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

Have you ever felt that your best wasn’t good enough?  Maybe it was something a boss or coworker said or did not say about your performance.

Do you struggle with feelings of failure because you’re comparing your work and accomplishments to others?

HR experts Tony Schwartz and...

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In recent weeks, we’ve been covering five assumptions Christians commonly make surrounding the biblical practice of Jubilee described in Leviticus 25.

For example, some wonder whether Jubilee requires the forgiveness of debt and whether the principle should be applied to public policy,...

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Senate Minority Leader Everett Dirksen was famous for his rhetorical style because he sounded like a true politician. One of his more famous lines was “I am a man of fixed and unbending principles, the first of which is to be flexible at all times.” However, he is likely best known for...

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Vocation is a wonderfully broad and encompassing word. In contrast to how we normally think about calling, as something having to do with our career or professional work, I find tremendous grace and reassurance in the more biblical understanding of vocation that helps us see all work as God’s...

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IFWE’s executive director Hugh Whelchel was recently published in Christianity Today on the question of whether capitalism is sustainable in our current moral climate. In his article, Whelchel reviews a new book called Redeeming Capitalismby...

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What can vacation teach us about vocation? A fair bit, actually.

Several summers ago, I enjoyed a couple months of recreation and leisure, thanks to the generosity of my employer at the time. It was heavenly.

My family and I took a trip to the beach, we visited family and friends, we dined at local...

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It’s only the first day of summer and I’ve already logged numerous hours on my lawnmower cutting the grass. We’ve had record rainfall in the Washington, D.C. metro area, where we live. The grass seems to start growing as soon as I’ve mowed it. And, with the volume of grass...

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A few years ago, I sat down with Tony Casson, founder of Mission Muffins, a ministry of a D.C. men’s homeless shelter called the Central Union Mission. Mission Muffins strives to serve men in the shelter by employing them in a bakery, teaching them marketable skills, and helping them find a...

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This week, we’re continuing a series on the biblical concept of Jubilee—its context, its definition, and what it means for us as Christians as we seek to honor God with how we engage our culture and its economy.

In part one, we explored the assumption that Jubilee means forgiveness of...

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Does one woman becoming rich give her power over a poor woman?

As I discussed in a recent blog, economics can help us here.

Money does not imply that you have great power. Money gives you opportunity, choice, and often the ability to make even more money. But is that power?

How Competition Puts a...

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A young man asked me the following question during a faith and work conference we were both attending:

What should I do if I am stuck in the wrong job?

Almost all of us can relate to this question because we have all been in jobs that just weren’t the best fit. You may have been in the wrong...

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Do Christians graduating from college understand faith and work? How can we best prepare them for understanding their role in God’s kingdom work? We interviewed John Kyle, the executive director of The Fellows Initiative (TFI), a consortium of programs in churches around the country that help...

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Every June in America, many celebrate their educational achievement by walking across a stage to receive their high school diploma or college degree—a small piece of paper that signifies you really did it and it’s time to “launch” into the real world.

I remember fondly that...

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This week, I’m attending the high school graduation of my nephew, the oldest of my twelve nephews and nieces and one goddaughter. My husband and I joke that we’re setting a dangerous precedent that will lead to us traveling all over the country attending family graduations for years to...

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Thursday, 07 June 2018 19:00

Does Following Jesus Lead to the Public Square?

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Do politics and public life have anything to do with God?

That’s the question Vincent Bacote, associate professor of theology at Wheaton College and an IFWE guest contributor, seeks to answer in his book, The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life.

Over the course of eighty-five pages,...

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Tearfund is a U.K.-based nonprofit that works with poor communities across the globe. They understand that there is more to poverty than just material needs. They approach poverty in a way that encourages the community to pull itself out of poverty. Here is how they describe why their...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 19:00

Is Forgiving Debt a Biblical Mandate?

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Last week I began discussing the topic of Jubilee, a biblical practice that has become more prominent in discussions about justice, poverty, and debt relief. Jubilee comes from the biblical text in Leviticus 25, and from this passage, some Christians have made the following assumptions:

  • Jubilee...

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In a highly anticipated decision, the Supreme Court ruled Monday on the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission (CCRC) case. In a 7 to 2 ruling, the Court overturned the decision of the lower Colorado court, which is good news. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court did...

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In a recent hearing, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan questioned Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg about his company’s remarkable success by asking him, “Only in America, would you agree with that?” When Zuckerberg didn’t wholeheartedly agree, the senator responded,...

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Is it possible to be heroic while sitting alone in your cubicle? According to David Brooks, in a 2014 New York Times column, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”

If such a conclusion strikes you as naïve or even patronizing, then try to appreciate the fact that, even while alone in...

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A common criticism of free markets and market-based economies is that they make the rich richer at the expense of everyone else—especially the poorest among us.

Is this true? If it is, as Christians, what should we do about it?

The Bible and Confusion about Wealth

The Bible is clear that we as...

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How does Jubilee relate to justice? What does it mean for Christians and our call to serve the poor and oppressed?

I’ve read several books by evangelical authors concerned with wealth, poverty, and social justice. Nearly every one of these books mentions the concept of Jubilee. The assumptions...

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Monday, 28 May 2018 19:00

The Secret to Finding Work–Life Balance

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In a recent radio interview, I was asked if “work–life balance” was just a myth.

This is an interesting question because often in our society the idea of work–life balance is held up as the secret to joy, contentment, and peace of mind. Yet, in our consumer culture, material...

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Almost every Memorial Day I am reminded of this statement:

A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for an amount up to and including their life.

This reminds me of what the apostle John said in his first epistle,

This is...

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When economists talk about the free-market economy, they use principles that help explain what may come from certain actions. Their explanations emphasize an element of predictability.

But no one can know exactly what will happen in particular situations since unseen variables can affect outcomes....

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