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Rev. Robert Sirico, President of the Acton Institute and Jeff Sandefer, entrepreneur, teacher and educational innovator, have co-authored the new book, “The Field Guide to the Hero’s Journey: inspirational classics and practical advice from a serial entrepreneur and an entrepreneurial priest”. The book is set to be released in early December.

Rev. Sirico and Mr. Sandefer sat down to discuss their collaboration.

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Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, November 15, 2012
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Waning evangelical influence
Anthony Bradley, World

With these cultural dynamics, Republicans, in order to take back the White House, are going to have to start appealing to their new actual base: deistic fiscal moderates.

Papal nuncio: Catholic division undermines religious freedom
Catholic News Service

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano has told the University of Notre Dame that there is a concrete “menace” to religious liberty in the U.S. that is advancing in part because some influential Catholic public figures and university professors are allied with those opposed to Church teaching.

Failing School Ranks Every Teacher and Principal ‘Highly Effective’
Tom Gantert, Michigan Capital Confidential

State has Hazel Park schools as failing, but its teachers all get highest marks

3 Tips from Proverbs About Finances
Robert Waruszewski, Ignitum Today

Life can change in an instant. That “secure” job you had today could be gone to tomorrow. The home you worked diligently to own could be gone in the blink of an eye through a natural disaster.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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Catholic bishops fail to agree on statement on the economy

A divided Catholic hierarchy on Tuesday (Nov. 13) failed to agree on a statement about the economy after a debate that revealed sharp differences over the kind of social justice issues that were once a hallmark of the bishops’ public profile.

When the Gospel Invades Your Office
Matt Smethurst interviews Tim Keller, The Gospel Coalition

God put work into the Garden of Eden, so work must be an enormous good, something that fits and fulfills part of our design.

Obama, Religious Liberty, And The Constitution
James Poulos, Forbes

The upshot of America’s pro-religious culture and founding law is simple: a practical resistance to drawing bright lines between entities that ‘are’, in some metaphysical way, secular, and those that ‘are’ religious.

Church cannot live with contraception mandate, bishops say
Michelle Bauman, Catholic news Agency

In the aftermath of the Nov. 6 elections, the U.S. bishops stressed that they will push ahead with defending religious liberty from the Obama administration’s contraception mandate, which cannot be lived with as it stands.

“Forever stamps” are a form of non-denominated postage first introduced in 2006. The U.S. Postal Service recently issued a “Four Flags” version which “continues [the U.S. Postal Service’s] tradition of honoring the Stars and Stripes.” But there seems something peculiar—even a bit ominous—about the new stamps.

Is the USPS trying to send us a message that freedom and liberty in America won’t last forever? Well, probably not. Turns out that when images of postage stamps are printed, a line is drawn through the denomination. So the weird juxtaposition is not a political warning but just another example of the problems that can arise from inflexible bureaucratic rule-following.

(Via: TYWKIWDBI)

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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In this entertaining video Walter Williams, Professor of Economics at George Mason University, explains why the free market is morally superior to other economic systems. My favorite part comes near the beginning when Williams explains that money is a form of “certificate of performance” that serves as proof of having served our neighbors.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
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Re-elected, Obama takes aim at religious liberty
Timothy P. Carney Washington Examiner

As an old saw has it, “your right to swing your fist ends at the tip of my nose.” The Obama administration says your right to live as a Christian ends if you go into business

Religious protections are worth keeping
Melissa Musick Nussbaum, National Catholic Register

Exercise is an interesting word because it presumes action. Religious freedom does not simply mean the freedom to think, a power, one presumes, even the most oppressive regimes cannot hold over their citizens.

The Party of Work
David Brooks, New York Times

They created an American creed, built, as the sociologist Seymour Martin Lipset put it, around liberty, individualism, equal opportunity, populism and laissez-faire.

Russell Kirk on Cultivating the Good Life
Bruce Frohen, The Imaginative Conservative

Kirk knew the value of economic liberty. Living by his wit and wisdom he could support himself only in a free economy.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, November 12, 2012
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Is Feeling Good Enough to Fight Poverty?
Elise Amyx, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

One of rock ‘n’ roll’s most outspoken activists recently made a startling statement concerning an often overlooked method of poverty alleviation.

Liberty and a Free Press
Ted McAllister, Public Discourse

Can the press still prevent a tyrannical majority opinion as it did in Tocqueville’s time?

The Plight of an American Small Business Owner
Joy Pullmann, Values & Capitalism

Government regulations and taxes have increased “since 2008” he said, to the point where a small business can hardly afford to exist.

Want Your Kids To Attend College? Go To Church, Study Finds
Melissa Steffan, Christianity Today

Churchgoing youth are 70 percent more likely to enroll in college than unaffiliated peers, research finds.