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
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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Sunday, 11 November 2018 17:00

Freedom That Is Worth Fighting For

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A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for an amount up to and including their life (Unknown).

As our nation observes Veterans Day (Nov. 11), IFWE would like to honor all those who have sacrificially served our nation to...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 17:00

How Prices Work to Keep Profits Fair

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If I make a profit off something I sell, how is it that the person I sell the item to is also better off? Shouldn’t one of us be worse off from the exchange so that one of us can benefit?

It turns out the price system is the way in which two people can benefit from a business transaction, and...

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It’s the day after Election Day and pundits are striving to figure out what really mattered to voters this year. From Day 1 at IFWE, we have been focused on educating Christians about what the Bible says about God’s calling for us to work and love our neighbors. To that end, we seek to...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 17:00

6 Reasons Our Work Is Hard

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My pastor, Rankin Wilbourne, has been teaching through the book of Ecclesiastes and recently highlighted its critical message for our lives, our work, and our need for honest reflection.

In fact, Pastor Rankin quoted Herman Melville as having said, “Ecclesiastes is the truest of all...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 19:00

Why Creating Wealth Is Not Exploitative

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We have all seen the various stereotypes of the Wall Street tycoon grinding the little guy under his thousand-dollar dress shoes on his way to the top.

In the popular imagination, it is almost inconceivable to think that someone could obtain economic success or wealth without exploiting the...

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As working Christians, we are deeply aware of the gap that exists between Sunday and Monday. Although the two days are next to each other on the calendar, they seem miles apart.

On Sunday we hear that we are children of God, saved by grace in Jesus Christ. On Monday, there are endless emails to be...

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There’s never been a more urgent time than now to have HR professionals who are grounded in sound biblical principles. With the rise of the #MeToo movement, human resources consultants are in high demand as companies, churches, and organizations ensure best practices and deal with existing...

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Captain James T. Kirk likes to get his way.

In the 2009 movie reboot of Star Trek, while a cadet at Starfleet Academy, Kirk has to take a war games simulation called the Kobayashi Maru. He fails on his first attempt. The ship is destroyed and the crew is killed.

Kirk passes the test the second...

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 19:00

Religious Freedom or Tolerance: Who Decides?

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The idea of religious liberty has emerged as one of the unique contributions of the American experiment, but where did it originate?

On May 6, 1776, thirty-two “sons of Virginia” representing every county of the state met in Williamsburg to pass a resolution calling for the Virginia...

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Sunday, 21 October 2018 19:00

Caring for Our Own ‘Garden of Eden’

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Recently, I taught on some of the basic biblical principles on work in Gen. 1:28 and Gen. 2:15 that describe Adam and Eve as God’s coworkers. As I reflected on these verses, it occurred to me that just as Adam was placed in the literal Garden of Eden to work with God for his divine purposes,...

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 19:00

Why a Ukrainian Church Said ‘No’ to American Aid

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When the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991, the newly independent nation of Ukraine faced numerous challenges: Between 1991 and 1997, Ukraine lost sixty percent of its GDP, inflation increased to five digits, and there were riots in the streets.

Members of a church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania,...

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Is wealth creation godly or greedy?

The Bible teaches that the creation of wealth is both a godly gift and a command. Unfortunately, the biblical role of wealth creation is misunderstood in many churches today.

The good news is that there’s a global movement of Christians that are seeking to...

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Ask people who their favorite composer is, and you will get everyone from the “artist formally known as Prince” to Beethoven.

But ask who the best composer of all time is, and a majority of people who know anything about music will tell you it is Johann Sebastian Bach.

Bach lived in...

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Joel Salatin is a “beyond organic” farmer in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He sat down with IFWE for a video interview to talk about the biblical view of stewardship and how this translates into his work at Polyface Farms.

Stewardship in Work

To Salatin, stewardship is the Christian...

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When payday approaches, it can feel good to have the balance in my checking account rise. After the deposit is recorded, there comes a feeling of satisfaction about being rewarded for diligence and effort. This is a perfectly natural feeling, but it can be a dangerous one.

One of the reasons we go...

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On my morning run, I catch first glimpses of seasonal beauty breaking through on the landscape. It’s early October, so I should not be surprised, but I’m still a kid in serious awe each autumn. Slowly descending a hill, there I spy it. Just atop a cluster of trees, an explosion of...

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Entrepreneurship creates the opportunity for personal, individual flourishing.

Flourishis one of my favorite words, probably because it enjoys a variety of dictionary definitions:

  • To be in a vigorous state, to thrive
  • To be in its or in one’s prime, the height of...

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Recently, while speaking at a college, I asked students if world poverty was on the rise or on the decline. Many of them answered that they believed poverty was on the rise—and they are in good company.

A 2014 Barna poll revealed that two-thirds of people in the U.S. also think that...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 19:00

Avoiding Deep Dissatisfaction in My Job

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Apparently, only 19 percent of the adult workforce can claim they are extremely satisfied by their work (Barna Group research in 2014). I’ve noticed today there are many approaches being offered by businesses for those seeking to find deeper fulfillment and satisfaction in whatever their...

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One of the more remarkable developments in the workplace over the last several years has been the advent of technology allowing more and more workers to telecommute, or work from a home office.

Telecommuting allows for greater flexibility in balancing work and home life—particularly for women...

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Did you know that working is one way that we bear the image of God? We were indeed created for work (Gen. 1:26). Our efforts at work can bring delight to us and to the Lord and allow us to serve the common good and bring about flourishing in the world around us. In fact, creating value through...

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What if someone prefers a temporary productive loan as a means to work their way out of poverty—a loan that affirms their dignity while serving the common good through a business activity?

Consider this case from medieval times. MontesPietatis (“mounds of piety”) were charitable...

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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.

As we explored in the last blog, the moral of Solomon’s ascension is that when the heart of the king is devoted to the Lord (1 Kings 3:1), that devotion affects every...

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