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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“Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16)

In his new book, The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation, Rod Dreher suggests that...

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“I feel invisible.”

“I manage a multi–million dollar portfolio at work. When I offered to help with the finances at our church, the finance committee never responded.”

“I tried to sign up for a Bible study, but the only groups for women meet on weekday mornings. I...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 19:00

We Are Who We Spend Time With

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“Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” —Prov. 11:14

In a recent blog post, I mentioned one of my favorite quotes:

You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the...

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Did you catch the video that went viral on the Internet about Andy George, a man who made a chicken sandwich from scratch? It only took him six months and $1,500 to do it.

Watching his adventures, you get a sense of how laborious this process is. It took this man across the country, from a...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 19:00

Wanted: A Meaningful Job

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If you’ve read anything about millennials in the past five years, you know they desire meaningful work. As described previously on this blog, this desire can be a significant source of anxiety as they hunt for jobs.

The truth is, it’s not only millennials who are searching for meaning in...

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If you’ve recently graduated from college, simply having a job is cause for gratitude. Through our work, God provides not only for our sustenance, but for all of creation as well. Understanding this allows us to appreciate the value of all honest work, not just the “glamorous”...

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At IFWE, we talk a lot about the role of the church in caring for the poor (Love Your Neighbor) and the role of market trade and business in helping lift people and nations out of extreme poverty (For the Least of These). Today, we shed light on an organization doing that well. I interviewed Jedd...

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Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. —Psalm 119:105 (KJV)

 

Motivational speaker Charles “Tremendous” Jones once quipped,

You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.

If this is true, then...

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If I could label my opinions about the role of women in the digital age, they would be those of an anti-feminism feminist.

That’s a mouthful, but it accurately portrays what I want for women and what women should be for.

In an article in the Freeman on contemporary feminism and its role in...

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image Dorothy L. Sayers was a mystery writer, dramatist, and faithful member of the Church of England for the first half of the 20th century. She is well known for her writing, not least for her essay, “Why Work?” She also presented a helpful perspective on the role of Christians and the...

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Editor’s Note: Yesterday, IFWE’s vice president of theological initiatives Art Lindsley delivered a lecture on his booklet,Free Indeed: Living Life in Light of the Biblical View of Freedom at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. You can watch a video recording of his lecture...

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In an article on The Gospel Coalition site titled “What if Your 20s Weren’t What You Expected?”, Jackie Knapp reflects on conversations she’s had with old friends looking back on their 20s. Apparently, life after college wasn’t quite what they had envisioned:

From a...

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If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. —James 1:5

“How do I know _______________ (fill in the blank),” is a question I often get when I speak around the country.

How do I know what God...

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 17:00

Six Ways Biblical Flourishing is Unique

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How do you live the good life? How do you really, truly flourish?

What’s more, how do we as Christians navigate the clash of cultural visions concerning “the good life” and what it means to flourish?

For Christians, the notion of “flourishing” goes much deeper than the...

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Many of us will have winding career paths in our lives, but how are we to make the best, God-honoring decisions at those critical forks in the road?

Yesterday, my wife and I received a nice hand-written letter from her nephew, announcing some exciting news regarding a change...

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Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the season of Lent. Other than going to an Ash Wednesday service and perhaps giving up something you crave like chocolate, does this season of contemplation and sacrifice have implications for your work?

I liked this description of Lent from author Ann...

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IFWE’s friend and colleague, Michael Novak, passed away on February 17, 2017. He was known for many things: he wrote more than 45 books, spent personal time with every president starting with John F. Kennedy, and was hosted and honored by many international leaders, such as Margaret Thatcher...

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Editor’s Note: We previously published a review of Daniel Dreisbach’s new book,Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers, which examines how the Bible informed the thinking of both Christians and religious skeptics at America’s founding. IFWE’s executive director Hugh...

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For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  

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Now that the new year is in full swing, how are you coming on your annual goals? If someone asked you why those were your priorities, what would you say?

If it weren’t for a nice gut check from God at the end of last year, my “good” goals for 2017 would have had all the wrong...

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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,” says Anne Bradley, IFWE’s vice president of economic initiatives. As she talks, her three-year old daughter plays on a swing set in a playground nearby.

There was nothing I...

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Are wealthy people greedier than others?

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, wealth breeds greed and other vices:

The rich really are different from the rest of us, scientists have found—they are more apt to commit unethical acts because they are more motivated by greed.

Is this...

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Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. — Isaiah 1:17

According to a 2015 World Bank report, more people have climbed out of abject poverty in the last 25 years than in all of the rest of the history of the world...

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Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

– Ephesians 5:15 -17

Although the origin of the phrase “There is no...

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Thursday, 16 February 2017 01:00

Five Ways Pastors Can Teach that Work Matters

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There is a memorable scene in the original Star Wars film that shows a ship jumping into hyperspace. There is a flash of light, a burst of acceleration, and it is suddenly in a different place a long distance away.

The evangelical church needs this burst of light—this thrust forward—in...

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