But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Institute for Faith, Work & Economics - Apologetic Report

Pride is an ever-present temptation for leaders.

In the world’s eyes, pride in leadership may actually seem beneficial. Today, prideful leaders are often celebrated because they seem “successful.” By mere force of their seemingly self-assured personalities, they shake up the status...

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In the last few weeks, we’ve been talking about the biblical practice of Jubilee in Leviticus 25 and specifically addressing incorrect assumptions about its meaning and application. Today, we will look at the idea that Jubilee is a universally applicable principle—that is, it...

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“I have seen friends and mentors throw themselves into the causes of justice and do extraordinary work for Jesus. I admired their passion, their devotion, and their sacrifice. But despite their extraordinary dedication, things went wrong. Burnout. Infidelity. Lost faith. Financial compromise....

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As Christians seek to impact the world around them with the redemptive force of the gospel, we often struggle with the best means to do so, especially when the world around seems hostile to the core ideas of our faith. There’s no better example of that tension than ancient Israel. In light of...

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On a Focus on the Family radio program last fall, Benjamin Watson, an African-American pro football player and Christian, spoke compassionately and frankly about racial issues. His balanced and biblical perspective opened my eyes. I ordered his book, Under Our Skin: Getting Real About...

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Editor’s note:You may wonder why a blog focused on faith, work, and economics is doing an interview with Nancy Pearcey, the author of a new book on life and biblical sexuality. Actually, there are a lot of common themes in her new book Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and...

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It’s been nearly six years since IFWE published our first “top ten” list of books on faith and work. Since then, we’ve seen additional great books published that we want to bring to your attention. We’ve updated our “top ten” list with books that powerfully...

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How is it that we can read a story, comprised only of words of ink printed on pages of paper, and be so deeply moved?

This question crossed my mind as I was wrapping up speaking at a weekend conference for several churches in Missoula, Montana.

I was prompted to mull over the answer in the airport on...

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As we celebrate the Fourth of July, we reflect on what it means to, in fact, celebrate. According to Webster’s dictionary (1828 ed.), a celebration incorporates, among other nuances, a setting apart by “marks of joy or respect” of an event or distinction worth honoring.

The Fourth...

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Monday, 02 July 2018 19:00

Is Income Equality a Biblical Mandate?

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In recent posts, I’ve been exploring assumptions made about the biblical practice of Jubilee, such as:

Today, let’s explore...

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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

— Thomas Jefferson, the U.S. Declaration of Independence

Former U.S. Senate...

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Every summer thousands of Christians pack their bags full of bug spray, bandanas, coloring books, toys, and translation books, eager to board a flight to a faraway nation.

Eyes full of excitement and hearts earnestly prepared to share the gospel with those natives of that distant nation, these...

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Have you ever felt that your best wasn’t good enough?  Maybe it was something a boss or coworker said or did not say about your performance.

Do you struggle with feelings of failure because you’re comparing your work and accomplishments to others?

HR experts Tony Schwartz and...

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In recent weeks, we’ve been covering five assumptions Christians commonly make surrounding the biblical practice of Jubilee described in Leviticus 25.

For example, some wonder whether Jubilee requires the forgiveness of debt and whether the principle should be applied to public policy,...

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Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen was famous for his rhetorical style because he sounded like a true politician. One of his more famous lines was “I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.” However, he is likely best known for...

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Vocation is a wonderfully broad and encompassing word. In contrast to how we normally think about calling, as something having to do with our career or professional work, I find tremendous grace and reassurance in the more biblical understanding of vocation that helps us see all work as God’s...

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imageIFWE Executive DirectorHugh Whelchel

IFWE’s executive director Hugh Whelchel was recently published in Christianity Today on the question of whether capitalism is sustainable in our current moral climate. In his article, Whelchel reviews a new book called Redeeming Capitalismby...

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What can vacation teach us about vocation? A fair bit, actually.

Several summers ago, I enjoyed a couple months of recreation and leisure, thanks to the generosity of my employer at the time. It was heavenly.

My family and I took a trip to the beach, we visited family and friends, we dined at local...

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It’s only the first day of summer and I’ve already logged numerous hours on my lawnmower cutting the grass. We’ve had record rainfall in the Washington, D.C. metro area, where we live. The grass seems to start growing as soon as I’ve mowed it. And, with the volume of grass...

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A few years ago, I sat down with Tony Casson, founder of Mission Muffins, a ministry of a D.C. men’s homeless shelter called the Central Union Mission. Mission Muffins strives to serve men in the shelter by employing them in a bakery, teaching them marketable skills, and helping them find a...

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This week, we’re continuing a series on the biblical concept of Jubilee—its context, its definition, and what it means for us as Christians as we seek to honor God with how we engage our culture and its economy.

In part one, we explored the assumption that Jubilee means forgiveness of...

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Does one woman becoming rich give her power over a poor woman?

As I discussed in a recent blog, economics can help us here.

Money does not imply that you have great power. Money gives you opportunity, choice, and often the ability to make even more money. But is that power?

How Competition Puts a...

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A young man asked me the following question during a faith and work conference we were both attending:

What should I do if I am stuck in the wrong job?

Almost all of us can relate to this question because we have all been in jobs that just weren’t the best fit. You may have been in the wrong...

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Do Christians graduating from college understand faith and work? How can we best prepare them for understanding their role in God’s kingdom work? We interviewed John Kyle, the executive director of The Fellows Initiative (TFI), a consortium of programs in churches around the country that help...

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Every June in America, many celebrate their educational achievement by walking across a stage to receive their high school diploma or college degree—a small piece of paper that signifies you really did it and it’s time to “launch” into the real world.

I remember fondly that...

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