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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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 19:00

Are We Defining Morality on a Sliding Scale?

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In a recent interview with ABC News, former FBI Director James Comey said President Trump was “morally unfit to be President of the United States.” Rather than argue for or against Comey’s perspective, the question I’d like to pose today is “what ismoral?

Admitted...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 19:00

Debunking Four Myths About Retirement

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There’s a growing movement of millennials who are dreaming about (and achieving) early retirement.

Elizabeth O’Brien writes in Moneymagazine that the movement calls itself “FIRE”, which stands for “financial independence, retire early.” The good news about this...

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Are you receiving a tax refund or making a payment this year?

If you’re making a payment, writing your check to the Internal Revenue Service forces you to think about how the money you’re paying to the federal government will be used.

Will it be used on effective programs that contribute...

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The framers of our constitution…said that certain virtues are necessary for self-government when it comes to compromise, or moderation, or civility…where do we get those virtues now?

 – Michael Gerson, columnist

On March 13, PBS launched a new conservative talk show called...

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Is private ownership of property contrary to human nature? Since the “earth is the Lord’s” (Ps. 24:1), it would seem that humans have no right to own anything. Is there a natural precedence to reject private property?

Reading church history often provides answers to what appear to...

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It’s easy to get isolated in your work, especially in today’s cubicle world. But the fact is, with God, we are never alone, not even at work.

My view of work rests squarely upon the fact that God is present with us in Christ and we can experience his nearness at work. Seeing this theme...

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It’s April and if you’re a college senior, you may already have a bad case of senioritis. You’re having difficulty keeping your eyes on the ball and finishing well. You might be spending more time on the volleyball court than in class.

Or you may be knee-deep in stress, looking for...

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God has given each one of us unique abilities, talents, and gifts. The question is, how do we put them to work?

The Purpose of Gifts & Talents

Using our gifts and talents for God’s purposes involves discovering your personal vision and understanding your comparative advantage. But it also...

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Apple is the latest corporate villain in the spotlight after iPhone owners discovered their older phones had slowed down after the launch of software updates starting in 2017.

A recent Wall Street Journalarticle reports some iPhone users are alleging Apple mischaracterized a battery problem in...

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April in the District of Columbia is a magical time of year. Washington welcomes a cloud of pink petals amidst the blooming cherry trees at the tidal basin.

Signs of spring aside, April also holds another reason to celebrate. The month is commemorated as Jazz Appreciation Month. This singularly...

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How important is character to a thriving workplace culture? Bruce Weinstein writes in Forbesthat unfortunately, character has taken a backseat to competence:

What most companies seek are knowledgeable and skilled people. Competent people. That’s important, but character is important, too. Yet...

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It was a short list, just a few “plumbing” things that needed to be fixed before the closing on our house. “I can do that; no need to call a plumber,” I said to my wife.

A week later, the bill from the plumber was over $900…obviously, plumbing is not my comparative...

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When someone gets ahead of others financially because of hard work, calculated risk-taking, and innovation, it is not only good—it should be celebrated.

Really? Shouldn’t Christians be more focused on equality? What about helping the little guy? 

Let’s think about these...

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Does our earthly work matter to God?

Yes it does, replies Darrell Cosden in his book The Heavenly Good of Earthly Work. Central to his argument is the bodily resurrection of Jesus, which the church celebrates this Easter.

Cosden correctly asserts that Christ’s resurrection means three...

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John was a new employee with the company and had been thrown into the middle of a major technical crisis. He had no experience, no training, and no resources for the work he had just been hired to do. He was on his own.

One by one, he began calling employees in the company looking for help. And one...

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Palm Sunday begins what is traditionally known as the most holy week of the Christian calendar leading up to Easter. In this last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry, he delivers a sermon to his disciples that should have a tremendous impact on how we practically live out our lives, but most of...

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While it may seem surprising, income inequality is a fact of economic life that is derived from our uniqueness—our different God-given gifts and abilities and how we use them in the market. You may agree with this point, but may still have other questions regarding what is fair and just in...

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I don’t know if you’ve heard the rumblings, but something interesting is happening outside the church around the topic of masculinity and it is starting to gain traction inside the church.

The apparent pied piper of this discussion is a Canadian psychology professor at the University of...

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Thursday, 22 March 2018 19:00

Risk and Reward Don’t Always Go Hand-In-Hand

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When you decide to take a risk, it’s not unusual for a happy-ending scenario to unfold in your mind.

A bold decision to finally pursue a dream, followed by many months or years of hard work, and —finally—a successful outcome.

Ah, the risk was worth it!

The difficult truth is that you...

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 19:00

7 Tips for Writing Your Personal Vision Statement

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“Alice came to a fork in the road. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked.

‘Where do you want to go?’ responded the Cheshire Cat.

‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered.

‘Then,’ said the Cat, ‘It doesn’t matter.'”

—Lewis Carroll,...

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Discovering your personal vision starts with understanding who God has created you to be, and what he has called you to do.

King David writes in Psalm 139:13-14,

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and...

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As I discussed last week, economic, political, and religious freedom are like a three-legged stool supporting a flourishing society. Take one leg away and the stool crumbles.

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Today, let’s look closer at just how integral the moral/religious freedom “leg” is to the other two...

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To best understand what the Bible has to say about income inequality, we need to look at two points: the distribution of gifts and abilities and examples of God’s earthly rewards for stewardship within the context of market exchange. We discussed the former last week, and now we will take up...

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Should you follow your passion in choosing a profession? According to conventional wisdom, this is the right approach. But Mike Rowe, host of the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs, surprisingly argues that this is bad advice:

Just because you’re passionate about something doesn’t mean...

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 19:00

The Real Reason to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

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On March 17, Irish culture enthusiasts around the world will dress in Kelly green and drink over 17 million pints of Guinness. The parties and parades commemorate the Feast of Saint Patrick, Ireland’s most famous patron saint. This cultural and religious celebration is held on the traditional...

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