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How Much is Too Much for the Bishop of Camden?

Back in October, I was a guest on the radio show World Have Your Say on BBC World Service. The occasion was the suspension by the Vatican of the Bishop of Limburg, Germany, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van-Elst, known as the “bishop of bling.” The bishop had reportedly recently spent 31 million euros (roughly $41 million) for the renovation of the historic building that served as his residence, inciting his suspension and a Vatican investigation into these expenditures. Continue Reading...

Gospel Entrepreneurs

In his new book, Risky Gospel, Owen Strachan calls Christians to an active life filled with faith and risk, cautioning us away from complacency and comfortability, whether in our churches, jobs, families, political witness, or in the deeper workings of our spiritual lives. Continue Reading...

Strong Marriages Make Strong Economies

The decline of marriage and fertility is one factor in the global economic crisis, says sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox: The long-term fortunes of the modern economy depend in part on the strength and sustainability of the family, both in relation to fertility trends and to marriage trends. Continue Reading...

Notre Dame To Comply With HHS Mandate

Notre Dame University announced yesterday that it will comply with the HHS mandate requiring employers to include contraception, abortifacients and abortion coverage in health care packages for employees. The university made the announcement after a federal judge last week denied the university’s request for exemption of the Obama administration’s law. Continue Reading...

PowerLinks 01.03.14

A Flurry of Lawsuits Involving School Choice Mary C. Tillotson, Reason Nothing sparks court challenges like trying to expand education options. The Normal, Drama-Free, Totally-Healthy Christian Homeschool Movement Ruth Moon, Christianity Today In a culture that loves shock value, typical evangelicalism rarely makes news United Nations too Christian, claims report The Guardian Study calls for greater religious tolerance with Hinduism and Buddhism under-represented and funding a major issue Report On Freedom of Religion or Belief Prisoners Issued Howard Friedman, Religion Clause Nine countries hold prisoners on blasphemy or defamation of religion charges. Continue Reading...

Acton University 2014 Speaker Spotlight: Andy Crouch

Can we boil down the idea of “common good” to just 7 words? Andy Crouch is willing to try. As executive editor of Christianity Today, and author of Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power, Crouch is all about culture, human flourishing and humanity’s common good. Continue Reading...

The Inauguration of Income Inequality Politics

One of the key words at Bill de Blasio’s inauguration as New York City’s mayor was “inequality.” The politics of income inequality were pervasive in the remarks of former President Bill Clinton, who swore de Blasio into office, as well as the prayer of the Rev. Continue Reading...