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

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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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Thursday, 12 September 2019 19:00

Do Free Markets Promote Greed?

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In the discussion of markets and morality, objections to free markets often center around values and character. Art Lindsley has written about the need for Christians of character to be involved in culture, and that need is just as great within markets. Why?

Critics of free enterprise often argue...

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Tuesday, 10 September 2019 19:00

Is There Any Heavenly Good in Our Earthly Labor?

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My first official workplace—the kind that rendered a pay stub—was in eleventh grade after school at Woolworth’s Department Store. Each evening, my sundry task list included hauling heavy, sloppy trash bags from the old-fashioned lunch counter. The bags’ construction was less...

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Sunday, 08 September 2019 19:00

Taking the Romans Road of the Workplace

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This past summer I was bouncing between two projects, studying the book of Romans with colleagues, and putting the final editorial touches on a book about faith in the workplace. After a few weeks, the lines between these two projects became blurred, and I began to read Romans with the themes and...

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Today’s post explores a key driver of human decision-making.

We’re going to talk about an economic principle called marginalism. This is a term economists use to describe how individuals make choices when facing multiple alternatives. And it’s the subject of the third basic...

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Tuesday, 03 September 2019 19:00

How Blue-Collar Work Enhances the Common Good

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Through our participation in the world we discover the way things should—or ought—to be.

This is true in our understanding of God, of man, and our work.

As well, it’s the heart behind much of the recent faith and work conversation in the church and Christians centers—to view...

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Editor’s note: On Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, IFWE Executive Director Hugh Whelchel, author ofHow Then Should We Work?, preached a Labor Day weekend sermon on how your work helps to “Reweave Shalom” in bringing flourishing to the world around you for God’s glory and to further...

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Not too long ago, visitors to the United States were impressed with the spirit of voluntarism they observed to be alive in this country, whether it came from society at large or from local churches. This observation, for example, was made during the highly-reported visit of Alexis de Tocqueville in...

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Almost all of us can remember a time in our lives when God, through his Holy Spirit used something, a comment from someone, a scene in a movie, or a couple of lines from something we are reading to radically impact our lives. One of these seminal events happened to me over 25 years ago, and it has...

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Ten years ago, the United States endured one of the greatest economic market crashes in its history. The Great Recession brought a severe economic meltdown for the United States, consequently devastating the world market. Although a decade after the recession we may no longer feel its effects, we...

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As I discussed in my previous post, the Old Testament perspective on the poor is made clear throughout the Torah and the wisdom literature. Now, we want to see how we can apply this scripture to our society by taking a look at examples from ancient Rome and from the ancient Israelites.

The New Deal...

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It started as a joke, but it was repeated so many times it stuck. My nickname at work was “The Undertaker,” a term I quickly learned to hate. But let’s go back to the beginning.

It was the early 1990s and my family and I lived in the Denver area. We were watching the growth of an...

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Do you have a God-given dream that you are struggling to take the first step on? Then read our inspiring interview today with Baylee Eby, co-founder of Dreamer & Co, a new jewelry brand helping to bring about flourishing in the Horn of Africa. Baylee and her co-founder didn’t know much,...

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In the Alps of Switzerland, a wise man once lived out his religion as faithfully as he knew how. He was not a hermit who sought isolation, but an evangelist who invited many people into his home to converse and try to think God’s thoughts after him.

That man was Francis Schaeffer. That home...

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019 19:00

Your Calling Is More than a Job or Career

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Richard Leider and David Shapiro, in their book, Repacking Your Bags: Lighten Your Load for the Rest of Your Life, found that the number-one fear of most people is having lived a meaningless life.

They are not the only ones observing this trend. In a 2014 survey, the Barna Group reported that 75...

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Even though some schools have, surprisingly, already started, it’s not fall yet. The dog days of summer are still here, with seemingly endless hours of daylight and lighter traffic on the roads. If you’re looking for some weekend movie options, here are five films we’ve written...

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One of the biggest debates throughout the history of economics is how value is defined and determined. I want to take a look at this question and what it means for our work and our faith.

How Do We Determine Value?

Value is in the eye of the beholder. Think about how you value things—what to...

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How many of us feel our work is not “spiritual” enough or doesn’t matter in God’s grand design? Understanding this concept of a “priesthood of all believers” can help us see how all our vocations bear great importance.

The priesthood of all believers is an...

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Sunday, 04 August 2019 19:00

You Are Called to a Life of Fruitfulness

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

God has always been with us at work. And he wants us to be fruitful there as well as all the other areas of our lives. Yet, we often find...

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“When I went into early labor and was rushed to the hospital, we didn’t know what was going to happen,” recalls Anne Bradley, IFWE’s vice president of economic initiatives. She’s playing with her three-year-old daughter, Bailey, on a playground full of kids and parents...

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In our rapidly changing culture, tolerance has been enshrined as one of the ultimate virtues. Yet what exactly is tolerance? As believers, is tolerance something we should embrace or avoid?

Perhaps the bigger question no one seems to be asking is, what’s the real result of...

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This month, I had the privilege of studying in Oxford, Cambridge, and London while working on my Doctorate of Ministry in Workplace Theology and Ethical Leadership with a cohort of students from the US, Canada, and Australia. As part of our studies, we went on an extended tour of Westminster Abbey....

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