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).

Posts by Joe Carter

5 Facts about Black Friday

Today is the unofficial first day of the holiday shopping season. Here are five facts you should know about “Black Friday.” 1. The term “Black Friday” was coined by the Philadelphia Police Department’s traffic squad in the 1950s. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 11.25.16

Aiming at abundant lives — and livelihoods John Scott, Washington Times As the second-generation owner of a commercial construction company near Washington, D.C., I have explored the driving force behind my work. Continue Reading...

This Thanksgiving, be thankful for the low cost of food

While it may not seem like it when you’re at the supermarket checkout, Americans benefit tremendously from relatively low food prices. Consider the typical Thanksgiving feast. According to an informal price survey conducted by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), the average cost of this year’s Thanksgiving meal for ten people is $49.87—less than $5 per person. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 11.23.16

Thanksgiving Was a Triumph of Capitalism over Collectivism Richard M. Ebeling, FEE Two years of communism in practice had left alive only a fraction of the original number of the Plymouth colonists. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 11.22.16

Popcorn and lemonade sales point Detroit to fiscal health Christopher Brooks , Washington Times I have had the privilege of being born, raised and shaped by Detroit. Seeing the world through the lens of this beautiful but broken city has framed my view of human flourishing in ways that are truly amazing and counterintuitive “Unfettered” Free Trade? Continue Reading...

Did the unemployed give Trump his new job?

When you hear reports on the unemployment rate it’s usually a single number. For example, in October that number was 4.9 percent. But that single number is the national average, and can conceal a wide range at the state and local level. Continue Reading...

Does Acts 2-5 teach socialism?

“The early church was socialist.” Talk about economics and the church and you’ll eventually hear a Christian make that claim. The idea that the early chapters of the Acts of the Apostles supports the idea that Christians should be socialists is an oft-repeated as if it were both obvious and true. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 11.21.16

We can’t be pro-life if we’re not anti-poverty Katie McCoy, ERLC We can’t truly be pro-life if we’re not anti-poverty. Follow me through the facts here. How Government Spending Kills Economic Growth Daniel J. Continue Reading...

Garnett on the future of religious liberty

What is the future of religious liberty? Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) type laws, says Richard Garnett, a law professor at the University of Notre Dame. In any society where there is (a) religious and moral diversity and (b) an active, regulatory welfare state, there will — necessarily — be conflicts and tensions between (i) duly enacted, majority-supported, generally applicable laws and (ii) some citizens’ religious beliefs and exercise. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 11.18.16

Why Catholics Built Secret Astronomical Features Into Churches to Help Save Souls Geoff Manaugh, Atlas Obscura In the process of researching the phenomenon, Heilbron uncovered a surprising story of cooperation not only between religion and science, but between precision astronomical observation and Catholic liturgy, between architectural design and the Christian calendar. Continue Reading...