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

Do you know what’s great about a jigsaw puzzle? You always know what it’s supposed to look like in the end.

When you start a puzzle, you open up the box, prop it on the windowsill, and make sure all the pieces are picture-side up.  Then you get to work.

Your job is to assemble...

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Conversations about poverty and the alleviation of poverty tend to focus on providing material resources to meet the needs of the poor. There is certainly a need for material relief in assisting the poor. However, particularly in the United States, the most difficult aspect of poverty to remedy...

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As America celebrates Halloween tonight, many here and overseas celebrate an anniversary that changed the world.

October 31, 1517 marked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, which brought change to the church and ultimately impacted culture and society’s institutions as well.

A Catalyst...

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Sunday, 29 October 2017 19:00

Why Dishwashing Matters in God’s Kingdom

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Called the “hub of five valleys,” Missoula, Montana is encircled by five mountain ranges and is the meeting point of three rivers: the Blackfoot (of River Runs Through Itfame), the Bitterroot, and the Clark Fork. I traveled there several years ago and thought it was a beautiful place...

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Do you have a “life verse?”

I have two or three verses that qualify as “life verses” for me. These verses speak into my heart and soul, and I go back to them over and over again. Hebrews 12:1-2 is one of these passages that has always drawn me closer to God:

Therefore...

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IFWE has written a lot over the years in our books and blogs about the impact of Martin Luther, not only in the sphere of work but also in education, government, and other facets of society. Few may know that alongside this revolutionary man was a woman who also played an integral role in advancing...

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One of the most memorable of C.S. Lewis’s essays is entitled “The Inner Ring.” It describes our common desire to be accepted within the “inner ring” of whatever group matters to us at the time.

To feel “excluded” or “out of it” is miserable. Yet...

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I was thirty-four and walking through the door of the largest advertising agency in Minneapolis for my first day. How could this be? I had been offered a job for which I didn’t have the necessary “pedigree.” While that job would fade away in three years, it positioned me for...

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This month we celebrate the five-hundredth anniversary of the posting of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg, an event that unintentionally ignited what we now know as the Protestant Reformation.

To celebrate this anniversary, Eric Metaxas has released his latest book, Ma...

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We’ve all seen them: inspirational posters in the hallways extolling the company values. They often feature things like integrity, innovation, teamwork, customer service, etc.

I once encountered a corporate value I had never seen before. It is one I have come to cherish.

An Uncommon Corporate...

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In 2000, Christianity Todaypolled its contributors on the top ten books of the twentieth century, and Mere Christianity came in first place by a significant margin. C.S. Lewis’s popularity has shown no sign of waning since then and, if anything, it is increasing.

What is the key to...

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The contents of my purse are bizarre.

As a working mom, I need to be prepared for anything, so my purse is a reflection of what I think those things might be.

It’s also a record of past events—memories that haven’t made it to their final resting places.

It is usually home to my...

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I’ve heard a thought-provoking statement repeated in some Christian circles:

Caring for the poor is too big for the church.

Is this true? How are Christians to think through this question from a sound biblical and economic perspective? We know the Bible teaches we are to care for the poor, but...

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Growing up in rural Florida in the early 60s, our television had only three channels and two of them didn’t come in very well. But every Sunday night we watched the Ed Sullivan show.

Today, when I hear someone mention multitasking, I always think of the guy on Ed Sullivan who spun the plates....

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As we discussed last week, the U.S. dropped from the second most economically free country in the world in 2000 to the eighteenth in 2012 and is currently tied with Canada for eleventh place, according to the latest rankings.

One of the major reasons we’ve lost economic freedom...

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In your job today, you will likely experience the “thorns and thistles” that have come as a result of the Fall; the reality is that work will be difficult until Christ returns. But what happens to work when Jesus comes back, and Adam’s curse from Genesis 3:16-19 is no more,...

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Was Jesus a socialist or capitalist?

The Bible essentially says, “Neither.” Yet, we can’t leave these ideas unexamined. Christians are called by God to love our neighbor well. That means thinking carefully about the best system that will not only help one person be lifted from...

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Do you wonder what you’re accomplishing when you have to cajole and cheerlead your kids through their homework each night?

Or how about getting up at the crack of dawn to play air-traffic controller for the morning routine—packing lunches, making sure they’re getting up and...

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Sunday, 08 October 2017 19:00

What Does the Old Testament Say About Consumerism?

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A full evaluation of capitalism and consumerism requires a consideration of the scriptural values informing our use of wealth and possessions. The record on the productive capabilities of capitalism is clear; what is less clear is its moral culpability with respect to fostering consumerism.

If...

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The United States has been one of the most economically free countries in the world, but it might not stay that way for long.

The U.S. dropped from the second most economically free country in the world in 2000 to the eighteenth in 2012 and is currently tied with Canada for eleventh place, according...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 19:00

What Does Christianity Have to Offer the Poor?

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Christians can agree that God has called us to care for the poor, but many disagree on the best way to do that.

If we are called to unity in the body of Christ, it’s encouraging to see a panel of Christians from differing perspectives come together to discuss care for the poor, and to do so in...

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Have you ever written a creative story or created a piece of artwork that is born out of a memory or a feeling? If so, you know what it feels like to create something you are proud of and that reflects who you are. Just as a sculptor creates an award-winning sculpture that reflects who he or she is...

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For Christians, work is an integral part of our calling, and our vocation is more than a job or career. But working this out can be challenging. If our occupations are part of our Father’s creative and sanctifying work in the world, we’ve got quite a bit of rethinking to do. Aligning...

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Most of us have heard the refrain that to reduce poverty in the U.S., we need to get young people to “graduate, get married, and have children” in that order.

An article by the Brookings Institute several years ago supports this idea suggesting almost anyone can avoid poverty by:

  1. Graduatin...

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Editor’s Note: The following invitation is a special offer for IFWE blog readers from IFWE executive director Hugh Whelchel. 

Does your heart ache when you see people exiled from their home because of violence, disasters, ethnic cleansing, and political reasons? Sometimes people are...

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