Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, December 31, 2015
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top-10As we close out the year, we want to thank our PowerBlog readers for reading and contributing to our blog. If you’re a new reader we encourage you to catch up by checking out our top 10 most popular posts for 2015:

1. A Guide to Laudato Si: A Section-By-Section Summary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment
Joe Carter

Pope Francis has released his eagerly anticipated encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si’. While the document deserves a close reading, it’s extreme length (80 pages/45,000 words) will make it difficult for many people to process. To help highlight some of the key points I’ve produced a section-by-section summary of the entire encyclical.

2. Bernie Sanders Loves to Decry ‘Casino Capitalism,’ But What About Economic Freedom?
Joseph Sunde

One could be forgiven for not understanding what Sanders means by “casino capitalism.” Is it crony capitalism, in which legislative favors are secured by the rich and powerful (which conservatives also disdain)? Is it bailouts for the big banks (which, again, conservatives also disdain)? Is it basic trade and exchange on a large, complex scale, and if so, at what size does it become problematic? Does he despise the stock exchange itself? Too loud with all its blinky lights and bells?

3. How the Federal Government May Put Christian Schools Out of Business
Joe Carter

With seven words—“It is going to be an issue”—the U.S. government signaled to orthodox Christian colleges and universities that if they don’t drop their opposition to same-sex marriage they will lose their tax exempt status.

4. Wheaton College Refuses to Bow to Caesar’s Demands
Joe Carter

Over the past couple of years the Obama administration has made it clear that when religious freedom conflicts with their political agenda, religious believers are the ones that will have to set aside their conscientious objections. And to be honest, I suspected that would be what happened more often than not.

5. Rev. Robert Sirico Takes On Trump’s Comments On Pope Francis
Elise Hilton

The Rev. Robert Sirico, who has voiced his own concerns regarding the pope’s economic views, clearly was not impressed with Trump’s views on how to deal with the views of “the people’s pope.”

6. John Oliver’s Real Target Isn’t Crooked Televangelists—It’s Conservative Churches
Joe Carter

If you’ve been on social media in the past year you’ve likely seen one of your liberal friends post a clip from Oliver’s show. There’s nothing particularly insightful about Oliver, but he has a British accent which leads Americans to assume he’s intelligent and profound.

7. Message from an Assyrian Christian Fighter
John Couretas

The fate of more than 200 Assyrian Christians kidnapped by ISIS in northern Syria remains unknown (19 have been released), but fears of “a slaughter of major proportions” are well founded. The Assyrian International News Agency posted a plea from an Assyrian Christian fighter with the picture you see above from the front lines of the battle against ISIS.

8. 20 Key Quotes from Pope Francis’s Address to Congress
Joe Carter

In his 30 minutes speech, which he delivered in English, the pope touched on wide range of issues, from the economics to the environment to global poverty. Here are twenty key quotes from that address.

9. Why the $70,000 Minimum Wage is Doomed to Fail
Joe Carter

The media reaction to the story has been about as fawning and uncritical as you would expect. While Price is rightfully being praised for his generosity (he’s cutting his own pay from $1 million to $70,000 a year to fund the pay increase), few people have—so far—pointed out how his largess may soon put his employees out of a job. Here’s why.

10. My Response to Rolling Stone Magazine’s Claim that Pope Francis is Taking on ‘Conservative U.S. Clerics’
Rev. Robert Sirico

I wrote a response to this article and sent it to Rolling Stone editors but they, not surprisingly, declined to publish it. Here it is in full.

Acton University 2015 Lecture Bundle

Acton University 2015 Lecture Bundle

Own all 96 of the lectures from Acton University 2015 on a USB flash drive with this inexpensive bundle. Valued at $191, these lectures were recorded live at Acton University 2015 sessions. The drive itself comes with lectures numbered, including the lecturer and course title in the file name. Includes

Plenary Lectures from:

Dr. Samuel Gregg, Director of Research Acton Institute and author of Becoming Europe

Rev. Robert Sirico, co-founder of the Acton Institute and author of Defending the Free Market

Dr. Gregory Thornbury, President of the King's College

Joel Salatin, Entrepreneur and Alternative Farmer

Includes lectures from the following popular speakers:

Charlie Self, author of Flourishing Churches and Communities: A Pentecostal Primer on Faith, Work, and Economics for Spirit-Empowered Discipleship
Michael Butler, author of Creation and the Heart of Man: An Orthodox Perspective on Environmentalism
Vincent Bacote, Director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College                
Anthony Bradley, author of Keep Your Head Up and Liberating Black Theology

 

Visit the official Acton University website for information on attending in person!


  • Steve Vinzinski

    The Federal Government can not take away the tax exempt status of Christian Colleges.That ruling was five to four on same sex marriage,First off we have separation of powers and the House and Senate would NEVER amend section 502.They would have to be necro in nature to quote the late Chairman Bill,William F.Buckley,Jr.At least two justices almost did not join the majority read their opinion.Most likely one would need a Constitutional Amendment I do not know of one State that would pass it.Remember there are millions of non-profits in hundred’s of fields that do not approve of same sex marriage.I mean colleges hunting clubs,sporting groups on and on.I do not think you could find more than a few politicians on any level that would take away the tax exempt status of any non profit.You certainly do not have the support of the House.

  • Steve Vinzinski

    To follow up the below article two points how dare does anyone tamper with the First Amendment.The Catholic Church according to ABC News makes up about twenty eight percent of the voting population.Remember eleven states elect the President by 2020 only ten.Our current President used the blue state plan.The nation as a whole has some ninety five plus per cent Christian population.That you can find in Google.Elected officials know the road to victory is not offending your voters.Remember the Tea Party debacle did not several IRS heads retire early.