PowerLinks – 12.28.12

The Most Persecuted Religion Abraham Cooper, John Huffman, and Yitzchock Adlerstein, Wall Street Journal Christians are targeted—by independent groups or governments—in some 131 countries world-wide. How the Early Church Made Peace with Prosperity Peter Leithart, Christianity Today As the early church grew in wealth and stature, it displaced existing Roman models of caring for the poor. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 12.27.12

Charity Begins With Wealth Creation John Stossel, Reason Charity—helping people who have trouble helping themselves—is a good thing two times over. It’s good for the beneficiary and good for the donor, too. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 12.26.12

12 killed in attacks on two churches in Nigeria CNN At least 12 people died in northern Nigeria when attackers raided two churches during Christmas Eve services, police said. Religious Freedom as a Christian Doctrine Rick Plasterer, Juicy Ecumenism That traditional Christian doctrine and morality curtails freedom has been a common theme in the ongoing controversy concerning religion and society in the western world. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 12.24.12

Charity for Our Scrooges Braxton Boren, The Gospel Coalition Dickens’s masterpiece speaks powerfully today to a nation divided along lines nearly as deep as the class divisions in Scrooge’s London. Christmas and the Scandal of Particularity Brett Bertucio, First Things The greatest sin, according to the dominant cultural mentality, appears to be this claim to particularity. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 12.21.12

Christmas as Heavenly Economy Peter J. Leithart, First Things Since the early centuries of the Church, Christians have thought of giving and receiving gifts as a fitting way to celebrate the Incarnation. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 12.20.12

Domino’s Founder Files Lawsuit Challenging HHS Mandate Dominique Ludvigson, The Foundry Tom Monaghan, founder and former owner of Domino’s Pizza, is the latest business owner tofile a lawsuit challenging Obamacare’s Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate requiring employers to cover abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization as “preventive services” in their health care plans. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 12.19.12

An Engagement with Acton on Right to Work Brian Dijkema, Cardus A helpful piece by Jordan Ballor suggests that right to work legislation disestablishes unions from the state. An intriguing look inside religion and Congress: Who prays and for what? Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 12.18.12

‘The Hobbit’ and Virtue Joseph Pearce, National Catholic Register At its deepest level of meaning, The Hobbit is a pilgrimage of grace in which its protagonist, Bilbo Baggins, becomes grown-up in the most important sense. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 12.17.12

Gehenna in Connecticut John Podhoretz, Commentary Gehenna, a synonym for Hell, is a real place, or so the Bible tells us. You can see it today. Jefferson’s Robust Views of Religious Freedom Brian Walsh, T.J. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks – 12.14.12

A Brief History of American Prosperity Guy Sorman, City Journal An entrepreneurial culture and the rule of law have nourished the nation’s economic dynamism. Bible doesn’t command wealth redistribution, presenters say at theological meeting David Roach, Baptist Press Scripture does not require governments to redistribute wealth to help the poor, presenters in a session at the Evangelical Theological Society’s annual meeting said this fall. Continue Reading...