Jay Richards | How to Alleviate Widespread Poverty (and Create Wealth)

December 6, 2013  Jay Richards

Christians and all people of good will should be concerned about poverty at home and abroad, and want to do something about it. Unfortunately, there is strong disagreement about how to do so. One way to resolve the disagreement is to consider the top ten conditions that allow countries to prosper, the lack of which correlates with poverty. Since there is one known pathway to widespread prosperity, the prudent strategy is to help others find their way up the path, rather than seeking to forge a new and untested one.

Russell Moore | From Moral Majority to Prophetic Minority

September 13, 2013  Russell Moore


American evangelicals are, sometimes frantically, trying to adjust to an increasingly post-Christian America. We can no longer pretend that we are a 'moral majority,' sharing 'values' with the American mainstream. In a quest to differentiate themselves from the failures of the old Religious Right, some younger evangelicals wish to retreat into a libertarian cultural isolationism, and some wish to adjust to ambient culture. How do we live as a prophetic minority, challenging the culture with a gospel vision rooted in the kingdom of God without abandoning our mission as those who are ambassadors of reconciliation in a broken world? How do Christians live out a distinctively Christian witness in the aftermath of the culture wars?

Cherie Harder | Why Read Stories?

July 12, 2013  Cherie Harder

At a time when when education reform has increasingly emphasized science and technology education over the humanities, and reading in general and literary reading in particular is declining among all age groups, "why read stories?" has become a question both for education policy-makers and cultural theorists. But even in the midst of this structured decline, reading literature has important implications for both civic life and the Christian life.

Rev. John Boyles | The Faith of Ronald Reagan

June 28, 2013


While expressions of faith remain common in political discourse today, the actual policy decisions of political leaders seem less connected to that faith. Today, too, our culture - while still seeming to expect a president to have a faith - rejects faith as an explanation for those decisions. Ronald Reagan's faith, however, was a driver of some of his most profound moments as President--including the breaking up of the Communist Bloc.

Rev. John Boyles is a former pastor of National Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, the church of President Ronald Reagan during his Adminstration. Rev. Boyles served under President Reagan as Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Ethical Values. As the President's minister he made a pastoral visit to the persecuted Russian Pentacostals taking refuge in the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. During the Reagan Administration, Rev. Boyles set up the first VOA international broadcast of an English language Christmas Eve service in 1982 into the Soviet bloc, broadcast from President Reagan's church. A graduate of Yale Divinity School, Boyles became Presbyterian Chaplain at Yale and associate pastor of the Church of Christ in Yale and as Director of Dwight Hall, the university's community service and religious activities organization.

Joseph Loconte | Christian Realism and American Foreign Policy

May 17, 2013:  Joseph Loconte

Stating that U.S. foreign policy must begin with a sober assessment of the challenges to international peace and security, Prof. Loconte argues that missing among many policymakers is a deeply Christian view of human societies-grounded in historical reality-that can help shape the objectives and the conduct of American foreign policy to achieve a more just international order.

Poetry, Politics, and the Future of American Higher Education

April 19, 2013:  Carlos Campo

Carlos Campo, uses a single poem as a framework to discuss the future of American higher education-stopping along the way to point out the role of politics in the complex forces that will shape the future of higher ed. With humor and the sweep of history Dr. Campo highlights our unique place in the history of American higher education–all within the context of a familiar poem with a timeless theme.

A Theology of Creation and Public Life: What Genesis 1-2 Teaches Us for the Public Arena

April 5, 2013:  Dennis Hollinger

Dr. Hollinger discusses the idea that Genesis 1-2 is not a scientific account of creation, but a theological portrayal providing a rich foundation for our journey in the world.  The lecture will focus on several creation themes that are pertinent for public life, whether in government, business or other callings.  The Christian worldview embodies a story of  creation, fall, redemption and consummation; but we cannot understand the last  three parts without grasping the first–creation.

Wilberforce and Jefferson: Crossed Lives, Crossed Purposes

March 22, 2013:  Ray Blunt

In his lecture, Mr. Blunt asked the question, “why did the tyrant monarchy, England end slavery peacefully when America, the land of liberty spilled the blood of six hundred thousand people to accomplish the same end? Why does a leader in public service persist for an entire career toward solving a great national moral need while another turns aside? What factors are needed to sustain a life of faithful public service?” He argues that these are the questions that are as pertinent for our day, (and perhaps more so), as they were to the 19th century.

“Is ‘American Humility’ an Oxymoron?”

March 8, 2013:  David Bobb

In his lecture, Dr. Bobb discussed how humility, the crown of the virtues, is also among the most elusive. Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass each managed to be humble while at the same time achieving greatness of soul. What does their example teach us today? In a city and an age in which arrogance abounds, is it still possible to be humble?

“Is There a Christian Position on _____(Fill in Any Current Public Policy Issue)___”

February 22, 2013:  Stephen Monsma

In his lecture, Dr. Monsma argued that although there is not one, true Christian position on public policy issues, yet by using certain basic Christian principles, a careful assessment of facts, and prudence one can arrive at policy positions that are shaped, or molded, by our Christian faith. And we as Christians have a duty to attempt to do so. The lecture in part drew upon Dr.Monsma’s recent Apple iBook, Healing for a Broken World: Christian Perspectives on Public Policy.