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

I often enjoy starting a conversation by asking, “What makes a leader a good leader?”  I usually hear responses like:

  • Competent in sharing ideas and persuading people
  • Focused on helping others
  • Vision to improve the world

I also find a consensus that good character is foundational to...

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Sunday, 18 February 2018 17:00

Does the Bible Support Limited Government?

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How should Christians think about the size and scope of government? Over the past month, I’ve been writing about what the Bible has to say about government and discussed a number of key questions that Christians have in this area:

Is government inherently good or bad?

How does our sinful...

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Thursday, 15 February 2018 17:00

How Much Risk Should You Take With God’s Resources?

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“It is right to risk for the cause of God.”

So begins a sermon by John Piper on the topic of risk.

If you’re a Christian entrepreneur and you believe your work contributes to the cause of flourishing that God desires for his creation, you might find yourself asking about the...

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Editor’s Note: We’re pleased to introduce a guest writer on the IFWE blog today, Zach (In Seong) Kim–a student from Northwest Nazarene University who recently attended a student-sponsored event on campus featuring Doug Bandow, a contributor to IFWE’s latest book,Counting...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 17:00

Trusting God in the Decision to Care for a Loved One

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Approximately 34.2 million Americans have provided unpaid care to an adult aged 50 or older in the past 12 months. The majority of caregivers are female (60 percent). Most caregivers are taking care of one person (82 percent) and providing care for a relative (85 percent)—most often a parent...

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Capitalism is often used as a curse word in contemporary political discourse. For others, it is used as a description of ultimate, unadulterated good. The term, coined by opponents of a free market, has so many definitions that it’s sometimes hard to figure out exactly what those who use the...

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If your New Year’s resolution was to read the Bible in a year, by now you have reached what many have found to be an insurmountable barrier—the book of Leviticus.

Written by Moses, Leviticus contains all the laws and instructions given by God to the people of Israel in the wilderness at...

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I sat across from Tony Casson, the founder of the Mission Muffins workforce ministry. We were in a small coffee shop in downtown Washington, D.C. As we jumped into our conversation, Tony said, “You know it’s kind of interesting because I moved into [a homeless shelter] two years ago...

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image On the wall of our IFWE office space is a beautiful picture of Ruth, as illustrated in the Saint John’s illuminated Bible. In this print, Ruth seems to celebrate as she lives out the dignity of her calling to work.

Her arms are filled with the sheaves of grain she gathered when gleaning in...

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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 17:00

What Are the Biblical Warnings About Government?

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The debate about the size and role of government has huge implications for the lives of individuals all over the world. Important as the issue is, Christians are divided about what scripture has to say about government. What are some considerations that can help us frame this debate and work...

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Monday, 05 February 2018 17:00

Why Human Flourishing Happens Best in a Free Market

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Editor’s note: Photo depicts the Korean peninsula at night, dramatically showing the economic disparity between the North and South Korea political systems (North Korea appears dark except for its capital, Pyongyang, which looks like an island. South Korea is the well-lit land mass at the...

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In an often-told story, Benjamin Franklin, upon exiting the 1787 Constitutional Convention, was asked what sort of government the delegates had created. “A republic, if you can keep it,” quipped Franklin.

It is widely believed that the founding fathers recognized religion and morality...

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Editor’s note: Today I interview Dave Yauk with the Make Jesus Culture conference, an online, live-streaming event airing Feb. 5-18th. Hugh Whelchel will be speaking on Feb. 5th from 9:30 – 11:00 am MST/11:30 – 1 pm EST on “Truth in Commerce.” The focus of the...

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It’s considered the most spiritual film of all-time, the king of “divine comedies”. Watching it on a regular basis is thought to be a key to enduring happiness.

By “it” I mean Groundhog Day, the 1993 comedy starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, in which,...

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 17:00

Why You Can’t Measure the Value of Homemaking

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Chasing toddlers, keeping the house clean, and preparing meals is hard work. I learned this from experience during a six-month period when I was a full-time graduate student and a stay-at-home parent. The work was rewarding; I taught my child new words and had a few days of self-satisfaction when I...

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On August 3, 2017, the Washington Post published an article stating that the majority of Christians (presumably self-professed) believe poverty is “the result of individual failings” or blame “lack of effort.” Compared to 29% of non-Christians in the survey conducted with...

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If the cattle on a thousand hills are God’s (Ps. 50:10), how can I brand them as “mine”?

In other words, how can the Bible teach stewardship and at the same time imply the importance of property rights?

Our current understanding of private property has its roots in the Bible. In the...

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After the Super Bowl, sports fans can look forward to tuning into the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea (Feb. 9-25). No doubt there are a number of Christian athletes who will be competing this year, as in years past. The question is, how do these young men and women reconcile the...

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 17:00

Can a Biblical Case Be Made for Free Markets?

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Would God prefer that our wealth be controlled by free people exchanging goods and services in a free market or by government? By a system that maximizes individual opportunity or by a system that minimizes the individual? By us or by the world around us?

If you ask these questions of millennials...

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On a recent trip, the man next to me at my airport gate was watching CNN. He turned to me and said, “There is a scary divide in our country. How can we ever be unified again with this kind of idiotic politics going on?”

He’s not alone in his thinking. I’ve heard other...

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Monday, 22 January 2018 17:00

Creating Wealth Is Godly Work, Too

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Capitalism is an organized system to guarantee that greed becomes the primary force of our economic system and allows the few at the top to get very wealthy and has the rest of us riding around thinking we can be that way, too—if we just work hard enough, sell enough Tupperware and Amway...

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Watching the government on the brink of shutdown with no resolution to avert it is discouraging to all of us. Why can’t members of Congress come to an agreement? Why does it seem so dysfunctional?

We need to think about these circumstances with the right perspective, which comes from a...

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We face delays every day in the working world. The Internet goes down just as the web meeting is about to start. The copier breaks just as it’s printing handouts for that big presentation.

Delays force us to wait, and we don’t like waiting.

When we are forced to wait, we are reminded that...

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 17:00

Should Our Goal Be to Create Jobs at All Costs?

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Will the coming new technology, like driverless cars, destroy millions of jobs in the U.S.? How should we think about this kind of innovation and job loss through a biblical lens? Should the government get involved by creating new jobs, or by other means of supporting the economy (i.e., Univers...

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If you’re a political junkie, this is a fascinating week to watch the debates in and around Congress. Democrats and Republicans are wrangling with each other (and within their parties) over a spending bill, which among other items, involves a controversy surrounding immigration policy....

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