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

It is not uncommon to hear Christians call for economic policy designed to relieve human suffering. Certainly, as Christians who are called to love our neighbors as ourselves, we should and do have compassion on our suffering neighbor. Yet some approaches, while well-intended, may in fact lead to...

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One of our readers recently posed a question about our blog entitled 5 Lessons For Our Lives from the Parable of the Talents.The reader writes:

I clearly see the lessons stated in his article as written in the scripture. The only thing I don’t understand is, shouldn’t there be some...

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“make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody” (1 Thess. 4:11-12).

If Christians are called to bring...

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Do the gifts of the Holy Spirit matter for our everyday work? In the Old Testament, there are many gifts the Holy Spirit gives to God’s people that are applicable to our life and work today.

Establishing Leadership

The Holy Spirit empowered various people in different ways to establish and...

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From time to time, we like to share podcasts or videos to give you something encouraging to listen to on your commute or around the house. Today, we feature part two of an interview with Hugh Whelchel on the “Nine to Five” podcast, hosted by our friends at Christians in Commerce.

In the...

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Missionaries have been using businesses in the field to support their ministries for generations. These businesses have often been inefficient, struggle financially, and lack the proper expertise to make a significant impact for Christ.

It is time for Christian businesspeople to invest their gifts,...

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018 19:00

Can Spiritual Gifts Be Used at Work?

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In order to better understand who we are made to be and what we are to do in our work, it is essential for Christians to discern their gifts. Each Christian’s specific calling is related to the Holy Spirit’s work in creation, personal regeneration, and empowerment for one’s work...

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Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms (1 Pet. 4:10).

Living a life of purpose and significance begins with understanding the foundational principles of biblical stewardship. Unfortunately, many Christians...

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John was having a particularly difficult time finding what he wanted at Fleet Farm, the giant Midwest home and farm goods retailer, until he met Kathy. She was eager to help and provide the assistance he needed, including checking the warehouse stock, getting the item, and helping him put it in the...

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There are two things in my life that I hold near and dear to my heart (besides Jesus, the body of Christ, my friends and family, and pet cat, Cocoa): entrepreneurship and human resources.

One of the many things I love about working in human resources is having the chance to bring joy back into the...

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When we think of charity, helping someone get a job doesn’t immediately come to mind. We’re more likely to hand $20 to a homeless man, provide a holiday meal for a single mom, or donate to a local food pantry.

Important as these charitable acts might be, they are geared toward meeting...

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 19:00

Do Churches Today Understand Faith and Work?

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Have you ever heard someone say, “Did you hear about Jim Smith? He quit his job at the bank to go into full-time Christian service.”

I would guess many of us have actually said something very similar. In the church today, we still believe some jobs are more spiritual that others. And...

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Do you have a long commute? Today’s blog was developed with you in mind! From time to time, we like to share podcasts or videos as a change-up to our blog content. It also helps our readers who have less time to read blogs every day, but can listen to audio while driving, riding the subway,...

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Pride is an ever-present temptation for leaders.

In the world’s eyes, pride in leadership may actually seem beneficial. Today, prideful leaders are often celebrated because they seem “successful.” By mere force of their seemingly self-assured personalities, they shake up the status...

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In the last few weeks, we’ve been talking about the biblical practice of Jubilee in Leviticus 25 and specifically addressing incorrect assumptions about its meaning and application. Today, we will look at the idea that Jubilee is a universally applicable principle—that is, it...

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“I have seen friends and mentors throw themselves into the causes of justice and do extraordinary work for Jesus. I admired their passion, their devotion, and their sacrifice. But despite their extraordinary dedication, things went wrong. Burnout. Infidelity. Lost faith. Financial compromise....

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As Christians seek to impact the world around them with the redemptive force of the gospel, we often struggle with the best means to do so, especially when the world around seems hostile to the core ideas of our faith. There’s no better example of that tension than ancient Israel. In light of...

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On a Focus on the Family radio program last fall, Benjamin Watson, an African-American pro football player and Christian, spoke compassionately and frankly about racial issues. His balanced and biblical perspective opened my eyes. I ordered his book, Under Our Skin: Getting Real About...

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Editor’s note:You may wonder why a blog focused on faith, work, and economics is doing an interview with Nancy Pearcey, the author of a new book on life and biblical sexuality. Actually, there are a lot of common themes in her new book Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life and...

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It’s been nearly six years since IFWE published our first “top ten” list of books on faith and work. Since then, we’ve seen additional great books published that we want to bring to your attention. We’ve updated our “top ten” list with books that powerfully...

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How is it that we can read a story, comprised only of words of ink printed on pages of paper, and be so deeply moved?

This question crossed my mind as I was wrapping up speaking at a weekend conference for several churches in Missoula, Montana.

I was prompted to mull over the answer in the airport on...

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As we celebrate the Fourth of July, we reflect on what it means to, in fact, celebrate. According to Webster’s dictionary (1828 ed.), a celebration incorporates, among other nuances, a setting apart by “marks of joy or respect” of an event or distinction worth honoring.

The Fourth...

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Monday, 02 July 2018 19:00

Is Income Equality a Biblical Mandate?

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In recent posts, I’ve been exploring assumptions made about the biblical practice of Jubilee, such as:

Today, let’s explore...

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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

— Thomas Jefferson, the U.S. Declaration of Independence

Former U.S. Senate...

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Every summer thousands of Christians pack their bags full of bug spray, bandanas, coloring books, toys, and translation books, eager to board a flight to a faraway nation.

Eyes full of excitement and hearts earnestly prepared to share the gospel with those natives of that distant nation, these...

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