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

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Genesis 2:15).

In October of this year we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Most historians agree the Reformation officially started on...

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 19:00

Cronyism the Competition Slayer

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What if you were kept from pursuing a vocation or making a living because someone else had the power to put you down or block you from opportunities? What if that theft were legal?

That theft is legal, and some people—even some Christians—think it’s legitimate.

This theft takes...

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An article in The Wall Street Journal explored the dilemma of gossip in the workplace. Entitled They’re Gossiping About You: Strategies to Silence the Office Rumor Mill; the Talk Can Even Work in Your Favor, the article chronicles just that. Complete with winsome...

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A cairn is a human-made pile of stones. The word cairn comes from the Scottish Gaelic: càrn. Cairns have been used for a broad variety of purposes, from prehistoric times to the present. They are trail markers in many parts of the world—in uplands, on moorland, on mountaintops, near...

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Have you ever wondered why the faith and work movement and organizations such as the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics exist? Isn’t it obvious that our faith should have an impact on our work?

As Hugh Whelchel discusses in his book, How Then Should We Work: Rediscovering the Biblical...

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Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Colossians 3:23-24

Within most companies, you will find three types of...

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And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength (Mark 12:30).

Christ is clear. Loving God with our whole being is the most important and greatest commandment.

He plainly tells us that our relationships are the primary...

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How can service or being a servant be freedom?

This is the question my colleague Art Lindsley asks in his booklet, Free Indeed: Living Life in Light of the Biblical View of Freedom.He writes,

In Christ, we are freed from bondage in order to say ‘Thy will be done.’ We were headed down a...

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At IFWE we’re always looking for real-life examples of the integration of faith and work. What does it mean practically, day-by-day, to glorify God through our work and bring about flourishing? International Christian Ministries (ICM), through its Discipling Marketplace Leaders(DML)...

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Monday, 08 May 2017 19:00

Is the Protestant Work Ethic Still Alive?

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America’s vaunted Protestant work ethic is getting a makeover: Now it might be more of an atheist work ethic. 

So begins a 2014 article by Kimberly Winston about a study published in the Journal of Institutional Economics, which shows an inverse relationship between the...

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Sunday, 07 May 2017 19:00

Humility: The Key to Wise Decision-Making

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In a talk at Catalyst in 2009, Malcolm Gladwell tries to answer the question, “Why does confidence sometimes lead to bad decisions?”

As an example, he tells the story of the defeat of Union General Joe Hooker in the Battle of Chancellorsville during the Civil War. While Hooker had...

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Dear Millennial Women:

You can’t have it all, not even close. This is a message that is difficult to swallow because it flies in the face of the cultural lies that have been imposed upon you.

More importantly, it runs counter to how God created you. Misconceptions around what we can do and what...

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“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always”(1 Chronicles 16:11)

Today is the National Day of Prayer, a day designated by Congress in 1952 to urge Americans “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.” From the nation’s capital to local churches and...

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Can believers work with non-believers?

For most of us, our jobs and everyday activities bring us in contact with non-believers. We work alongside them day after day. How do we think biblically about this situation?

There is biblical precedent for believers cooperating with non-believers to...

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image We’ve had some rich conversations on the IFWE blog recently on women and work—both on working women and the church and the value of homemaking in God’s economy. Recently, I had the privilege of interviewing Courtney Reissig, author of the newly released Glory in the Ordinary: Why...

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But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today (Deut. 8:18).

In a New York Times article in September, 1970, Milton Friedman emphatically stated that the purpose of business...

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 19:00

Why I’m Teaching My Son to Be a Quitter

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Parenting is full of teachable moments. I’m finding that’s true both for the parent and the child. My son came home one day and exclaimed, “Mommy, you know what word we never say?!” I always cringe a little before responding with “What, honey?” (You never...

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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 19:00

The Jesus Vector: Leading with Truth and Grace

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The deacon meeting descended into chaos after a disagreement about replacing the sanctuary chairs:

You’re not qualified to lead because your son is out of control and disobedient! Just look at Titus 1.

Well, you’re too new a believer, according to Paul in 1 Timothy 3, so you...

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The way we’re working isn’t working….you’re probably not very excited to get to the office in the morning, you don’t feel much appreciated while you’re there, you find it difficult to get your most important work accomplished amid all the distractions, and you...

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Call me crazy, but I’m not a big fan of super high-definition TVs, especially for films. They lose their fantasy-like quality. But generally, providing more definition to things is helpful, especially for words and ideas that are casually batted around in society, like...

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He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 

— Revelation 21:5

“How can it be better than new?”

This was the question of a young man at a recent IFWE...

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Thursday, 20 April 2017 19:00

Stress and Your Relationship with God

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Are you one of over 70 percent of Americans experiencing physical or psychological stress? According to this statistic, you probably are.

Googling “how to relieve stress” will return almost 70 million results, some more helpful than others. The problem is, in our “I just want to...

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 19:00

Without Luther, There Would Be No Bach

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Martin Luther never met Johann Sebastian Bach. The two Germans were born more than 200 years apart. But without Luther, there would have been no Bach.

At 48 years old, when Bach received a copy of Luther’s translation of the Bible, he made extensive notes in its margins, allowing it to shape...

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The idea of self-interest can make believers recoil because it sounds like selfishness. Self-interest is part of our design in God; greed is the result of our own selfish desires. How do you tell the difference?

Greed vs. Self-Interest

In some ways, self-interest is a more benign concept that most...

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For many of us, the week after Holy Week leaves us wondering what is next. The period of self-denial is over for those who chose to participate in Lent. The excitement of Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday services is behind us. That day when we anticipate a well-versed...

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