Category: PowerLinks

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Patriarch says he will discuss Middle East Christians with pope
Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service

When Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople meets Pope Francis in Jerusalem May 25, one of their main discussion topics will be the “diminishing Christian minorities in the Middle East,” the patriarch told Catholic News Service.

What Subway Teaches Us About the Minimum Wage
Amy Otto, The Federalist

Minimum Wage increases not only hurt the poor and consumers, it insulates big business from new competition.

The Spiritual Reflection of Economic Inequality
David Cowan, The Center for Christian Business Ethics

The more who strive the more we will see economic change for the better, it will be part of the measured economic output. However, the economy will only measure and reflect this, it will not make it happen.

How Jesus’s Work Influenced His Teaching
Klaus Issler, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Jesus was a shrewd observer of life, offering wisdom gleaned from birds, flowers, and the weather. Last week we explored Jesus’ work experience – perhaps his time in the workforce also provided insights that he included in his parables.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Africa’s Richest Man, Aliko Dangote, to Fight Boko Haram With $2.3B Investment in Northern Nigeria
Leonardo Blair, The Christian Post

Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man and the world’s 24th richest person, with an estimated net worth of $24.5 billion according to Forbes, plans to fight militant Islamist group Boko Haram in northern Nigeria with a $2.3 billion investment in the rice and sugar industries.

C.S. Lewis and the Science of Obamacare
John Daniel Davidson, The Federalist

“I believe in God, but I detest theocracy,” wrote C.S. Lewis. “For every Government consists of mere men and is, strictly viewed, a makeshift; if it adds to its commands ‘Thus saith the Lord’, it lies, and lies dangerously.”

How Far School Choice Policies Have Come in Two Decades
Lindsey Burke, The Foundry

It’s amazing how far school choice options have come in a little more than two decades.

Boko Haram and the Return of the Nigerian Slave Trade
Geoffrey Clarfield, New English Review

Given the extreme violence and the high death toll of Islamic uprisings in places like Syria and Iraq, the Western public has become accustomed to hearing about an ebb and flow of religiously inspired massacres, but it is the proud slaving propensities of Boko Haram that are a shock to the news reading public and, the fact that they openly boast about it. There is more to this story than meets the eye.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Monday, May 12, 2014

The Danger of Disregarding Natural Law in Orthodox Christian Theology
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute

Popular morality in current American culture is heavily in debt to both the Nominalism of the Late Middle Ages and the Voluntarism of the Enlightenment. Since I regard this debt as deplorable, it might be good to begin with a brief explanation of these terms.

To My Fellow Millennials: Christian Persecution is a Social Justice Issue
Chelsen Vicari , Christian Post

Among Millennials, the term “persecution” is a dirty word when applied to Christians. Society continues to paint Christians as “clamoring and crying” over nothing when we decry discrimination targeted our way.

Boko Haram and the Kidnapped Schoolgirls
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Wall Street Journal

The Nigerian terror group reflects the general Islamist hatred of women’s rights. When will the West wake up?

Three Education Innovations That Could Increase Economic Mobility
Chris Farhat, The Foundry

Will public schools find a way to offer students an alternate pathway towards upward economic mobility? Some schools are starting to show encouraging progress by partnering with local businesses.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Friday, May 9, 2014

American Christians Pledge Solidarity with Persecuted Christians in Egypt, Iraq and Syria
Nina Shea, The Christian Post

On Wednesday, May 7, history is being made. On behalf of the suffering churches of Egypt, Iraq and Syria, a broad array of American Christians, with a degree of unity rarely seen since the Council of Nicaea in 325, have joined together in a “pledge of solidarity and call to action.”

Is There A Biblical Answer To Poverty?
Gracy Olmstead, The Federalist

A new book from Christian conservative thinkers examines the question.

To My Fellow Millennials: Christian Persecution is a Social Justice Issue
Chelsen Vicari, Christian Post

Among Millennials, the term “persecution” is a dirty word when applied to Christians. Society continues to paint Christians as “clamoring and crying” over nothing when we decry discrimination targeted our way.

Would Jesus Raise the Minimum Wage?
Elise Amyx, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

Would Jesus want Congress to raise the minimum wage? One group of religious leaders seem to think so.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Thursday, May 8, 2014


Prosperity, Poverty, and Wisdom

Thomas Schreiner, Credo Magazine

Sometimes people say the Bible doesn’t speak to real life, to what we deal with every day. But Proverbs shows this isn’t true. We have seen that Proverbs gives instruction on the most practical and down to earth things in life.

Why Political Corruption Matters
Rachel Lu, Crisis Magazine

Citizens of relatively free societies simply have trouble appreciating the deep and pervasive impact that oppressive authority can have on a society.

The Shifting Religious Identity of Latinos in the United States
Pew Research

Most Hispanics in the United States continue to belong to the Roman Catholic Church. But the Catholic share of the Hispanic population is declining, while rising numbers of Hispanics are Protestant or unaffiliated with any religion.

Where Is America’s Anti-Corruption Strategy?
Michael Rubin, Commentary

Corruption did not cause Boko Haram nor create al-Qaeda, nor does it alone explain the Taliban. Nevertheless, the failure of the West to create a comprehensive strategy to root out corruption enables the phenomenon to spread like a cancer, depressing societal immunity, and enabling groups like Boko Haram and al-Qaeda a broader ability to act.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Boko Haram Threatens To Sell 165 Kidnapped Christian Girls to Traffickers
Kate Tracy, Christianity Today

#BringBackOurGirls gains momentum as Nigeria search spreads to Cameroon and Chad.

An Anti-Cronyism and Free-Market Agenda
Sen. Mike Lee, The Christian Post

This Opportunity Deficit presents itself in three principal ways: immobility among the poor, trapped in poverty; insecurity in the middle class, where families just can’t seem to get ahead; and cronyist privilege at the top.

Licensing isn’t necessary to ensure quality
Art Carden, AL.com

Occupational licensing can raise quality. It also raises prices, reduces output, and makes the labor market less flexible.

How to Fairly Tax Families
Sita Nataraj Slavov, The American

Based on fairness concerns, there’s a strong case for making the tax system more marriage neutral by shifting to individual rather than family-based taxation, and for providing increased support to low-income individuals without children.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Tuesday, May 6, 2014

High Court Ruling Favors Prayer at Council Meeting
Mark Sherman, Associated Press

A narrowly divided Supreme Court upheld decidedly Christian prayers at the start of local council meetings on Monday, declaring them in line with long national traditions though the country has grown more religiously diverse.

Sweden Foreign Minister: Eastern Orthodoxy main threat to western civilization
Agora Dialogue

”The new anti-west and anti-decadent line [of conduct] of Putin is based on the deep conservatism of Eastern Orthodox ideas,” Carl Bildt is convinced.

On Prayer, Supreme Court Upholds Freedom
Russell Moore, Time

Prayer at the beginning of a meeting is a signal that we aren’t ultimately just Americans. We are citizens of the State, yes, but the State isn’t ultimate.

Self-Sufficiency, Not Cell Phones, for Poor Americans Should be Government’s Goal
Rachel Sheffield, The Foundry

Poor Americans may be “better off” today than before the government’s War on Poverty began in the 1960s, as a New York Time article published last week said. But they remain “far behind” and will continue to do so unless work requirements are strengthened in the nation’s welfare programs.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Monday, May 5, 2014

The Church and the U.N., Again
Austin Ruse, The Catholic Thing

The Holy See is in the U.N. dock again next week. This time it’s the U.N. Committee on Torture, and it will not be pretty.

Let’s Simplify the Drug Approval Process—and Save Lives
Victoria McCaffrey, The Foundry

Recently, news outlets have reported on the story of Josh Hardy, a seven-year-old cancer patient in desperate need of an antiviral drug called Brincidofovir. Manufactured by the pharmaceutical company Chimerix, Brincidofovir has not yet been approved by the FDA; consequently, Josh could not obtain the drug through normal means.

Seattle restaurant industry caught in the middle of $15 minimum wage debate
Paul Solman , PBS NewsHour

Seattle’s push to raise the minimum wage to $15 has left owners and workers in the city’s restaurant industry conflicted. Caught between moral pressure on the one hand, and market pressure on the other, many businesses warn that such a hike could cut benefits and raise prices

We Need to See Poverty as Being about People, Not Statistics – Here’s Why
Kristie Eshelman, Institute for Faith, Work, and Economics

We want each person who is poor not only to survive but to thrive.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Friday, May 2, 2014

PM Erdoğan planning prayers with Islamic leaders in Hagia Sophia
Radikal

In a possible bid to balance potential controversy, a reform package prepared by the government may also include steps regarding the historic Halki Seminary.

Logic: What’s Missing from Public Discourse
Randall B. Smith, Crisis Magazine

What often passes for public discourse in contemporary society is really just a simulacrum, an imitation, of real “discourse” in the sense of a “reasoned exchange of ideas.”

Paul Ryan Isn’t Wrong On Poverty. But The Media Is.
Amy Otto, The Federalist

For all the relentless focus the Democrats have put on the welfare state, their results could be accurately described as “left-wing warriors crusading for taxpayer dollars to line the pockets of government employees to maintain the poor.”

How Net Neutrality Hurts the Poor
Eli Dourado, The Umlaut

You may think that walled-garden access to Facebook or Google is inferior to neutral Internet access—and you’d be right. But if the neutralistas got their way, people in developing countries wouldn’t have better Internet access; many of them would have nothing.

Blog author: jcarter
posted by on Thursday, May 1, 2014

Global Poverty Is on the Decline, But Almost No One Believes It
Barna Group

Did you know that, in the past 30 years, the percentage of people in the world who live in extreme poverty has decreased by more than half?

Clapham Spirituality: A Model for Contemporary Evangelicals
Nathan Finn , Canon & Culture

Clapham Spirituality acknowledged that conversion was not an end unto itself, but was the beginning of one’s Christian journey.

Why We Need ‘Dinosaurs’ Like C. S. Lewis
Art Lindsley, Christianity Today

Lewis had a healthy suspicion of easy words like “progress.”

Logic: What’s Missing from Public Discourse
Randall B. Smith, Crisis Magazine

What often passes for public discourse in contemporary society is really just a simulacrum, an imitation, of real “discourse” in the sense of a “reasoned exchange of ideas.”