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PowerLinks 01.10.14

Bookstore owner priest forgives arsonists in Tripoli, Lebanon Rayane Abou Jaoude and Antoine Amrieh, The Daily Star A Greek Orthodox priest whose library was torched in Tripoli over the weekend said he had forgiven the arsonists, though many described the incident as an attempt to incite strife in the troubled city. Continue Reading...

Acton University 2014 Speaker Spotlight: Makoto Fujimura

Makoto Fujimura, in many ways, defies being labeled. He is an artist. He is an author. He is a speaker. But none of these completely capture who Fujimura is. Perhaps one way to understand Fujimura is to take a look at a commencement address he made at Biola University: To ask “what do you want to make today?” is not an idealist’s escape from reality. Continue Reading...

It’s Not Enough to Care About ‘The Poor’

“Each of us has a personal responsibility to heed the call to care for the poor,” says Jennifer A. Marshall. “The Bible doesn’t leave us room to make poverty someone else’s problem.” Long before LBJ’s call to combat poverty, Christians heard a higher call to compassion for the poor. Continue Reading...

Taxpayer-Funded Abortions And Obamacare

Today, Professor Helen Alvaré of George Mason University, testified before the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice regarding taxpayer-funded abortions under Obamacare.  Alvaré, who teaches family law, law and religion, and property law, states that Americans have never understood abortion as a “good,” and that abortion cannot be labeled health care. Continue Reading...

Whom Would Jesus Indebt?

Putting ourselves and our children further in debt, notes Timothy Dalrymple, is not the way to help the poor: One of the great difficulties of this issue, for Christians, is that the morality of spending and debt has been so thoroughly demagogued that it’s impossible to advocate cuts in government spending without being accused of hatred for the poor and needy. Continue Reading...

At-A-Glance: Public Vs. Private Sector Health Care

The Washington Examiner has published a chart that clearly lays out the difference between Obamacare versus private sector health care. Using Walmart as an example (despite the employer’s much-disparaged employee benefits), Elliot Smilowitz at the Examiner shows that the private sector is able to offer comparable health care at much less expense than Obamacare. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.09.14

The War on Poverty at 50 Various, National Review Online Experts reflect on what went right and what went wrong with LBJ’s initiative. The Islamization of France in 2013 Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute Although no official data exist, more than half of the inmates in French prisons are believed to be Muslim, rising to 70% in some urban areas. Continue Reading...

Is the $17 Trillion Federal Debt Immoral?

Even when we agree on what Biblical principles should guide our political choices, evangelicals from the left and right rarely agree on policy solutions. But there is one area where there appears to be an increasingly significant level of agreement: the immorality of our national debt. Continue Reading...