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

Raising the minimum wage would help some people. It would help the people who can get minimum wage jobs and who otherwise would have earned less income. However, raising the minimum wage hurts many others, including consumers and those who lose their jobs as a result. All economists (some of whom...

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Personality clashes and disparate problem-solving styles are all too common, even in the most motivated organizations. Someone’s true character is often revealed in the way in which he or she acts and reacts in situations with others. The ripple effects can be devastating. They can even dam...

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 17:00

NFL Coach Frank Reich Speaks Out on Faith and Work

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What’s a former seminary president doing as a head coach in the NFL?

This is the focus of an excellent story recently published by The Gospel Coalition on Frank Reich, former president of the Charlotte campus of Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) and current head coach of the Indianapolis...

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 17:00

What Stewardship Teaches Us about Faithful Work

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What does it mean to steward blessings for the benefit not only of God and myself but also my neighbor?

While there are a handful of ways stewardship could be explained, one way is through the Old Testament concept of gleaning—where the poor gather grain in a field, from a portion that is...

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A recent cable TV ad shows a series of scenes with bananas where apples normally should be—children bobbing for bananas, a textbook with Isaac Newton getting hit on the head with a banana, a New York City T-shirt called “The Big Banana,” and even a Renaissance painting depicting...

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Thursday, 03 January 2019 17:00

It’s Time to End the Sacred-Secular Divide

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“Even for many Christians, work is often only a means to an end…. They have also been misled by the sacred/secular distinction, which teaches that working in the church is the only ‘real’ full-time Christian service,” Hugh Whelchel writes in his book How Then Should...

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Tuesday, 01 January 2019 17:00

Real Productivity: Getting the Right Things Done

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It’s the beginning of a new year and productivity experts are out again hawking new apps to help you work faster and better in 2019.

The emphasis on productivity is nothing new. Many years ago I heard a quote attributed to Thomas Edison:

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would...

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“What was your highlight of 2018? What is your hope for 2019?”

These are questions that have been asked around my family’s dinner table over Christmas and New Year’s in recent years, and I’ve loved hearing the different, heartfelt answers.

It’s a great time of the...

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 17:00

How Scrooge Mistook Money for True Flourishing

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The Ghost of Christmas Present showed Ebeneezer Scrooge a wider world.

Charles Dickens tells us in his Christmas Carol that Scrooge’s cramped vision hardly ranged from his counting house. He and the spirit wouldn’t need to travel far.

Scrooge’s line of work wasn’t the problem....

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 17:00

The Uber Missionary

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Bob calls himself an Uber Missionary. As long as I’ve known him, he has been a professional photographer. In July 2015, in addition to this long-standing career, he added a new “vineyard” to labor in. He became an Uber driver.

“How I was to serve the Father in this new field...

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Sunday, 16 December 2018 17:00

Top 10 Most Popular IFWE Blogs of 2018

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It’s been another great year on the IFWE blog! We’re grateful for our subscribers and those who share our blogs with friends, colleagues, and family. After 230 blogs, 200,000+ words of content on faith, work, and economics and more than 1.6 million pageviews of the IFWE website and blog...

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What are the responsibilities of the church to the poor? Has the church historically been a force for change?

Examples from the Early Church

In the Jerusalem church, believers “held all things in common” (Acts 4:32). This is a favorite verse for those who believe that redistribution is a...

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My least favorite day of the year is a Sunday in November—the end of daylight savings time, the day we “fall back” an hour. Suddenly, it’s dark all the time. We’re rushed from the long, warm summer nights into the short, dark winter days.

I saw a meme recently that...

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Why do cities matter to God? We looked earlier at the nature of cities: this included the aim of God’s redemptive scope—starting in a garden in Genesis and ending in a city in Revelation, the ways our work serves the city and the ways cities serve as a refuge, and the notion of cities...

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In my last post exploring “who are the poor?”, I discussed biblical definitions of the poor and the rich. Let’s take this analysis further. What responsibilities does the state have to the poor? There are several biblical and historical underpinnings that can help us answer this...

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 17:00

Tolkien’s Christmas Joy at Work

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I puzzle throughout December: “Is all of our holiday stress a recent-days phenomenon?” And in my most reflective moments, I ask, “Is there any way to find deeper joy in December’s work?”

J.R.R. Tolkien loved Christmas. He was so fond of Yuletide that beginning in 1920,...

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Solomon presents a remarkable case of both a life lived wholly for God and a life tragically fragmented by divided loves. At his best, Solomon shows how every aspect of life and work can be transformed by the love of God; at his worst, he shows how subtle divisions can sneak into the human endeavor...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 17:00

Why Economics Is Not a ‘Worldly’ Discipline

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“Economics is a discipline that is merely about the things of this world!”

So goes a common fallacy one hears occasionally from Christians who are suspicious of the notion of an economic science that can be compatible with Christian doctrine. If that were true, studying economics would...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 17:00

Three Lessons I’ve Learned Leading a Nonprofit

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Editor’s note: The following post contains excerpts from a recent interview of IFWE Executive Director Hugh Whelchel by Greg Kelm, Ph.D. student in Leadership Studies at Dallas Baptist University on the topic of nonprofit leadership.

1. As a leader, you have to walk the walk. Live out the...

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I have always lived in Los Angeles.

More specifically, I have always lived in the South Bay suburbs of Los Angeles. My love-hate relationship with LA is understandable.

My father and I each had nearly 40-year careers in LA’s aerospace industry which provided well for our families. With the...

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In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps (Prov. 16:9)

It was George Washington who, in his first year as president, originally set aside Thursday, November 26th, 1789 as “A Day of Publick Thanksgiving and Prayer.”

There certainly had been...

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 17:00

Three Reminders for Christians about Black Friday

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Each year at Thanksgiving, I am faced with a major choice—and it doesn’t involve what kind of pie to have. It’s whether I will pack up with a group of female friends after dinner and take part in an all-night, Black Friday shopping tradition.

Part of me would love to experience...

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Each one of us is passionate about an issue that is close to our hearts. Personally, I’m passionate about the idea of economic freedom because I see how intimately it impacts my ability as a Christian to be faithful to what God has called me to do. In recent posts, I’ve been working on...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 17:00

To Be Salt and Light Requires Risk-Taking

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Many of us often wonder what our true calling might be.

We ponder what it is we can bring to the world, something that is uniquely “us.”

We ask the questions “what difference can I make?”, “Am I significant?”, “When it’s all said and done, will my life...

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Two weeks ago, the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics (IFWE) hosted a symposium on religious freedom attended by more than twenty-five Christians scholars from around the country. The conference was part of a year-long IFWE project that is funded in part by The John Templeton Foundation. The...

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