Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Thursday, October 24, 2013

Five Encouragements for Everyday Work
Joseph Scheumann, Desiring God

Far and away, those not getting paid to do ministry are collectively doing much more on the frontlines for gospel advance than those getting a paycheck.

Popes on Economics
Michael P. Orsi, First Things

Zieba shows how John Paul II believed that democracy and capitalism were good for the human person.

“Good government pleases God”: Shutdowns, budgets, and the common good
Rick Garnett, Mirror of Justice

Lawmakers have a vocation and they are holders of a trust. Part of that vocation, and one of the things we trust them to do, is to actually make (good) law (and, just as important, not-make bad laws).

Why Economics Is Part of God’s Created Order
Shawn Ritenour, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Certainly, as Christians who are called to love our neighbors as ourselves, we should and do have compassion on our suffering neighbor. Yet some approaches, while well-intended, may in fact lead to more economic hardship and less human flourishing.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Wednesday, October 23, 2013

World Council of Churches Stands By As Christians Perish, Churches Wither
Malcolm Lowe, Gatestone Institute

The World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva claims to represent and serve 345 churches worldwide. What has it done to help the persecuted churches in Iraq, Syria and Egypt? Or the flood of Syrian refugees into Jordan and Lebanon?

Hobby Lobby asks US Supreme Court to take up case over federal birth-control coverage mandate
Associated Press

Lawyers for Hobby Lobby asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to take up the company’s lawsuit against the federal health care law’s requirement that coverage include access to the morning-after pill.

State Dept. Stays Mute on Persecuted Religious Minorities Worldwide
Leanna Baumer, FRC Blog

A post designed to elevate the status of religious freedom in American foreign policy and to move around intractable State Department bureaucracy by directly advising the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador-At-Large for International Religious Freedom in recent years has functioned instead as a sidelined figure in diplomatic efforts.

Faith and freedom depend on each other
Ed Feulner, Washington Times

Religious liberty is as characteristic of America as our democratic political system and our free-market economy.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Using Public Information to Protect Religious Liberty
Brian Simboli, Crisis Magazine

The government has tremendous power to obtain information about the citizenry. The latter, however, often has difficulty obtaining information about government activity.

A Map of the World’s Slave Workforce
Tim Fernholz, The Atlantic

According to a new estimate, there are 30 million forced laborers in the world. Some reports show they’re involved in making everything from iPhones to chocolate.

How Business Can Contribute to Flourishing
Brian Baugus, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

If you’re a Christian working in business, or a young Christian interested in pursuing a career in business, what does it look like to use your God-given talents in this arena? What does it look like to serve others through business?

The Federal Takeover of Catholic Education
Anne Hendershott, Crisis Magazine

Although the Common Core was designed to address problems in the public schools, many Catholic schools have decided to adopt the Common Core standards also.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Monday, October 21, 2013

Victory Is Now Final For Louisiana Monks
Institute for Justice

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects State’s Petition Seeking To Overturn Landmark Constitutional Victory

Amid New Attacks, Egypt’s Copts Preserve Heritage
Hamza Hendawi, AP

The little known Anba Bishay Church offers a striking example of how Egypt’s Orthodox Coptic Church jealously guards its heritage against formidable odds.

The Next Human Rights Revolution
Chen Guangcheng, Public Discourse

Renowned human-rights activist Chen Guangcheng calls on American citizens to recognize that China’s barbaric violations of human dignity threaten justice on a global scale. Americans must take practical, immediate actions, no matter how small, to abolish these atrocities.

Private Citizens Need To Fight Poverty
James Velasquez and Dantan Wernecke, Doublethink Online

The future demands society takes social welfare seriously, and that means taking it away from the bumbling hands of politicians and technocrats.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Friday, October 18, 2013

The Moral Challenge of America’s Pension Crisis
Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

America’s pension crisis has crossed the line from financial challenge to moral crisis.

The Spiritual Value of Mortgage Banking
Derek Rishmawy, Reformedish

In some churches, guys are often fed the lie that unless they’re a pastor, or doing some ‘secular’ work that can be quickly linked to some moral or spiritual value, it’s 2nd-class work.

A Farmer’s Mission to Reweave Shalom
Elise Amyx, Values & Capitalism

Everything is interwoven in God’s great design. Salatin says his personal mission statement is “to develop emotionally, economically, and environmentally enhancing agricultural prototypes and facilitate their duplication throughout the world.”

What Does the Old Testament Says About Poverty and Riches?
Walter Kaiser, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

The basic thought of the Torah is that Yahweh is the protector and defender of the poor. God does not want his kingdom to have poverty, though he knows that because of sin this goal will not be accomplished until he returns.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Thursday, October 17, 2013

Malaysian court rules use of ‘Allah’ exclusive to Muslims
Siva Sithraputhran, Reuters

A Malaysian court ruled on Monday that a Christian newspaper may not use the word “Allah” to refer to God, a landmark decision on an issue that has fanned religious tension and raised questions over minority rights in the mainly Muslim country.

Southern Baptists fight contraception regulation
Tony Gonzalez, The Tennessean

Three non-profit religious groups are suing the federal government over mandate in health law.

Four Charts on How Economic Freedom Makes Your Life Better
Ryan Olson, The Foundry

Political gridlock, the government shutdown, and Obamacare are making Americans gloomy. But, largely thanks to economic freedom and the free-market system, things aren’t so bad after all.

Faith, Culture & Religious Freedom in 21st Century America
ERLC

The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Manhattan Declaration bring you a conversation about the future of religious freedom in America featuring a diverse group of expert voices.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Free Speech Can’t Be Redistributed
Jonathan S. Toobin, Commentary

Stopping wealthy individuals from giving more to parties and candidates won’t keep money out of politics.

Redeeming the Time at Work
Kristie Eshelman, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

God calls many of us to spend the majority of our waking hours at work. This time belongs to God.

What Obamacare means to Little Sisters of the Poor
Mario Diaz, Washington Times

Religious order was deemed ‘not religious enough’ to earn exemption.

Distinguishing the Wealthy from the Worldly
Rachel Lu, Crisis Magazine

When Christ addresses the rich directly, his words are not scornful, but cautionary.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Render Unto Putin
Anne Jolis, Wall Street Journal

A Russian Orthodox priest explains the price of criticizing the Kremlin and sticking up for Pussy Riot.

9 Things You Should Know About World Hunger
Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition

Here are nine things you need to know about one of the world’s most persistent, but solvable, global problems.

Rand Paul: ‘There’s a worldwide war on Christianity’
Niraj Chokshi, Washington Post

There’s a war raging against Christianity, but the attackers must police themselves, says Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul ®.

Why Aren’t Neo-Anabaptists Libertarians?
Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism

Neo-Anabaptists, at least rhetorically, like to pretend that government doesn’t matter, even while they still often demand much of it.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Monday, October 14, 2013

Joining the Race for Clean Water
Marian V. Liautaud, Christianity Today

Why lace up your sneakers when you could just write a check? A personal look at what’s driving the charity running craze.

How We Can Bolster American Families
Joy Pullmann, Values & Capitalism

The most difficult part of this discussion is not realizing the obvious truth that the American family is in trouble (although unfortunately, that’s often hard enough), it’s knowing what to do about it.

Why We Separate Church and State
Seth Mandel, Commentary

The struggle to explain the motivations of statecraft through history often gets mired in the difficulty of differentiating between economic self-interest and cultural prime movers.

How Do We Create Long-Term Value for the Kingdom of God?
Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

So how do we overcome the knowledge problem to accomplish goals, answer our callings, and create value for others?

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Friday, October 11, 2013

Helping Addicts Off the Streets: A Legacy of Lives Restored
Collette Caprara, The Foundry

Last week, the nation lost a true champion of civil society with the passing of Bob Coté. Thirty years ago, Coté launched Step 13, a facility/program for addicts and alcoholics in the midst of the skid-row section of Denver.

Christians in the Kettle: Engaging public policy in self-defense.
Barrett Duke, ERLC

Given the condition of our culture today, a posture of self-defense makes sense. Much of society is growing increasingly hostile to the Christian message and more resistant to the biblical worldview. – See more at: http://erlc.com/article/christians-in-the-kettle-engaging-public-policy-in-self-defense#sthash.YJJ964Mg.dpuf

Progressives Have Destroyed Founding Fathers Dream of Limited Government
David Corbin and Matthew Parks, The Blaze

It has not been a good week for American government. But does this mean it has been a good week for the American people? Perhaps.

A Missionary with A Mind for Economics
Elise Amyx, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Discussing the link between spiritual and material needs, the pitfalls of practical missions experience, and the need for “Haitian Heroes.”