Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Monday, November 11, 2013

What a Veteran Knows
Joe Carter, ERLC

There are some things only a veteran knows.

Classical Education & Freedom from Specialization
Gracy Olmstead, The American Conservative

Our modern world is obsessed with specialization. Yet this specialization is often unhealthy, both culturally and personally.

How Churches Can Help Without Hurting After Super Typhoon Haiyan
Jamie Aten, Christianity Today

Rule #1: Don’t jump into action before you know the needs on the ground.

8 Ways to Live Missionally in the Workplace
Melissa Bradley, Faith Village

The following is my feeble attempt to express 8 ways you can live missionally in your workplace.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Friday, November 8, 2013

The Conservative Record on Environmental Policy
Jonathan H. Adler, The New Atlantis

Not opposed to environmental protection as an idea, conservatives and their political allies stressed the need for “balance” and warned that even the most well-intended regulations could have unintended consequences.

Supreme Court hears case on legislative prayer
Associated Press

A challenge to prayers at the start of a New York town’s council meetings is the Supreme Court’s latest attempt to find the appropriate role for religion in government.

The Vice Of Envy
Rod Dreher, The American Conservative

In reading The Divine Comedy, I learn that the medievals thought of Envy in a slightly but significantly different way. To them, Envy was hatred of the fact that others had what one didn’t have. Do you see the difference?

ObamaCare’s Crony Capitalism: Worse than We Thought
Seth Mandel, Commentary

So why would the administration choose not to label them according to observable reality? Because, as the Times explained, this decision–believe it or not–exempts ObamaCare from kickback restrictions and anti-fraud protections:

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Thursday, November 7, 2013

Capital Vices and Commercial Virtues
Jordan J. Ballor, The University Bookman

One of the key realities that Capital communicates about wealth is that it does not in itself change who we are.

Catholic schools work for kids
Naomi Schaefer RileyNovember 5, 2013 | 6:20am, New York Post

For decades, Catholic schools have done a tremendous job of educating poor and minority kids — yet the church continues to close them left and right.

John Howard: Global Warming Battle ‘Has Become A Religion’
John Howard, GWPF

Former prime minister Of Australia delivers annual GWPF lecture.

The Causes of Poverty in the New Testament
David Kotter, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

The New Testament has much to say about poverty, its causes, and the principles undergirding its solutions.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Why Classical Schools Just Might Save America
Owen Strachan, The American Spectator

It’s time for a partnership between religion and freedom.

TOMS Shoes Joins Bono on the Role of Enterprise
Elise Amyx, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Last year, Bono came to a “humbling” realization and publicly announced his conviction that commerce is the key in economic development, not aid. Now, Mycoskie is joining his side.

Who is My Neighbor?: Charity in an Age of Consumerism
Anonanimal

The American sentiment to help seems, at best, an answer to Christ’s call to disciple all the nations—and, at worst, good intentions with a consumerist veneer.

Nature and God in Ethics
Robert T. Miller, Public Discourse

Just as an engineer can work out the purpose of a machine by examining its structure, reason can discover the proper end of human action by examining human nature. Yet there is also a supernatural morality that subsumes and exceeds natural moral standards.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Supreme Court to review dispute over public prayers
Bill Mears, CNN

The justices on Wednesday will hear arguments over whether Greece, New York, may continue sponsoring what it calls “inclusive” prayers at its open sessions, on government property.

Vatican seeks input from the pews on marriage and family issues
David Gibson, Religion News Service

In an unusual move, the Vatican has asked the world’s bishops to quickly canvas the faithful for their views on topics like gay marriage, divorce and birth control ahead of a major meeting of church leaders set for next fall.

Does God Want You to Be Rich…or Poor?
Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

One of the most perplexing issues facing Christians in the marketplace today is whether God wants us to be rich or poor. It is easy enough to find plenty of people using verses from Scripture, often out of context, to support either extreme.

Iran gives Christians 80 lashes for communion wine as UN blasts human rights record
Benjamin Weinthal, Fox News

Four Iranian Christians were reportedly sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking wine for communion, a shocking punishment meted out even as a new United Nations report blasted the Islamic republic for its systematic persecution of non-Muslims.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Monday, November 4, 2013

Stop Calling Marriage a ‘Luxury Good’
Derek Thompson, The Atlantic

If you want to talk about economic inequality in matrimony, don’t just look at the weddings. Look at the divorces.

Business: A Sequel to the Parable of the Good Samaritan
Matt Perman, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

When we think of the parable of the Good Samaritan, we tend to think of the importance of charity and giving to those in need. That is one of the chief points Jesus is making. But is it possible that the parable might have something to say about work and business as well?

How Obamacare Offends Human Dignity
Stephen M. Krason, Crisis Magazine

The Catholic Church’s social teaching is erected on the belief in the basic dignity of the human person.

Fellow Christians: I’m Rich and I’m Sorry
Jen Pollock Michel, Christianity Today

The church needs a more open conversation about wealth and stewardship—and not just for pastors.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Friday, November 1, 2013

Iran gives Christians 80 lashes for communion wine as UN blasts human rights record
Benjamin Weinthal, Fox News

Four Iranian Christians were reportedly sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking wine for communion, a shocking punishment meted out even as a new United Nations report blasted the Islamic republic for its systematic persecution of non-Muslims.

Should Christians Get Paid Less Because Their Work is “Ministry?”
Ed Cyzewski, The High Calling

In some cases we have confused freebies with ministry, as if adding money to a transaction devalues the holiness of someone’s work.

St. Nicholas Church, Destroyed on 9/11, to Rebuild With Byzantine Design
David W. Dunlap, New York Times

The church “will almost certainly ignite a new round of debate over the role of religion at or around the World Trade Center.”

Feminism and the Razing of the Village
Leslie Loftis, The Federalist

Feminism promised to empower women. Instead it destroyed their support system.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Thursday, October 31, 2013

Just How Useless is Orthodox Environmental Thought?
Fr Michael Butler

Does Orthodox environmental thought stand on claims made by non-Orthodox, Western activists and scientists?

Praise be to Soros for investing millions in Baltimore
Terry Mattingly, Get Religion

What I think is missing here — in light of Soros’ beliefs as an atheist — is a story that truly explores precisely why he wants to get involved in this kind of, to be blunt, urban ministry.

Iranian Christians Flogged for Taking Communion
Michael Avramovich, Mere Comments

Four Iranian Christians were sentenced to a flogging of 80 lashes for drinking communion wine, even as a new United Nations report strongly criticized Iran for its systematic persecution of non-Muslims.

Ecclesiastical Exceptionalism
James R. Rogers, First Things

I’d suggest that the Church is not a community, it is the community. By that I mean that there is an ontological reality to the community of the Church that does not exist for any other type of human community.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Religious-Discrimination Claims on the Rise
Melanie Trottman, Wall Street Journal

Complaints Include Dress Codes, Working on the Sabbath, Handling Alcohol

Humility — America’s Greatest Virtue?
Emma Elliott Freire , AFF Doublethink Online

American humility is not an oxymoron. In fact, some of our country’s finest moments are characterized by humility.

Judge Who Ordered Baby’s Name Changed From ‘Messiah’ Cited by Court Panel for Religious Bias
Leonardo Blair, Christian Post

A Tennessee judge who had ordered a young couple to change their baby boy’s name from “Messiah” to something else because it is a title reserved for Jesus Christ has been cited by a court panel for inappropriate religious bias.

Capitalism’s Theologian
Mark Tooley, The American Spectator

The renowned Michael Novak, on his journey to conservatism.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Russia’s “protectorate” over Middle Eastern Christians
Gianni Valente, Vatican Insider

Defending Middle Eastern Christians has become a strategic asset for Putin and is in perfect harmony with the Patriarchate of Moscow’s mission.

Anti-Christian terror is everyone’s concern
Steven B. Nasatir, OCP News

The persecution of any religious minority anywhere by anyone is an evil injustice. It requires all persons of conscience to speak out and, when possible, take action.

Religious Freedom and the Need for Transcendently Based Law
Rick Plasterer, Juicy Ecumenism

The doctrine of “separation of church and state” is in fact Biblical and constitutional, Crumbly said, but its point is “the church being protected from the state, not the state being protected from the church.”

The Church’s Role in Poverty Alleviation
Walter Kaiser, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

The “Robin Hood” approach to solving the problem of poverty has never proven consistently effective. In all economies where such forceful redistribution of wealth has occurred, the standard of living for all has dropped.