

Joe Carter Joe Carter is a Senior Editor at the Acton Institute. Joe also serves as an editor at the The Gospel Coalition, a communications specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and as an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He is the editor of the NIV Lifehacks Bible and co-author of How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator (Crossway).


  • lovebroker

    Universal Destination of Goods…redistribution of wealth . I just happened to come across Mr. Berry article on the Universal destination of goods. He apparently has a very poor understanding of this Catholic doctrine. Private property must be used for the good of all man kind not only the rightful steward! The doctrine further states that private property must first to be used in the service of those in need ,then to the rightful steward/owner We must understand God is the rightful owner . It must also be understood that no theft has occurred of said property when it has been used for primordial needs such as food, shelter, health care ect!!! This concept has nothing to do with socialism . Furthermore when Stewardship fails, and make no mistake it has failed, the Government is obligated to pick up the slack. To suggest that those to whom the duty of stewardship has been placed have done a adequate job is absurd and ridiculous. 30,000 children die every single day from starvation. What poor stewards we are. some suggest we are over taxed and this is why we are are such poor stewards again this is absolutely ridiculous. Of course we are over taxed but can this really justify 30,000 children dying from starvation every single day. Silly at best!

    The rule of law is the necessary condition for the establishment of an authentic democracy. For democracy to develop, there is a need for civic education and the promotion of public order and peace. In effect, there is no authentic and stable democracy without social justice. Thus the Church needs to pay greater attention to the formation of consciences, which will prepare the leaders of society for public life at all levels, promote civic education, respect for law and for human rights, and inspire greater efforts in the ethical train-ing of political leaders.(Ecclesia in America, n. 56)

    But authority is not to be thought of as a force lacking all control. Indeed, since it is the power to command according to right reason, authority must derive its obligatory force from the moral order, which in turn has God for its first source and final end. Where-fore our Predecessor of happy memory, Pius XII, said: “The absolute order of living beings and man’s very destiny (We are speaking of man who is free, bound by obligations and endowed with inalienable rights, and at once the basis of society and the purpose for which it exists) also includes the state as a necessary society invested with the authority without which it could not come into being or live…. And since this absolute order, as we learn from sound reason, and especially from the Christian faith, can have no origin save in God Who is our Creator, it follows that the dignity of the State’s authority is due to its sharing to some extent in the authority of God Himself”(Pius XII, Christmas Eve Radio Message, 1944).(Pacem in Terris, n. 47)

    • fundamentalist

      “We must understand God is the rightful owner.”

      Yes, God owns everything, but in man’s relationship with man, God has set limitations on using other people’s property:”thou shalt not steal, covet or envy.” That includes the government.

      “It must also be understood that no theft has occurred of said property when it has been used for primordial needs such as food, shelter, health care ect!!! This concept has nothing to do with socialism .”

      It is socialism. Socialism is the elimination of private property.

      According to church scholars of Salamanca in the 16th century, the state receives its authority from the consent of the people. The people give the state authority to protect their lives, liberty and property and the state must stay within those bounds.