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As we come near to the end of another year, we want to thank readers of PowerBlog for reading, commenting, and sharing our posts over the past twelve months.

If you’re a new reader we encourage you to catch up by checking out our top ten most popular posts for 2017.

1. Explainer: What you should know about the GOP tax plan
Joe Carter

Earlier today, Congressional Republicans introduced the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the House version of their long-promised tax reform legislation. Here is what you should know about the bill.

2. How to understand Snowpiercer (Posted in 2014)
Joe Carter

Snowpiercer is the most political film of the year. And likely to be one of the most misunderstood.

3. 5 Facts about Frederick Douglass
Joe Carter

February 14 is the chosen birthday of Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), one of America’s greatest champions of individual liberty. Here are five facts you should know about this writer, orator, statesman, and abolitionist.

4. A Guide to Laudato Si: A Section-By-Section Summary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment (Posted in 2015)
Joe Carter

ope 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.

5. What Christians Should Know About Bitcoin (Part 1 of 3) (Posted in 2013)
Joe Carter

We recognize that Bitcoin is a significant phenomenon but need to become more familiar in order to develop an informed opinion and be able to “think Christianly” about it’s value and implications.

6. Why is George Washington the Greatest President? (Posted in 2014)
Ray Nothstine

Washington’s moral model of leadership is timeless. In everything he said and did, he affirmed the spirit of the American Revolution.

7. How Christian conservatives are breeding Bolsheviks
Joe Carter

The specter of socialism isn’t new, of course. Long before it haunted young Christians on the Internet, it was a concern of the business community. In the 1930s, Scot Tissue ran an advertisement asking, “Is Your Bathroom Breeding Bolsheviks?”

8. 5 facts about Martin Luther King, Jr.
Joe Carter

Today Americans observe a U.S. federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King’s birthday, January 15.

9. Review: A visually powerful tribute to The Dunkirk Spirit
Ray Nothstine

In a new blockbuster film, director Christopher Nolan faithfully captures for the big screen the frantic chaos and desperation of the Allied forces at Dunkirk in 1940. It is another vivid reminder that, as so many throughout history have reminded us, “War is hell.”

10. The truth about Cuba’s health care system (Posted in 2016)
Joe Carter

When Fidel Castro died last week many on the political left embarrassed themselves by praising the despot. A prime example is Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who was excoriated for saying that Castro was a “legendary revolutionary and orator” who made “significant improvements” to the healthcare system of his country.

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).

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