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

Why have some societies seen so much human suffering? One foundational reason for the collapse of so many of these countries has been the lack of respect for private property in all forms. The reality is that private property laws have been key—maybe even thekey—to the economic...

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Sunday, 14 July 2019 19:00

Community as the Solution to Poverty

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It would be convenient if money alone could solve the problem of poverty. As citizens of the modern age, it might make our lives simpler and our consciences clearer if simply increasing the share of our paycheck the government takes to redistribute to others would truly help the poor. The answer to...

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According to the count of Rick Warren, a well-known pastor and author of The Purpose Driven Life, two thousand verses deal with the issue of the poor in scripture, even though the actual use of the term “poor” appears just over two hundred times in the Authorized King James translation.

W...

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Tuesday, 09 July 2019 19:00

9 Essential Points on the Theology of Work

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There is a significant need to recover a biblical theology of work in our time. In the past, there has been a failure of the evangelical church to address a theology of work. Thankfully, there are now a number of churches and organizations that are addressing this issue, but they are still far too...

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Creativity is the most powerful competitive advantage an organization can have, which is why companies need to hire employees who know how to foster new ideas and fresh thinking. As the world continues to advance, businesses without creativity at their core will fail. To stay competitive,...

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Thursday, 04 July 2019 19:00

Top Ten Economics Books for Beginners

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At bottom, economics is about us—what we choose, what we value, what we represent in language and symbols, how we interact with each other in the market, and especially how we produce, exchange, and distribute goods, services, and risk. Understand these things, and you’re well on your...

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Freedom is the last thing that should be taken for granted.

As we celebrate the Fourth of July this week, take a few minutes to reflect on the true meaning of freedom—both freedom in Christ and the outer freedom in society. Does the spiritual freedom we have in Christ relate to the outer...

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Sunday, 30 June 2019 19:00

You Can’t Be Anything You Want to Be

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Note: The following was originally published in Jordan Raynor’sweekly faith and work devotional—one of our favorite reads here at TIFWE.

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one...

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Thursday, 27 June 2019 19:00

Redeeming Your Commute

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I recently went through a two-day cleanse to help my body essentially “reset” itself nutritionally. This meant drinking the same smoothie for breakfast and a snack and eating the same soup for lunch and dinner. No meat, no dairy, no grains, no added sugars.

The blogger whose recipes I...

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In 2013, John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, claimed business is under attack. Speaking to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, he said,

Humanity has been lifted up by business and yet it has been completely hijacked by its enemies who create a narrative that business is selfish, and greedy, and...

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Last October, my wife and I attended the 2018 Faith@Work Summit in Chicago. (You can read my reflections on that event here.) One of my favorite parts was a workshop led by Mark Greene, Executive Director of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. His topic was “Connecting How We...

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Thursday, 20 June 2019 19:00

Stewardship Is More Than Managing Money

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Why is it important to focus on faith, work, AND economics?

Because understanding economics—beyond the financial sense of the word—helps you apply your creativity, purpose, and freedom to the best of your abilities. It will help you better steward the gifts and resources God has given...

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Tuesday, 18 June 2019 19:00

Why Your Creativity Matters to God

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Did you know you are called by God to be creative? If so, how are you answering that call?

We are made in the image of God. As such, a call to creativity is placed on our lives because we bear the creative characteristics of God. We are made to use our God-given creativity to cultivate the potential...

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We all have our share of feisty characters show up in our daily labors. My encounters with porcupine people began as an aspiring leader in high school.

Having already served in a number of roles, friends encouraged me to run for student body president. As I stood to give my campaign speech, there...

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There is no one formula for charity and poverty alleviation because God has equipped us all to fight poverty differently. Everyone has different relationships, resources, information, and strengths they can contribute.

But with all of the options to get involved in poverty alleviation, sometimes...

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Does there exist in the world a system that can lift up the marginalized and the poor, providing them with greater economic opportunity and happiness? Which systems restore human dignity and make way for human potential? These are the central questions Arthur Brooks, president of American...

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We have seen so much progress in science, technology, and medicine that has proven to be beneficial and even life-saving. But C. S. Lewis warned that we cannot give a blank check to “progress” in itself. After all, some progress leads to sickness rather than health.

A story from The...

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I looked at the stiff, gaudy gold couch, quickly convinced myself I could like it, and handed the owner half of her asking price until I could come back and pick it up later that week.

Let’s just say, it wasn’t one of my better decisions.

Under the stress of planning a wedding the...

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Mentoring in retirement sounds like a wonderful idea. “Invest in the next generation. Share your life experience. Feel a renewed sense of purpose.” But in reality, far too often mentoring feels awkward for both mentor and mentee.

To the mentee, it can often feel like a mono-directional...

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Sunday, 02 June 2019 19:00

Does the Book of Acts Teach Socialism?

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“A truly strange thing has happened to American Christianity,” Gregory Paul writes for The Washington Post’s “On Faith” blog. He claims that Christians who defend the free market are in a profound contradiction because Acts 2-5 is “outright socialism of...

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Regrettably, many American Christians know little about economics. Furthermore, many Christians assume that the Bible has nothing at all to say about economics. But a biblical worldview actually has a great deal to teach us about economic matters.

The meaning of work, the value of labor and other...

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Tuesday, 28 May 2019 19:00

Five Productivity Tips for Busy Leaders

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Let’s face it, leaders tend to be busy. There are always more things to do, ideas to implement, and projects to manage. Here are five essential things to keep in mind as you aim to effectively lead your team, organization, business, or church.

1. Make the good of others your primary aim.

This...

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Today is Memorial Day, a holiday I have only recently begun to appreciate. Freedom has been a given in my lifetime, but as the world seems to become an increasingly evil place, it’s a rare gift I can no longer take for granted. Freedom requires a special kind of commitment, one of duty, honor...

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Thursday, 23 May 2019 19:00

Is Networking UnChristian?

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Is it possible to network to the glory of God, or is all professional networking just an attempt to manipulate people into doing favors for you?

For many Christians, networking is a professional necessity. So how can we approach it from a Christian perspective?

A friend of mine, who spends roughly...

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One of C. S. Lewis’s most memorable essays is entitled “The Inner Ring.” It describes the experience and desire of us all at various stages of life—to be accepted within the “inner ring” of whatever group matters to us at the time.

To feel...

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