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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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 19:00

What Are You Gifted to Do?

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What are you specifically created to do? That is the million-dollar question!

To answer this question, we need to understand the nature of God’s gifts. Look at the passage in I Peter 4:

As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold...

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You are clothed with splendor and majesty, covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent (Psalm 104:1-2)

Cheers and applause burst forth as millions of people in the U.S. experienced a beautiful sight yesterday watching a total or partial eclipse of...

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This title may sound odd to you regardless of whether you work full- or part-time hours. If you’re working part time, this message is partly for you. Perhaps you are already working full time. You may be thinking, “How does this apply to me? I’m already doing that.” This is...

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In 1940, John Magee, Jr. crossed into Canada and enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was one of hundreds of Americans who crossed the border to volunteer to fight for Great Britain against Hitler’s war machine.

One year later, Magee was sent to England as a fighter pilot and was...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 19:00

The Counterintuitive Path to Biblical Success

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Sometimes the world’s idea of success is a number, like a perfect GPA or SAT score. It can be a winning score in a competition or game. In business, it can be a sales goal, a profit margin, or winning an important case. However, it’s not always quantified. Success can also be equated...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 19:00

The Tension of Being Young in the Workplace

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If you’re a young person in the workplace, you may be feeling a mix of emotions about your work. As exciting and rewarding as your job may be, you likely feel the inherent tensions that come with being the age you are.

In one sense, you’re stoked. Life has just begun…the world is...

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Mark Zuckerberg wants to give you money, but it’s not his money!

In a recent Harvard commencement address, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg joined other major technology figures to advocate for universal basic income (UBI). With the rise of new technology, like driverless cars, which many fear...

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Are you in the doctrinal, charismatic, or activist “camp” when it comes to your faith?

As I’ve discussed in previousposts, one problem in the modern and post-modern world, including the church, is the failure to see the connection between what we do, what we think, and what we...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 19:00

Could Capitalism Actually Breed Compassion?

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Despite the ravages of sin, the world is an amazing, awe-inspiring place. This should not be much of a surprise as we know the One who created the world. Sin is less powerful than God and his creation, or sin would have already destroyed everything.

There are many bad things surrounding us. In...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 19:00

I Can Stream Church: Do I Have to Attend?

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Have you ever thought about why you go to church? It’s not just for the coffee and donuts, though some churches offer really good coffee these days!

We’ve discussed on this blog that Christian calling involves a call to grow in our walk with Christ and that primary call is lived out in...

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It used to be that a stable job with a large employer was part of the “American Dream.”

Such is the reminder in the description of Rick Wartzman’s new book The End of Loyalty: The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs in America.

Wartzman would not disagree that there are a lot of jobs...

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Institute for Faith, Work & Economics is pleased to announce the launch of our latest book, Counting the Cost: Christian Perspectives on Capitalism (Abilene Christian University Press). Co-edited by IFWE’s Art Lindsley and Anne Bradley, Counting the Cost tackles moral concerns many...

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Some of us may be guilty of knowing a lot about God and even having moments of intense emotion in our faith, but ultimately failing to put what we know into practice.

As I’ve discussed in previousposts, one problem in the modern and post-modern world, including the church, is the failure to...

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 19:00

Why Making a Profit Is Good Citizenship

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What does a good citizen do?

If you paid attention in eighth-grade civics class, you can rattle off the standard list of a citizen’s duties, including voting, obeying laws, becoming informed on pertinent issues, investing in your community, paying taxes, serving a jury panel, or perhaps even...

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There’s a powerful scene at the end of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Ringsthat was not in the movie. After the ring is destroyed at Mount Doom and eagles rescue Sam and Frodo, Sam wakes up from his sleep surprised he is alive and surprised to see Gandalf standing at the foot of...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 19:00

Where Does Spiritual Doubt Come From?

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Have you ever questioned your faith in God?

According to a recent study from Barna, episodes of doubt about what we believe are not unusual. The study reports that two-thirds of American adults who self-identify as Christian have experienced “spiritual doubt,” and 26 percent say they...

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I’m a public-school teacher in Boise, Idaho and would venture to say that I make a decent living. Around the teachers’ lounge and in conversations outside of school, talk about teacher pay usually goes like this:

Teachers should get paid more.

If we paid teachers more, we would attract...

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We might ask the question, “Which is more important to my faith, knowing scripture or feeling passionate about God?” Perhaps your time in Bible study has been dry. Or perhaps the opposite is true, you were excited after a recent Christian event, but the feeling was gone the next day.

Firs...

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One of the lessons I wish I had learned earlier in life was the art of receiving constructive feedback well. If you’re like me, even the words “constructive feedback” or “constructive criticism” make your stomach flip-flop.

Our anxiety surrounding such feedback may be...

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 19:00

Is Pursuing Wealth or Poverty More Virtuous?

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Is God more pleased with wealth or poverty? Plenty of people attempt to answer that question by using scripture, often out of context, to support two extreme views:

  • Some embrace the “prosperity gospel” which says the reason you don’t have riches and wealth is simply because you...

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Did you ever fight with your siblings growing up? What about your parents? Did you perfectly obey them when you didn’t get what you want, or when they insisted that you clean your room before hanging out with friends? Mostly likely not.

Similar to our struggle with God, we desire independence...

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He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past. — George Orwell, 1984

“How can we be living in a post-Christian culture when over 70 percent of Americans self-identify as Christian?” asked a man in his mid-thirties at a recent...

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 19:00

Redirection not Retirement

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One of the things I have observed living in Washington, D.C. is that it is a very transient city.

People come and go due to careers in government, working on government contracts, or working in the military. Because of this, you hear the terms “deployment,” “posting,”...

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Sometimes job changes occur out of necessity; one job ends and we need to find a new one to pay the bills.

In other cases, we can find ourselves content with where we are when a new opportunity comes to our attention.

Two years ago, I moved from a position at a seminary to one at a...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 19:00

Why Loving God with All Your Mind Matters

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I know a pastor whose study contained a desk, a kneeler, and a couple of chairs.

The desk and its accompanying chair were well worn from hours of study, and most of the books that lined the shelves around the room had been opened and carefully studied.

The kneeler was not far from the desk and faced...

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