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

PowerLinks 07.27.16

Does welfare policy discourage marriage? AEI Means-tested benefits in well-meaning welfare policies are negatively impacting the institution of marriage these days. Land Everywhere and Not a Place to Live Alex Tabarrok, Marginal Revolution Land use regulations raise prices, reduce mobility and increase income inequality in the United States. Continue Reading...

Explainer: The Prohibition on Political Speech in Churches

Why is political speech in churches back in the news? During his speech at the recent Republican National Convention, Donald Trump said, “An amendment, pushed by Lyndon Johnson many years ago, threatens religious institutions with a loss of their tax-exempt status if they openly advocate their political views.” The new GOP platform also says the “federal government, specifically the IRS, is constitutionally prohibited from policing or censoring speech based on religious convictions or beliefs” and urges the repeal of the so-called “Johnson Amendment.” What is the Johnson Amendment? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.26.16

How Government Cronies Redefined the Catfish Veronique de Rugy, Reason.com An industry clamored for more regulation—because it had a financial interest in doing so. TANF and Two-Parent Families Shawn Fremstad, Family Studies There is little reason to think TANF is providing assistance to most struggling two-parent families. Continue Reading...

Is Free Trade a Form of Warfare?

Throughout his presidential campaign Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed that Mexico is “killing us on trade” because of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This metaphor of trade as war or conflict is a common trope among leftists. Continue Reading...

Faded Memories Are Leading to a Rejection of Free Markets

After almost a hundred years of seeing the effects of socialism and other government interventions in the market, American attitudes began to change in the 1980s and 1990s. The benefits of deregulation and privatization began to seem obvious and more people began to embrace free enterprise. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.25.16

How Does Economics Help Christians Contribute to the Kingdom of God? Kathryn Feliciano, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics If Christians want to be more effective in their ministry, then economics is a very good mental tool to have in their toolbox. Continue Reading...

Economics Is for Everyone

People have strong opinions on a variety of subjects in which they don’t have an advanced degree or training. Yet when it comes to economics many people defer to “experts.” But as Ha-Joon Chang, a South Korean economist who specializes in development, says, “Economics is for everyone.” Chang argues that we shouldn’t rely on experts to tell us what is true about economics (because they probably don’t know) but instead rely on our own commonsense to help us make sense of a complicated world. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 07.22.16

5 Facts about Captive Nations Week Joe Carter, ERLC In 1959, during the height of the Cold War, President Eisenhower signed into law a joint declaration of Congress recognizing “Captive Nations Week” and issued a proclamation that has been reissued by every U.S. Continue Reading...