Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
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Ordinary Christian Work
Tim Challies, Challies.com

One of the many legacies of the Protestant Reformation, few have had greater and wider-reaching impact than the rediscovery of the biblical understanding of vocation.

Why This Wyoming College Decided To Reject Federal Money
Kevin D. Roberts, The Federalist

With ‘federal compliance officers’ now trolling campuses, colleges have ceded the formation of their students to bureaucrats with dubious agendas. Not us.

Tony Blair’s demanded €460,000 fee for speaking at forum on world hunger
Enikos.gr

Plans for Tony Blair to give a speech at a world hunger conference were dropped when organisers refused to meet his £330,000 (€460,000) fee, it was claimed.

Turkey’s War on Christians
Patrick Callahan, RealClearReligion

The story of the genocide of the Armenians is well known, or ought to be. The attempted extinction of the Orthodox Christian Church is less familiar.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
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North Carolina Protects Religious Rights In Same-Sex Marriage Debate
D.C. McAllister, The Federalist

The N.C. House passes a bill allowing magistrates to recuse themselves from performing same-sex marriages if they have a religious objection.

How Unleashing Competition Benefits Black And Hispanic Workers
Carrie Sheffield, Opportunity Lives

While society has certainly progressed beyond purposeful discrimination, in practice too often blacks and Hispanics are priced out of competition for government contracts.

Should It Be Illegal for Supermarkets to Waste Food?
Edward Delman, The Atlantic

An activist has made it so in France. Could he take his campaign global?

Why Do You Work?
Stephen Nichols, Ligonier Ministries

The psalmist wants us to make some connections between our work and issues of larger meaning. As we work, we reflect the work of God, the Creator.

Blog author: jcarter
Monday, June 1, 2015
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The ‘Income Inequality’ Warriors
Richard A. Epstein, The Federalist

The critical political struggle of the 2016 presidential election may well be the redistribution of wealth.

Predatory Lending is Theft
Stephanie Summers, Comment

Why it’s time for Christians to call for an end to payday loans.

The worst kind of legislation on gambling
Bob Terry, ERLC

Any one of these proposals is controversial by itself. That all would be considered at the same time would have been inconceivable until Marsh’s surprising and disappointing announcement.

Presbyterians and “Decently Ordered” Schism
Peter Johnson, Juicy Ecumenism

Schism, like everything else in the Presbyterian Church, appears to be “decently ordered.”

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, May 29, 2015
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Feds Blackmail Virginia’s Largest School District Into Transgender Policy
Dustin Siggins, The Federalist

A case in Virginia demonstrates how far the Obama administration will go to force its sexual ideology—regardless of self-governance, local control, and childish innocence

Is the U.S. economy immoral?
James Pethokoukis, The Week

After listening to Sanders, many liberals are probably ready to grab the pitchforks and head to the nearest mansion or mega-bank to demand their fair share.

F.C.C. Chief Seeks Broadband Plan to Aid the Poor
Rebecca R. Ruiz , New York Times

For 30 years, the federal government has helped millions of low-income Americans pay their phone bills, saying that telephone service is critical to summoning medical help, seeking work and, ultimately, climbing out of poverty. Now, the nation’s top communications regulator will propose offering those same people subsidized access to broadband Internet.

Same-sex “Marriage” and the Persecution of Christians in Canada
Lea Z. Singh, Crisis Magazine

The Canadian Charter of Right and Freedoms declares that Canadians have a fundamental “freedom of conscience and religion” and “freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression.” But constitutional guarantees are at the mercy of lawyers, and Canadian lawyers have emerged as among the most fiercely intolerant of anyone, including their own colleagues, who fails to support same-sex “marriage.”

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, May 28, 2015
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Should Washington set out to change religious beliefs?
Richard W. Garnett, USA Today

Well-intended bribes & nudges can damage freedom of faith as much as heavy handed tactics.

Cronyism Doesn’t Just Infect Markets—It Infects Culture
Michael A. Needham and Ryan T. Anderson, The Federalist

Just as cronies seek special economic advantages from government, the Left also seeks special advantages from government in its effort to reshape the character of American society.

Why RFRA? Because all Americans have rights of conscience
Travis C. Barham, Citizen-Times

Opponents of laws like North Carolina’s proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act, currently being considered by the state Senate, often declare that business owners have no place incorporating their values into their businesses. Instead, they must leave their religious beliefs and their consciences at home.

5 facts about Latinos and education
Jens Manuel Krogstad, Pew Research

Educational attainment among U.S. Latinos has been changing rapidly in recent years, reflecting the group’s growth in the nation’s public K-12 schools and colleges. Over the past decade, the Hispanic high school dropout rate has declined and college enrollment has increased, even as Hispanics trail other groups in earning a bachelor’s degree.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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Here’s the Data to Prove School Choice Is Working
Patrick Wolf, The Daily Signal

Private school choice initiatives have become increasingly common across the United States. Far from being rare and untested, private school choice policies are an integral part of the fabric of American education policy.

Malaysia: Human Traffickers’ Camps Had 139 Suspected Graves
Associated Press

Malaysian authorities say a cluster of abandoned jungle camps used by human traffickers contained 139 suspected graves as well as barbed-wire pens likely used to cage migrants, shedding more light on a regional trade that preyed on some of Southeast Asia’s most desperate people.

Christian Ethics, Evangelicals, and Functional Marcionism
Jake Meador, Mere Orthodoxy

The maneuver is simple enough to understand: Any time someone uses an Old Testament passage to argue for a specific idea about morality, you should start talking about shellfish and mixed fabrics.

Maryland’s ‘free range’ parents cleared of neglect in one case
Donna St. George, Washington Post

A Maryland couple investigated for neglect after they let their two young children walk home alone from local parks have been cleared in one of two such cases, according to the family’s attorneys and documents.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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Warren Buffett explains — simply and clearly — why a $15 minimum wage is bad for workers
James Pethokoukis, AEI Ideas

Wise words from Warren Buffett. The Oracle of Omaha predicts how the rush to sharply raise the minimum wage will end. (Spoiler: badly for the people the policy purports to help.) And Buffett also offers a smart alternative to help low-income workers.

Appeals courts shoot down Catholic groups in contraception mandate cases
Gabriel Malor, Hot Air

It was a rough week for Catholic groups arguing that the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act protects them from being forced to facilitate the provision of contraception to their employees in violation of the groups’ religious beliefs.

Why making sure girls go to high school is the best possible investment in public health
Angélique Kidjo, Vox

The Millennium Development Goals brought incredible attention to the importance of primary education for both girls and boys. But I think the level of education required to understand complex health information extends beyond primary school.

Should We Just Give Money and Then Walk Away?
Anne Bradley, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

We cannot solely focus on the short term. Doing so is a necessary but not sufficient condition for poverty alleviation.

Blog author: jcarter
Friday, May 22, 2015
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Can We Have Religious Liberty In Modern America?
Luma Simms, The Federalist

Our liberty is a natural right protected via constant tension between all of our branches of government, representing the tensions between all of us as a people. It is through this tension that we ought to end up with equal and just laws that are good for society as a whole.

‘Sin taxes’ yield more than double business taxes in Mich.
Chad Livengood, The Detroit News

Smokers and drinkers paid more taxes last year than Michigan companies paid in net business income taxes — a new development that’s likely to inflame a raging legislative debate about the fairness of the state’s tax code.

Teenage Wageland
Jared Meyer, City Journal

Los Angeles cuts off a rung of its economic ladder.

Trade legislation overcomes Senate filibuster
Timothy B. Lee, Vox

On Thursday the Senate cleared a key procedural hurdle to passing Trade Promotion Authority, which would guarantee President Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership an up-or-down vote in Congress.

Blog author: jcarter
Thursday, May 21, 2015
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3 Things ‘The Profit’ Teaches Us About The Beauty Of Business
Joseph Sunde, The Federalist

Business is not just about money. It’s about people, incentives, and ethics, as CNBC’s ‘The Profit’ portrays.

Do religious leaders really focus on homosexuality and abortion more than poverty? Not exactly
Scott Clement, Washington Post

A breakdown of the data by religious groups shows that poverty dominates discussion even at churches with strong stances on abortion and homosexuality.

The Ann Coulter Critique of American Christianity
Ross Douthat, New York Times

[H]ere I think you can take the personal venom out of Coulter’s argument, reframe it as a call to action, and find a possibly-important point: Namely, that the extraordinary overseas work done by Christian (and especially evangelical, it must be said) missionaries, and the extraordinary fundraising done on their behalf at home, might be a model for a renewal of domestic mission work as well.

Newly Passed Human Trafficking Bill Only a Start to What US Must Do to Combat Trafficking
Olivia Enos, The Daily Signal

On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015. If signed by the president, the bill would create a domestic fund for victims of child sex trafficking from fines levied against traffickers. Fines collected from traffickers will bolster local law enforcement training and capabilities, among other capacity building measures.

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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E.U. Agrees to Naval Intervention on Human Traffickers
James Kanter, New York Times

European Union foreign and defense ministers agreed on Monday to establish naval operations to disrupt human traffickers from setting off from North Africa.

To Overcome Polarization, Focus on the Poor
David Lapp, Family Studies

Debating how culture and economics shape poverty can distract us from helping the poor people right in front of us.

Report: Only ‘full recognition of religious freedom’ will protect people
Carol Zimmermann, Crux

The cover photograph on a new 232-page report outlining religious freedom violations around the world last year pretty much says it all.

Carrying out the Cultural Mandate Is Essential for Biblical Flourishing
Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

The cultural mandate was meant not only for Adam and Eve, but for Christians today, too. It still stands as God’s directive for the stewardship of his creation.