Archived Posts September 2012 - Page 9 of 9 | Acton PowerBlog

Blog author: jcarter
Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Jewish Aleppo, Lost Forever
Joseph Dana, Tablet

The Syrian diaspora in Israel watches its once-vibrant ancestral home fall to ruin in the country’s civil war.

Republicans Are Wrong on Call for Gold Standard
Bruce Bartlett, New York Times

If the goal is to reduce governmental influence in monetary affairs and reduce financial instability, a gold standard would move in the opposite direction on both counts.

Government’s purpose is to serve citizens, Cardinal Dolan says
Catholic News Agency

Those seeking public office should remember the primary goal of government is to serve its citizens, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York said at the Republican National Convention.

5 Ways Pastors Can Encourage Working Men and Women
Daniel Darling

Yesterday America celebrated Labor Day, the holiday reserved as a tribute to American workers. This is a good time to discuss ways pastors and vocational ministry leaders can encourage working men and women in their congregations.

Blog author: ehilton
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

It doesn’t seem that anyone would WANT to live in a slum. But that is not necessarily true, according to Charles Kenny of Foreign Policy. In fact, for many of the world’s poor, a slum can offer opportunities and services not available in rural areas.

 Across the world today, thanks to vaccines and underground sewage systems, average life expectancies in big cities are considerably higher than those in the countryside; in sub-Saharan Africa, cities with a population over 1 million have had infant mortality rates one-third lower than those in rural areas. In fact, most of today’s urban population growth comes not from waves of villagers moving to the city, but city folks having kids and living longer.

In part, better quality of life is because of better access to services. Data from surveys across the developing world suggest that poor households in urban areas are more than twice as likely to have piped water as those in rural areas, and they’re nearly four times more likely to have a flush toilet. In India, very poor urban women are about as likely to get prenatal care as the non-poor in rural areas. And in 70 percent of countries surveyed by MIT economists Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, school enrollment for girls ages 7 to 12 is higher among the urban poor than the rural poor.

In no way does this suggest that we should simply shrug our shoulders and say, “Slums are good enough.” However, it does suggest that there are economic footholds in urban areas that can be built upon – footholds that appear to be lacking in many rural areas.

Read Charles Kenny’s ‘In Praise of Slums’ here.

This article is cross-posted at

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Messianic claims and expectations about politicians are problematic whether they come from the left or from the right, says Ray Nothstine. In his speech at the John Locke Foundation, Nothstine discusses the problems associated with political messianism in American politics.

Click here to watch a video of the entire speech.

Blog author: jcarter
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Gold Standard Goes Mainstream
Seth Lipsky, Wall Street Journal

In the ferment within today’s Republican Party, there’s a growing realization that America’s system of fiat money is part of the economic problem.

Reviving the Value of Work
Derrick Morgan, National Review Online

Americans who have a job this Labor Day are right to be thankful for it. And all of us ought to be grateful for the culture of work that made America prosperous.

Inflation and Debt
John H. Cochrane, National Affairs

Regulatory and legal roadblocks can be even more damaging to growth than high tax rates, tax expenditures, and spending.

When Capitalists Cared
Hedrick Smith, Washington Post

The chief executives of the long postwar boom believed that business success and workers’ well-being ran in tandem.

Blog author: Mindy Hirst
Monday, September 3, 2012

Over several weeks we have been talking about the skills we need to develop as we are On Call in Culture; a Kingdom-focused memory, storytelling (which involves observation and reflection), and vulnerability. Each one plays an important part of us making an impact on our culture as God works through us daily. We have also provided resources to help you develop each skill.

In “My Mind in God’s Hands” we thought about focusing our minds on Kingdom values so our memories will be tools that God can use in our work. Remembering to ask your coworker how their mom did after surgery or whether your boss’ migraine is feeling better can be important in God’s plan for your relationships with them.