Category: PowerLinks

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.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Monday, October 28, 2013

Russell Moore Clarifies Misleading WSJ Article, Praises Predecessor’s ‘Prophetic Voice’
Napp Nazworth, Christian Post

Moore clarified, though, that he thinks Christians should be more involved, not less involved, in politics, and he is also concerned with how they are involved.

Soros Has Donated More than $100M to ‘Immigrant Rights’ Groups
Breitbart News

Soros has poured in millions to groups like La Raza and Evangelical front groups that advocate for comprehensive immigration reform legislation that would provide a pathway to citizenship to all of the country’s illegal immigrants.

An Eclectic Inheritance: Kuyper’s Politics Today
Tracy Kuperus, Comment

Kuyper’s understanding of gender and racial dynamics are sorely lacking. Yet his views on political engagement, his appreciation for religious pluralism, and his commentary on globalization are still prescient.

Avarice: Desiring more Wealth than one’s Soul can Support
Russell Kirk, Imaginative Conservative

Avarice sometimes produces present poverty: the miser, proverbially, is ragged and lean.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Friday, October 25, 2013

Where Government Drops Ball, People Must Take Up
Elizabeth Scalia , The Anchoress

People like having jobs; they like to be self-sufficient and feel like they have options in life. No one likes to feel powerless. No handout can replace the sense of pride one gets by accomplishing things on one’s own.

HHS mandate: ‘fiery rafter in burning house’
Tom Strode, Baptist Press

Americans acting on their religious convictions are being singled out “because they won’t sing out of the hymn book of the church of the sexual revolution” in the view of Southern Baptist ethics leader Russell D. Moore.

Work is Not the Way it’s Supposed to be
Bob Robinson, The High Calling

The Bible explains that because of the rebellion of humanity against God’s good intention for our lives, shalom is not the way it is anymore.

Ancient Rome, Mosaic Law, and Poverty Relief
Walter Kaiser, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

The Old Testament perspective on the poor is made clear throughout the Torah and the wisdom literature. Now, we want to see how we can apply this Scripture to our society by taking a look at examples from ancient Rome and from the ancient Israelites.

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.