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

I had a fascinating conversation with radio talk show host Janet Parshall on her show “In the Market with Janet Parshall.” She had graciously invited me to come on to talk about IFWE’s book For the Least of These:  A Biblical Answer to Poverty.

In this particular conversation,...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 19:00

How Do We, Like, Steward Our Words?

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We live in a society whose vocabulary is waning, and quickly. It has become more trivial over the years, and my hunch is that texting and the plethora of social media phenomena have done nothing to aid this widening gap.

Here at IFWE, we talk a lot about stewardship. Indeed, so does the church at...

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One employer I know always asked the same question to potential hires regardless of what job they were being considered for:

If I asked you to stand at the copier all day and make copies, would you be willing to do it?

Their response factored heavily into his decision to hire them or not. It seems...

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God has created us in his image so that we may carry out a task, fulfill a mission, pursue a calling,” — Anthony A. Hoekema, Created in God’s Image

When most people think about the book of Genesis, certain questions usually come to mind:

  • Did God create the world in six...

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Adulting (v): to do grown up things and hold responsibilities such as, a 9 to 5 job, a mortgage/rent, a car payment, or anything else that makes one think of grown-ups.

Is Becoming an Adult an Optional “Activity”?

Over the last couple of years, the new word “adulting” has...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 19:00

The Greatest Life Lesson My Father Taught Me

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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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Paul David Tripp, in his book, Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family, states, “God doesn’t call able people to do important things.” At first glance, this seems a little brash and harsh, but when he follows that up with the examples of...

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Sometimes it is costly to be faithful in the little things. It may mean saying “no” to the temptation to compromise.

I have a friend who worked for a number of years as chief of staff for a congressman. I thought he had great gifts of oratory and could run for political office himself. I...

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In a recent Wall Street Journalarticle, Warren Stephens asks the question, “Why do the young reject capitalism and at the same time celebrate entrepreneurs and free enterprise?”

Stephens highlights a study done last year by the Institute of Politics at Harvard in which more than half of...

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We get up, get dressed, snatch some breakfast, and rush to work on a weekly basis.

We grind through our weekly assignments or whatever routine work we do to earn a paycheck. Friday comes and we look forward to a concert, a movie, some football, reading a book, or doing odd jobs around the house.


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My mother-in-law is pretty tough. She is the only girl in a family of six.

When my son Parker was born, she told me to throw away all the parenting books. “Toss them out,” she said.

As a new parent, this terrified me.

When you’re a new parent, you have no idea what you’re...

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Economics tells us that more is always better than less. The world takes this principle one step further and claims that the more wealth and possessions we store up the more satisfaction we have. But what does the Bible have to say about this concept of gathering more for ourselves?

“Take the...

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How you define success may have a lot to do with your age.

Ask a baby boomer and they may be focused on leaving a legacy for their children and grandchildren.

Ask a millennial and they may be focused on the fast-track to career success that will land them on the Forbes “30 Under 30” list....

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Does your job feel like a small cog in a large wheel?

Understanding the value of the cog to the larger machinery, as well as the value of the machinery to society will help you appreciate the value of your work; however, your perspective will be limited. We need to look at scripture to find the...

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For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God (Acts 20:27).

If you search “verses on evangelism” on the web, you will get about 573,000 results.

While I have not checked every one, I suspect that the first verse on evangelism in the Bible is not on anyone’s top...

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One of my favorite people is a college guidance counselor by day and a stand-up comedian by night.

She listens well—better than almost anyone I know. I have no doubt if I were an aimless college student looking for direction, I would find her listening ear and a large dose of...

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We are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders.

– G. K. Chesterton

Have you ever considered how simple it is to access the Internet in most locations?

Barring occasional wi-fi connectivity issues, this has become an amazingly streamlined process. In most developed areas, you tend...

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In a New York Timesarticle, University of Notre Dame philosophy professor Gary Gutting reflects on the provocative Newsweek cover article:

Forget the church; follow Jesus.

Gutting suggests that the Newsweek piece is saying the moral standard Jesus expresses in the Sermon on the Mount is the important...

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Today, many people justify actions or an argument under the mantle of “social justice.” In many of these cases, however, the term social justice remains undefined. It becomes a blunt force instrument to support actions that on the surface may seem compassionate, but in reality may be...

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As families gather for barbecues all across the country in honor of Memorial Day, I’m humbly reminded of the important connection between freedom and flourishing. To honor the lives of those who have paid the ultimate price to secure and preserve our freedom, here are five...

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One of the best-known plantation homes of the South, Boone Hall, is not famous for its stately brick construction or elegant column-lined porch.

What makes the home a landmark is the iconic driveway lined with live oak trees.

The branches of the grand trees, originally planted in 1743, meet over the...

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Today is Ascension Day, a day celebrated by some Christian traditions to remember the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven after his resurrection and the 40 days during which he appeared to his disciples and others (Luke 24:49-53; Mark 16:19-20; Acts 1:9)

Many Christians rightly emphasize...

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Wonder Woman by Kate Harris is my favorite book in the Barna Group’s Frames series. In the book, Harris cites a statistic that resonates with me and many other women:

72 percent of women say they are overwhelmed by stress.

I’m suspicious of the remaining 28 percent.

Women living in a world...

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Some people grow up with clear and specific dreams of what they want their lives to look like. Others have a general idea, but don’t really think through the specifics. Unless someone is an intentional non-conformist, most people don’t grow up with a dream of living an unconventional...

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“The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Genesis 2:15).

In October of this year we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Most historians agree the Reformation officially started on...

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