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
Sunday, 24 March 2019 19:00

Dismantling the New Sacred-Secular Divide

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“Raise your hand if you’re going into full-time ministry.”

This was spoken by the dean of the School of Business at the graduation dinner the December I finished college.

Having attended a Christian university, and knowing the context behind this question, I smiled and began to...

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 19:00

Overcoming Shame in the Workplace

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The teacher called my name and I felt my face ignite. Blood rushed to my cheeks and I knew immediately that I resembled a tomato. I quickly answered the question and tried to wish away my blushing cheeks, which was fruitless after a classmate whispered, “Why are your cheeks so red?”

This...

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It has become commonplace to say that we live in a pluralist society – not merely a society which is in fact plural in the variety of cultures, religions and lifestyles which it embraces, but pluralist in the sense that this plurality is celebrated as things to be approved and cherished...

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The college admissions scandal that rocked the U.S. this past week was a blatant reminder that we live in a fallen world where fallen people deal with issues of scarcity. What is scarcity and how does it impact our daily lives?

Scarcity is a fancy economic term to help explain that our fallen world...

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Thursday, 14 March 2019 19:00

God, the Model Entrepreneur

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In the beginning, God created… (Gen. 1:1)

Throughout the history of Christianity, a sort of Christian hierarchy of accepted vocations emerged. At the top are those that answered “the call,” such as missionaries and others in full-time church employment.

Somewhere near the bottom...

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 19:00

Why Does God Have Me in This Lowly Job?

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“Climbing the corporate ladder” is a phrase frequently used in a negative way to describe someone who is selfishly advancing their career at the expense of others. Millennials, however, view rapid upward mobility as something to be desired and praised. According to Entrepreneur magazine,...

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A recent Barna study reported, “Almost half of Millennials (47 percent) agree at least somewhat that it is wrong to share one’s personal beliefs with someone of a different faith in hopes that they will one day share the same faith.” In the same article, Barna president David...

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Our culture has a crisis in calling. We’ve been exploring this crisis, and how a biblical perspective on work can help us address it.

A biblical view of work runs throughout all of scripture. We are given the cultural mandate (Gen. 1:28) in Genesis to use our gifts to cultivate the kingdom...

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Mike Rowe, famous for his show “Dirty Jobs,” recently stated, “Good work implies the existence of bad work. Bad work suggests the existence of bad jobs. If you go into the world with an expectation that you have a category of good jobs and a category of bad jobs, then you’re...

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Sunday, 03 March 2019 17:00

The Spiritual Economics of Giving

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All too often sermons on tithing invoke more cringing, frustration, or resentment than actual tithing. The groaning becomes audible, the internal squirming becomes palpable, and people immediately start looking at their watches—or the nearest exit. However, there is another, more...

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“My greatest fear is that my life will not make a difference.”

A woman confessed this to me over the course of a vocational profile we were walking through together. Have you ever felt this way?

Over the past twenty-five years I have interviewed hundreds of people in the process of...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 17:00

Transforming Troublesome Coworker Behaviors

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People problems cost companies plenty. In a survey chronicled in the Harvard Business Review, executives from 83 companies estimated their companies lost $53 million each per year based on people-related problems.

For the believer, the Bible holds much advice on how to transform ourselves and those...

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 17:00

Utopian Dreams or Real Christian Hope?

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Do you long for a better world?

Would you like to see the many wrongs around you made right?

Do you wish everyone lived in a world of peace and justice?

Clearly we’d all answer yes to these questions.

The real question is, how can we accomplish these ends? How can we achieve a perfect world?

These...

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 17:00

God, Why Did You Give Me This (One, Lousy) Talent?

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God gave humans not only the physical world, but our own talents—gifts and abilities that we can use to serve him.

Prior to the Reformation, the medieval church interpreted the talents in Jesus’ parable as spiritual gifts God bestowed on Christians. But the Reformers upset the status quo...

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Sunday, 17 February 2019 17:00

The Glorious Image of Christ in You

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My friends, God, by his Spirit, is at work restoring his likeness in you, the way it once was in Eden, except even better. Adam and Eve gave their allegiance to the Serpent instead of God. But when the image of God is fully restored in you, affection for and adoration of God will consume you. Old...

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Why is economics so daunting for people to approach?

In a previous post addressing this question, I discussed the problem with modern economics and why it seems so confusing. In another post, I examined this problem in depth, looking at how people have become alienated from economics.

Today,...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 17:00

How to Handle Temptation at Work

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A committed church member, Rob couldn’t believe the situation he now faced. Sitting in the pastor’s office, he found himself confessing a significant moral failure. After a one-night stand with a co-worker, she conceived and would soon give birth to Rob’s daughter.

“I just...

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Sunday, 10 February 2019 17:00

Four Myths About God at Work in Hollywood

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We often group those that work in fields like the arts, media, entertainment, and advertising as “creatives.”

This is appropriate since all human beings are created in the image of God and one of the primary ways we give expression to our divine image-bearing is by being creative (Gen....

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 17:00

Four Ways to Show Christ’s Love in the Workplace

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Earlier this week, a JetBlue flight was forced to make an abrupt landing because one of its engines caught on fire. The cabin filled with thick smoke. The plane violently shuddered to its final landing.

Many of the passengers assumed they were going to die. After emerging from the smoke-filled...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 17:00

Biblical Womanhood Deconstructed

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Many women are a bit intimidated by the person they see in Proverbs 31:10-31: the wife, or woman, of noble character.

Is there nothing this woman does not do well?

Is she real?

Should we aspire to be this woman or have the same pursuits? If not, what should this passage say to us?

These are just a few...

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Speaking to global business leaders at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, social activist and U2 frontman Bono made an interesting comment about capitalism.

Capitalism is not immoral—it’s amoral. It requires our instruction. Capitalism has taken more people out of...

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 17:00

How Venezuela Took the Fastest Route to Poverty

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Some say all press is good press because it brings attention to an issue, idea, or person. Venezuela is getting a lot of press these days, but there is nothing good about it.

Media coverage continues to detail the desperate economic conditions plunging Venezuelans into poverty and despair.

We live at...

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Editor’s Note: In his essay, “Is Capitalism Exploitative?” Joseph Connors discusses whether capitalism leads to exploitation and how Christians should respond to the existence of sweatshops, like those in Bangladesh. Below is the summary of Connors’s essay. Since this is a...

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Does the Bible teach that business owners should give to charity? And if so, what should that look like?

Gleaning as Work, not Charity

In a previous blog, I introduced the Old Testament concept of gleaning as a way the Israelite landowners were instructed to steward their work and care for the poor....

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Matthew is a book written for first-century Jewish Christians. It is full of important lessons and facts about Jesus’ life and ministry, and like all the gospels, it is primarily focused on individuals and personal behavior as opposed to the Old Testament, which deals more with the conditions...

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