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
Monday, 20 November 2017 17:00

Poverty Is More Than Just a Lack of Money

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As you experience Thanksgiving this week with friends and family, both the joys and challenges, it is a great reminder that we are all made for community. We are not made to live in isolation.

Community is the reason we must focus not only on the material, but also the social, spiritual, and...

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Sunday, 19 November 2017 17:00

What Do I Do If My Job Is a Bad Fit?

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I received a note from an old college friend in response to my recent article on finding our purpose. He had this to say:

I have spent many years in this field. I love the basics of what my job entails. I love my customers and they demonstrate love...

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Crouched and ready to spring forward at the sound of the shot, you stare at the hurdles in front of you with anticipation.

You’ve practiced, stretched, and warmed up, and you’re ready to take on the obstacles ahead.

The finish line lies within reach, but only after you clear the hurdles...

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 17:00

The Black Friday Blitzkrieg Is Coming

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We have only to visit almost any major city in the free world today to find evidence of dramatic cultural decay on numerous fronts: malls dripping with images of sensuality and hedonism; girls from respectable, law-abiding families dropped off at school dressed like prostitutes; boys sitting beside...

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Editor’s Note: This is the second article in a series on biblical principles that are essential to poverty-fighting efforts. 

Each of us is made with unique and specific gifts and talents, and we are called to steward those gifts for God’s glory. We should use our gifts and...

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Whether you liked economics class in school or not, if you want to be a good steward of God’s resources, you need to think like an economist.

Maximizing the potential of our resources and not wasting what God has given us—materially, talent-wise, financially—is what we mean when we...

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Deep within each one of us is a hunger to live a life of significance and purpose. The key to satisfying our hunger for meaning is understanding one basic principle: we are stewards of everything we have.

Many Christians would agree with this concept of stewardship, but few are able to...

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Editor’s Note: As we celebrate Veterans Day (Nov. 11), IFWE would like to honor all those who have sacrificially served our nation to secure and defend freedom. Today’s blog reminds us that the freedom they fought for is precious, and it warns those who are flirting with ideas like...

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The world is ravaged by poverty and the way we strive to fight poverty isn’t working. If the goal is flourishing, then the means to achieve this goal is true gospel-centered love for the poor. We need principles to help us know how to help the poor out of poverty—principles...

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 17:00

Can a Work Colleague Be Your “BFF”?

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Can you be friends with people at work?

Yes, but it’s not as simple as that.

Elizabeth Moyer writes that all relationships can be hard to navigate, yet human beings cannot survive without them:

Relationships are tricky. Each one is different. They’re messy and complicated and painful,...

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Man is never truly himself except when he is actively creating something. — Dorothy Sayers

Dorothy Sayers (1893-1957) was a British author famous for her detective novels involving the character Lord Peter Wimsey. Outside of her fiction writing, she is most well-known for challenging...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 17:00

What Obedience Looks Like “In the World”

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Can a story about four young men in the book of Daniel help us in our struggles as believers in a post-Christian culture? Daniel’s story might just provide the perfect model for faithfulness to God’s call on our lives—no matter what the environment.

Working for the Good of the City...

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Do you know what’s great about a jigsaw puzzle? You always know what it’s supposed to look like in the end.

When you start a puzzle, you open up the box, prop it on the windowsill, and make sure all the pieces are picture-side up.  Then you get to work.

Your job is to assemble...

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Conversations about poverty and the alleviation of poverty tend to focus on providing material resources to meet the needs of the poor. There is certainly a need for material relief in assisting the poor. However, particularly in the United States, the most difficult aspect of poverty to remedy...

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As America celebrates Halloween tonight, many here and overseas celebrate an anniversary that changed the world.

October 31, 1517 marked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, which brought change to the church and ultimately impacted culture and society’s institutions as well.

A Catalyst...

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Sunday, 29 October 2017 19:00

Why Dishwashing Matters in God’s Kingdom

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Called the “hub of five valleys,” Missoula, Montana is encircled by five mountain ranges and is the meeting point of three rivers: the Blackfoot (of River Runs Through Itfame), the Bitterroot, and the Clark Fork. I traveled there several years ago and thought it was a beautiful place...

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Do you have a “life verse?”

I have two or three verses that qualify as “life verses” for me. These verses speak into my heart and soul, and I go back to them over and over again. Hebrews 12:1-2 is one of these passages that has always drawn me closer to God:

Therefore...

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IFWE has written a lot over the years in our books and blogs about the impact of Martin Luther, not only in the sphere of work but also in education, government, and other facets of society. Few may know that alongside this revolutionary man was a woman who also played an integral role in advancing...

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One of the most memorable of C.S. Lewis’s essays is entitled “The Inner Ring.” It describes our common desire to be accepted within the “inner ring” of whatever group matters to us at the time.

To feel “excluded” or “out of it” is miserable. Yet...

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I was thirty-four and walking through the door of the largest advertising agency in Minneapolis for my first day. How could this be? I had been offered a job for which I didn’t have the necessary “pedigree.” While that job would fade away in three years, it positioned me for...

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This month we celebrate the five-hundredth anniversary of the posting of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg, an event that unintentionally ignited what we now know as the Protestant Reformation.

To celebrate this anniversary, Eric Metaxas has released his latest book, Ma...

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We’ve all seen them: inspirational posters in the hallways extolling the company values. They often feature things like integrity, innovation, teamwork, customer service, etc.

I once encountered a corporate value I had never seen before. It is one I have come to cherish.

An Uncommon Corporate...

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In 2000, Christianity Todaypolled its contributors on the top ten books of the twentieth century, and Mere Christianity came in first place by a significant margin. C.S. Lewis’s popularity has shown no sign of waning since then and, if anything, it is increasing.

What is the key to...

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The contents of my purse are bizarre.

As a working mom, I need to be prepared for anything, so my purse is a reflection of what I think those things might be.

It’s also a record of past events—memories that haven’t made it to their final resting places.

It is usually home to my...

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I’ve heard a thought-provoking statement repeated in some Christian circles:

Caring for the poor is too big for the church.

Is this true? How are Christians to think through this question from a sound biblical and economic perspective? We know the Bible teaches we are to care for the poor, but...

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