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

Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62)

On September 9th, 2013 my father had a massive stroke. Seven days later, he went to be with the Lord.

My father’s passing has given me reason to spend time...

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Thursday, 07 November 2019 17:00

Finding Beauty in Tension: How Art Points Us to God

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“But if you confess that the world was once beautiful, but by the curse has become undone, and by a final catastrophe is to pass to its full state of glory, excelling even the beauty of paradise, then art has the mystical task of reminding us in its production of the beauty that was lost and...

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Tuesday, 05 November 2019 17:00

Making Assertions Without Arrogance

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Is it possible to make assertions about truth, justice, politics or theology without being arrogant?

It is often assumed that any assertion of a belief in religious or moral absolutes implies arrogance. As we will see, the absolute denial of absolutes is arrogant. Relativism arrogantly maintains...

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Disturbing. Disgraceful. Discouraging.

Amid accusations and fuming vitriol from all political sides, we hear these three words used to describe the current landscape of US politics and public sentiment.

In the wake of our turmoil, there is a real danger that good, God-fearing people will pull back...

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Thursday, 31 October 2019 19:00

Is Economic Thinking Relevant for the Church?

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When you have a master’s degree in economics, you get excited when you find economic concepts in unexpected places.

Not everyone shares your enthusiasm.

Case in point: the other day, I heard a sermon about leadership in the church, focusing on Acts 6. Hearing it I thought, “Look at that!...

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Editor’s note: As we observe the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church on Sunday, Nov. 3rd, please pray for persecuted believers around the world and for religious freedom for everyone. Read about the persecution of the early church and the beginnings of religious freedom in...

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Sunday, 27 October 2019 19:00

The Unseen Impact of Our Decisions

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If you feel disillusioned by current state of politics, you’re not alone. The battle of ideas occurring in our country is often bankrupt because we are fooled by truths of the world instead of committing to the truths of scripture.

But we don’t live in a theocracy, and I’m not...

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Thursday, 24 October 2019 19:00

Can’t I Just Attend Church Online?

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“You don’t have to go to church to be a Christian.” This is something I saw posted on Facebook (go figure).

Most of us have heard this statement before. You may have responded with hearty agreement, or perhaps you frowned and scratched your head.

Is this true? Can one be a Christian...

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This is the second of a six-part series exploring themes in Romans which I believe can act as a road or guide for us to follow on how the Christian faith can be lived in the workplace. The six themes include, the gospel attitude, the mind of fallen humanity, embracing our adoption, understanding...

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Sunday, 20 October 2019 19:00

Which Model Best Serves Religious Freedom for All?

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Ed. note: The following is an excerpt from the upcoming IFWE bookSet Free: Restoring Religious Freedom for All (Abilene Christian University Press, Nov. 12, 2019) and has been adapted for blog format. 

Which model of religion and public life serves freedom best?

This question lies at the heart...

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Thursday, 17 October 2019 19:00

A Redemptive Purpose for Profit in Business

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During my first twenty years in the family business (electric power system reliability for industries and utilities), I studied scripture to find a biblical basis for our business’s purpose.

I focused on several parts of scripture:

  1. Jesus’s teachings about the kingdom and his parables...

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Tuesday, 15 October 2019 19:00

How to Read Your Job Well

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Whether a book, the news, or someone’s facial expression, we all read things regularly in our daily lives.

But have you ever considered reading your work? This type of reading requires discovering wisdom about what practices and principles best apply to your unique job.

This skill of reading...

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Sunday, 13 October 2019 19:00

The Freedom We Must Never Take for Granted

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“Son, we’re in trouble. Chiang Kai-shek has just flown to Taiwan with his fam­ily and his money.”

Those words from my father in January 1949, when I was seven, were my introduction to an early crash course on the importance of freedom of religion and conscience. We were living...

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Since our banishment from the Garden of Eden, man has faced a central cultural dilemma: how do we fulfill God’s creation mandate in a world of aggravated scarcity without either starving to death or killing one another?

This is not at all a moot point.

Whether they know it or not, different...

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Tuesday, 08 October 2019 19:00

Bearing Fruit in Every Good Work

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What does “bearing fruit” as a follower of Christ really look like?

I wrestled with that question this summer as I had the chance to teach (in two different languages!) on Paul’s prayer for the church in Colossians 1:9-14. I would like to share some of what I learned with you,...

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Why would a group like the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics focus on the topic of religious freedom and why should you care?

This fall, IFWE is releasing a new book on religious freedom called Set Free: Restoring Religious for All(Abilene Christian University Press, Nov. 12, 2019). The...

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Automation is coming to a workplace near you. The result may be the displacement of about 1.4 million workers in Tennessee alone, according to a 2016 report from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. That number represented about half of the state’s current workforce....

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In the many vocational interviews I have done over the years, I have heard numerous stories about difficult bosses and strained relationships at work.

Even in the organizations working for the highest causes, the tone of the corporate culture does not always match the lofty vision of their group.

Acco...

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The ideas behind faith, work, and economics can be simple to communicate if you have the right tools. Once you understand the eternal value of ALL work (not just the work of pastors and missionaries and even the seemingly mundane work like washing dishes) you are excited to share it with others,...

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Thursday, 26 September 2019 19:00

Helping Without Hurting: Lessons from Haiti and Beyond

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The desire and motivation behind providing charity come from a good place.

We desire to see communities lifted out of poverty. We hope to provide relief to those afflicted by man-made or natural disasters.

While the intentions behind charity may be good, the West’s charity efforts are...

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The research is in: Americans have more free time than ever before.

According to a study conducted by University of Chicago faculty, Americans work on average eight hours less per week than in the 1960’s. Americans’ time devoted to work has declined while Americans’...

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Sunday, 22 September 2019 19:00

How to Think Biblically About Obedience at Work

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The word obedience does not carry a very positive connotation for me. In my youth I was told to brush my teeth, finish my vegetables, and do my homework. As I have gotten older the list has changed: get your yearly physical, get your income taxes in on time, and do your expense report at work.

Howeve...

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Thursday, 19 September 2019 19:00

What Does ‘Good’ Look Like in Poverty Relief?

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Poverty is a signal of the failure to acquire suitable resources for the achievement of one’s ends. Since life in this world is always marked by the limitation of resources relative to the ends we desire to achieve, poverty is relative. The poor person is simply unable to sustain his or her...

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019 19:00

What David Teaches Us About Whole-Life Stewardship

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Living a life of purpose and significance begins with understanding the foundational principles of biblical stewardship. Unfortunately, many Christians have been taught a narrow definition of stewardship that only involves tithing and managing personal finances. This limited view of stewardship has...

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Sunday, 15 September 2019 19:00

Where Is God When I’ve Been Fired?

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I have been reading William Morris’ book, Where Is God at Work? since last August. His fresh approach aligns so well with my own view on the theology of work, which can be summarized in the term “Immanuel labor.” Morris highlights the many...

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