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
Thursday, 23 May 2019 19:00

Is Networking UnChristian?

Written by

Is it possible to network to the glory of God, or is all professional networking just an attempt to manipulate people into doing favors for you?

For many Christians, networking is a professional necessity. So how can we approach it from a Christian perspective?

A friend of mine, who spends roughly...

Read more

One of C. S. Lewis’s most memorable essays is entitled “The Inner Ring.” It describes the experience and desire of us all at various stages of life—to be accepted within the “inner ring” of whatever group matters to us at the time.

To feel...

Read more

“Why should I worry about work and impacting the culture around me when it’s all going to burn up anyway?” asked a young Christian I spoke to recently. “I am just waiting to go to heaven,” he added.

Unfortunately, this theological view is what far too many Christians...

Read more

Even as early as Genesis 2:18, when God said “It is not good for man to be alone,” it’s been evident we’re designed to live in community.

God gave Eve’s companionship to Adam, and he gave his own to both. Even today, after the Fall, we’re given into a family and...

Read more

What role should religion play in our lives outside of church, including our workplace?

While the founding fathers would have argued religion plays a critically important role, many today who are less influenced by Christianity or other faiths are not so sure. And as a recent four year, Barna study c...

Read more

Constant connectivity has the potential to make accomplishing our jobs easier, but it may also contribute to “half-work” that saps workers of their energy without resulting in greater productivity. For some, constant availability and long hours are a sign of diligence, but it may...

Read more

Thursday, 09 May 2019 19:00

Do Moms Matter in God’s Economy?

Written by

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...

Read more

Tuesday, 07 May 2019 19:00

Dear Graduate, Discover Your Calling

Written by

If there was one thing, I could tell a recent graduate it would be, “you are made in the image of God.” This truth provides the basis for our work and vocation.

If we are made in the image of God, we share his characteristics. Because God is creative, we can be creative in our work, and...

Read more

Sunday, 05 May 2019 19:00

It’s Time to Rethink Retirement

Written by

“What am I going to do with my retirement?”

The anxious question came from Anne Bell, a recently retired researcher at the University of Northern Colorado. As a staff volunteer for the 5280 Fellowship, a young leaders program in Denver, Anne decided to give her first year of retirement...

Read more

Thursday, 02 May 2019 19:00

Why Worship Involves Risk-Taking

Written by

When we think about worship, particular images come to mind—gathering in a church service, listening or singing along to spiritual songs, rocking out to a worship band, quietly praying or talking with God, or perhaps kneeling, bowing, or raising our hands.

But there are other, less obvious...

Read more

We recently received an email from one of our readers asking if we had written anything specific about bivocational ministry. It came from someone who runs a small company and serves as the pastor of a small church, which is quite common both in the United States and around the world. In fact, a...

Read more

Sunday, 28 April 2019 19:00

Eight Steps Along the Path to Wisdom

Written by

If I were to take you in a helicopter to Afghanistan and parachute you into the middle of the country without a map and without knowledge of how to discern where one of 10 million land mines are located, how long do you think you would last?

Being dropped into minefields without knowing how to avoid...

Read more

It is not uncommon for many people to think there is an unbridgeable chasm between Christianity and economics.

  • There are unbelievers who are aghast at the notion that economic truth has any affinity with anything smacking of religious belief.
  • On the other hand, many Christians assume economics is...

Read more

The number one fear of the millennial generation is living a meaningless life.

In a recent informal survey of undergraduate students at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA, 27 percent of students asked expressed anxiety when considering their vocation. “Scared,” “uneasy,”...

Read more

Sunday, 21 April 2019 19:00

Breakfast on the Beach with Jesus

Written by

Imagine a breakfast of fresh, grilled fish and warm bread on the beach after pulling an all-nighter at work. You’re watching the sunrise, surrounded by your closest friends, and your host is none other than the newly risen Savior. This is one of my favorite scenes in the Bible, and I dream of...

Read more

Thursday, 18 April 2019 19:00

How Easter Changes Everything About Your Work

Written by

In Dante’s poem Inferno, a sign was posted on the gates of Hell that read:

Abandon all hope, ye who enter here!

Today many would suggest that the same sign should hang above the entrance to their workplaces.

It’s clear that we need hope, and sometimes we need it while at work.

In...

Read more

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 19:00

Easter Is Only One Chapter of God’s Story

Written by

Those who come to church only at Christmas and Easter are not only missing out on fellowship and regular teaching within the body of Christ, they are also missing out on learning more about the whole story—what God planned from beginning to end. It’s like walking into the middle of a...

Read more

Sunday, 14 April 2019 19:00

God Watches the Way You Work

Written by

A Weighty Decision

It is our heavenly Father who provides food for birds and clothing for flowers. We, who are more valuable to him, are therefore to trust him for the necessities of life.

Anxiety and fear are real. Many years ago I was in Hungary and met a man whose demeanor impressed me greatly, a...

Read more

Thursday, 11 April 2019 19:00

The Parable of the Good Samaritan Part 2: Business

Written by

When we think of the parable of the Good Samaritan, we tend to think of the importance of charity and giving to those in need. That is one of the chief points Jesus is making. But is it possible that the parable might have something to say about work and business as well?

A Sequel to the Good...

Read more

Tuesday, 09 April 2019 19:00

Gaining Perspective in a Quarter-Life Crisis

Written by

By age 30, many young people today are asking themselves the same questions that a 50-year-old would ask, “It this as good as it gets? Why aren’t I living the dream? Am I a failure?” That’s what author Rachel Jones writes about in her new book, Is This It?It’s not a...

Read more

If you are not one of the over 36 million people who have watched UCLA college gymnast Katelyn Ohashi’s perfect floor exercise you need to watch it…go ahead, I’ll wait.

I will have to admit that I knew who Katelyn Ohashi was, but I had not seen her routine. She and her teammates...

Read more

Thursday, 04 April 2019 19:00

Learning to Be Content In Every Circumstance

Written by

I am an intensely independent person. I take pride in being able to solve my problems and the problems of others. As you might imagine, a common theme in my life is learning to trust God more than myself.

It’s easy to claim to be trusting God when things are going your way. However, the best...

Read more

There is a website called Despair, Inc. which makes fun of the signs and motivational posters that adorn the walls of so many offices. My favorite is one that shows a picture of a sinking ship.  Under the picture the caption reads, “It could be that the purpose of your life is only to...

Read more

Sunday, 31 March 2019 19:00

Finding Purpose in the Gig Economy

Written by

We’ve all seen it growing, used it, and may even have found ourselves offering our own labor and services as part of it.

The Gig Economy.

Uber, Lyft, Airbnb, PostMates, Fiverr, Etsy, Rover, and Shipt have all expanded our imagination of what’s possible and how we might benefit from it.

Whet...

Read more

Japan has a problem that foreshadows the future for many developed nations: a falling birth rate.

Its fast-shrinking population means Japan’s future labor force and tax base will shrivel, while its costs to maintain the elderly will grow.

This looming economic crisis has forced Japan’s...

Read more

Page 1 of 8