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Efficiently combating poverty

This essay won firstplace in the essay contest of the Acton Institute’s 2020 Poverty Cure Summit, which took place on Nov. 18-19, 2020. This essay is presented as it was submitted. Continue Reading...

John Paul II on work, socialism, and liberalism

This year marks the 30th anniversary of John Paul II’s important encyclical, Centesimus Annus. While the average lay person might not pay attention to formal pronouncements by the Roman Catholic Church, papal encyclicals are significant in their affirmation of the church’s social doctrine. Continue Reading...

Goodbye to the Acton Institute

As a member of the clergy with multiple secular jobs, things are always hectic. I’ve decided I must step away from my work with the Acton Institute beginning the first week of May and, I’m sad to say, this marks my final new blog for the Acton Institute. Continue Reading...

The 3 things you need to make ‘socialism’ work

Occasionally, our antagonists think they have discovered the silver bullet argument in favor of “Christian socialism.” One such apology recently came into my inbox. In its entirety, it read: Acts Chapters 4 and 5 Tell of The Holy Spirits Work with The Apostles to Establish SOCIALISM for The Christian Church…What further proof is needed ??? Continue Reading...

Tim Scott’s response to Joe Biden’s address to Congress: 6 quotes

Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina delivered the Republican response to President Joe Biden’s address to a joint session of Congress. Scott’s well-received address traversed the full ground of faith, virtue, and economics – openly declaring that “becoming a Christian transformed my life,” hailing the “the most inclusive economy in my lifetime” under the Trump administration, and stating boldly that “America is not a racist country.” Continue Reading...

Tobit’s biblical theology of work

Tobit is one of the lesser-known books of the Bible – likely in no small part because Protestant Bibles since the nineteenth century commonly omit it. But any Christian, Protestant or otherwise, would benefit from Tobit’s biblical theology of work. Continue Reading...