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
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 17:00

What Do D-Day and Christmas Have in Common?

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Chuck Colson, in his 2012 book The Faith: What Christians Believe, Why They Believe It, and Why ItMatters, included a chapter entitled, “The Invasion.” There he describes the most important event of the Second World War, the D-Day Invasion.

Most of us have watched in horror the...

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My friend Pete has been installing garage doors for over 30 years. He started with a truck and a tool belt and a dream of becoming a successful business owner. Pete has wonderful stories and memories of his early days launching his business, including huge tractor-trailers delivering garage doors...

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What’s the difference between your vocational calling and your career, occupation, or job?

Vocational calling is the call to God and to his service in the vocational sphere of life based on giftedness, desires, affirmations, and human need. Vocational calling is usually stable and permanent...

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Over the last two months and especially in the last week, we’ve seen a wave of sexual misconduct accusations in the workplace and subsequent firings, including broadcast giants Garrison Keillor of NPR and Matt Lauer of NBC. It’s important to pray for those involved and those who have...

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Thursday, 30 November 2017 17:00

Why the Prosperity Gospel Is So Harmful

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One error Christians can make in their understanding of money is to think wealth is inherently sinful, and creating and accruing wealth is contrary to God’s plan. In fact, wealth creation and proper stewardship are consistent with human flourishing.

A twin error to the disparagement of wealth...

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“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant”

—Robert Louis Stevenson

A wave of relief washed over me as I pushed the “Send” button. One more blog finished, sent on to my staff to be edited and posted. An odd thought occurred to me:...

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When Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century was published in English in 2014, the issue of income inequality was brought again to the forefront of a very heated discussion.

More than three years later, the topic is still being discussed, and I’m glad. I am passionate about...

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Monday, 27 November 2017 17:00

When You Are Passed Over

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“Sorry, but I don’t have a place for you in this leadership team.”

I ended the call as professionally as I could, but waves of emotion swept through me in the minutes afterward. This was my fourth attempt to get a position at the next level in our company. I was angry that the...

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If you’re a Star Warsfan, you are counting down the days to the release of the next film, The Last Jedion December 15th of this year. I love the scenes in the original Star Wars films that show Han Solo’s ship, the Millennium Falcon, jumping into hyperspace. There is a flash...

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Aspiring to improve in your work can be genuinely healthy and God-honoring. But focusing on “climbing the ladder” can be a great hindrance to working unto the Lord and a relentless thief of joy.

The former could take the form of growing in job competency and experience, from which you...

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As we give thanks for the bounty of the harvest and God’s blessings in our lives, what might we learn from a wayward youth-turned-pastor about our “modern” holiday of Thanksgiving?

This pastor learned from personal experience of the need for visible reminders of or memorials to...

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Monday, 20 November 2017 17:00

Poverty Is More Than Just a Lack of Money

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As you experience Thanksgiving this week with friends and family, both the joys and challenges, it is a great reminder that we are all made for community. We are not made to live in isolation.

Community is the reason we must focus not only on the material, but also the social, spiritual, and...

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Sunday, 19 November 2017 17:00

What Do I Do If My Job Is a Bad Fit?

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I received a note from an old college friend in response to my recent article on finding our purpose. He had this to say:

I have spent many years in this field. I love the basics of what my job entails. I love my customers and they demonstrate love...

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Crouched and ready to spring forward at the sound of the shot, you stare at the hurdles in front of you with anticipation.

You’ve practiced, stretched, and warmed up, and you’re ready to take on the obstacles ahead.

The finish line lies within reach, but only after you clear the hurdles...

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017 17:00

The Black Friday Blitzkrieg Is Coming

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We have only to visit almost any major city in the free world today to find evidence of dramatic cultural decay on numerous fronts: malls dripping with images of sensuality and hedonism; girls from respectable, law-abiding families dropped off at school dressed like prostitutes; boys sitting beside...

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Editor’s Note: This is the second article in a series on biblical principles that are essential to poverty-fighting efforts. 

Each of us is made with unique and specific gifts and talents, and we are called to steward those gifts for God’s glory. We should use our gifts and...

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Whether you liked economics class in school or not, if you want to be a good steward of God’s resources, you need to think like an economist.

Maximizing the potential of our resources and not wasting what God has given us—materially, talent-wise, financially—is what we mean when we...

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Deep within each one of us is a hunger to live a life of significance and purpose. The key to satisfying our hunger for meaning is understanding one basic principle: we are stewards of everything we have.

Many Christians would agree with this concept of stewardship, but few are able to...

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Editor’s Note: As we celebrate Veterans Day (Nov. 11), IFWE would like to honor all those who have sacrificially served our nation to secure and defend freedom. Today’s blog reminds us that the freedom they fought for is precious, and it warns those who are flirting with ideas like...

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The world is ravaged by poverty and the way we strive to fight poverty isn’t working. If the goal is flourishing, then the means to achieve this goal is true gospel-centered love for the poor. We need principles to help us know how to help the poor out of poverty—principles...

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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 17:00

Can a Work Colleague Be Your “BFF”?

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Can you be friends with people at work?

Yes, but it’s not as simple as that.

Elizabeth Moyer writes that all relationships can be hard to navigate, yet human beings cannot survive without them:

Relationships are tricky. Each one is different. They’re messy and complicated and painful,...

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Man is never truly himself except when he is actively creating something. — Dorothy Sayers

Dorothy Sayers (1893-1957) was a British author famous for her detective novels involving the character Lord Peter Wimsey. Outside of her fiction writing, she is most well-known for challenging...

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Sunday, 05 November 2017 17:00

What Obedience Looks Like “In the World”

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Can a story about four young men in the book of Daniel help us in our struggles as believers in a post-Christian culture? Daniel’s story might just provide the perfect model for faithfulness to God’s call on our lives—no matter what the environment.

Working for the Good of the City...

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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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