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

When economists talk about the free-market economy, they use principles that help explain what may come from certain actions. Their explanations emphasize an element of predictability.

But no one can know exactly what will happen in particular situations since unseen variables can affect outcomes....

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 19:00

Six Ways God’s Presence Impacts Our Work

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There is a clear pattern in scripture of God working in and through his people, empowering them with his presence and bestowing various abilities upon them in order to meet the legitimate needs of people. I call this simple concept Immanuel labor.

A wonderful resource that helped me see this...

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In the sixteenth century, Nicolaus Copernicus theorized that the earth was not the center of the universe. He was quickly condemned as a heretic by both the Catholic and Protestant churches and ridiculed by scientists of the day. It was not until many years later, after the discoveries of men like...

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Income inequality is still at the forefront of conversation for many people. Thankfully, there are biblical principles that help Christians understand whether income inequality is a problem, and if so, how we are to respond.

We’ve talked a lot on the IFWE blog about various aspects of income...

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Today is “Whit Monday,” traditionally the day after the Christian holy day of Pentecost, which was yesterday.

Interestingly, “Whit Monday” is still an official government holiday in many Western European countries, whereas evangelical Christians in the U.S. don’t have a...

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Thursday, 17 May 2018 19:00

Loving Our Colleagues by Speaking the Truth

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We long for love, joy and truth. And yet, we often feel the pressures of the workplace require us to hide and misrepresent the truth.

In 1 Corinthians 13:6, we learn that love rejoices with the truth. The Apostle Paul teaches us that love, joy, and truth are connected.

In this passage, the word truth...

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 19:00

Is God’s Wisdom Revealed Only on Sundays?

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To get more knowledge about your field of work, you may be able to take an online course, go to a conference, earn a degree, or just do a Google search to find what you need. To gain understanding about workplace dynamics, you may be able to find a good mentor. But how do you get wisdom?

The Bible...

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It’s easy to misunderstand the notion of income inequality if we do not understand income mobility—the movement of individuals toward earning higher incomes and accumulating more wealth over time.

To understand income mobility, we need to look not just at current income figures but at...

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In the heart of Richmond, VA, looms Gilpin Court, a housing project 783 units large. I grew up in a suburb west of Richmond. If I was planning to drive into the city for an evening, I remember my parents saying things like, “Well just make sure you don’t end up near Gilpin Court!”...

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Recently, I was asked to speak on the “Seven Mountains of Cultural Influence.” This is the idea that there are seven areas of activity in society that influence our common culture. If we as Christians are to be salt and light in the world and influence the culture around us, we need to...

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When I was a mostly-stay-at-home mom, I really questioned my value to the machinery of our economy.

What was I contributing to the GDP? If I was not generating much dollar value in the marketplace, what value did I have to society?

I would regard my counterparts in the professional world with...

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Mother’s Day at church can be a sensitive time for women. My pastor is always intentional in expressing kindness to a variety of groups of women on that day: those who wish they could be moms, those whose children have died, those who have wayward children, those whose moms have...

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Dry-cleaning, grocery shopping, meal-prepping, lunch-packing, laundry, gifts for birthdays, holidays, and special occasions. I can never fully check these things off my list, and this is just the beginning. I like to get things done, so this revolving to-do list seems problematic.

But, what if God...

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Raised in a farming family in Oregon, I’ve never not worked. After getting my MBA and embarking on a career in commercial real estate, I continued to work while raising my two children. Now, I have the immense honor of leading 4word, a ministry for Christian women in the workplace.

Despite more...

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Sunday, 06 May 2018 19:00

Honoring the Faith and Work of Moms

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Editor’s note: There’s no doubt about it, mothers play a significant role in contributing to human flourishing. In honor’s of Mother’s Day, the IFWE blog is focusing this week on the work of moms (and those who support them!).

Mother’s Day is accompanied by certain...

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Are markets just?

Answering this question requires examining three main features of the market economy:

  • Institutions that provide for a system of well-defined and readily enforced property rights
  • Voluntary exchange of that property
  • The ability to associate freely with other people and organizations

Today...

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Today is the National Day of Prayer, a day designated by Congress in 1952 to urge Americans “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.” The theme this year is to seek unity for our divided nation, and the theme verse is Ephesians 4:3: “Making every effort to keep the unity of the...

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“[all men have] equal title to the free exercise of Religion according to the dictates of Conscience.”

“…all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion.”

—James Madison, Article XVI, Virginia Declaration of Rights

This language, crafted...

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Have you ever wondered why Jesus said it was better for us that he go away (John 16:7)? While Christmas and Easter are integral to the Christian faith, the Ascension of Christ (celebrated this year on May 10th) has incredible implications for you, your vocation, and the Church as a whole, and...

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Last week, I asked the question, why is it better for Jesus to ascend to heaven rather than physically stay on earth?

I believe it is because of where Christ was going, who he was going to send in his place, and what he was going to do when he got there. Grasping the where, who, and what...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018 19:00

Did Bad Theology Create the Welfare State?

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In When Helping Hurts, Dr. Brian Fikkert makes a bold claim: the current welfare state is the fault of the evangelical church.

In The Great Reversal: Evangelism Versus Social Concern, scholar David Moberg argues that prior to the twentieth century, the early church played a huge role in ministering...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 19:00

So, What Are My Twenties for, Anyway?

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What are my twenties for? It’s a question of purpose, significance, and direction; rife with tension and anxiety, full of your own expectations and those of parents, churches, employers, friends, and professors.

Your twenties are filled with voices telling you what you should do with your...

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Albert Einstein once said, “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”

So, Mr. Einstein, what’s the difference between knowing and understanding? What about wisdom?

Whatever his response would have been, the authors of the Bible speak a lot about these ideas. Interestingly,...

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It is certainly right to place great emphasis on Christ’s birth (Christmas), death (Good Friday), and resurrection (Easter), but to ignore or minimize what comes after these important events (the Ascension) has impoverished the church. Ascension Day celebrates the day that Jesus ascended to...

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In a 2013 blog, David Spickard, former president and CEO of Jobs for Life ( JfL) discusses how jobs can serve the neediest in our communities. He tells a story of two young women, “April” and “Mandy.”

Both women grew up in abusive homes and ran away. Both were young and...

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