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
Thursday, 28 September 2017 19:00

Why Loving Yourself Is Good Stewardship

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We cannot give what we do not have.

It makes sense, right? Materially, of course we literally cannot give something that we don’t possess. We cannot participate in a trade with resources we don’t have to offer.

What about emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually? Can you extend love,...

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 19:00

How Do You Know If Prices Are Fair?

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How are prices set in our economy, and are such prices legitimate, or just—especially in times of crisis, like a hurricane?

The theory of just prices is considered an “ethical theory” of economics. It dates all the way back to Thomas Aquinas.

This theory questions the legitimacy of...

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 19:00

Top Reasons Why a Long Commute May Be Worth It

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After enduring a typical hour-long commute to get to my office on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., I had to laugh out loud reading James Bruce’s Wall Street Journalarticle, “Those Who Commute Deserve a Salute”:

Cramped almost to the point of suffocation, surrounded by hard...

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Editor’s Note: With the rise of human trafficking, many nonprofit organizations are working not only on prevention and law enforcement but also on healing—to bring hope to those who have been rescued. I recently interviewed Dorothy Douglas Taft, executive director ofThe Market Project,...

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Sunday, 24 September 2017 19:00

God Works in Advertising, Too

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People still remember the award-winning Andersen Windows commercial 25 years later. Only two knew the real story, though—until now.

Some Background

It was the early nineties and our account with Andersen Windows had experienced tremendous growth during the mid-eighties. Part of this...

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 19:00

The Costly Consequences of Fear in the Workplace

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Do you think fear has consequences? What are the consequences of fear at work?

To some degree, the consequences of fear depend on the type of fear. But, generally, we need to be careful not to lie to ourselves about fear.

It’s easy to believe that we can be alone with our...

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 19:00

If God’s a Worker, What Kind of Work Does He Do?

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By his very nature, God is a worker. He has created all things and he sustains his creation. Because God works, this gives our work value. We are called to be his coworkers.

Beyond his work in creation, what kinds of work does God do today?

God Does Different Types of Work

Amy Sherman,...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 19:00

The Mixed History of the Church’s View of Work

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Like most things over time, the popular attitudes toward work and calling have not been the same throughout history. In fact, they have changed quite a bit over thousands of years. The culture has often supported a view of work that contradicts the Bible. Understanding the historical context...

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Kale was once a lowly green that we fed to guinea pigs or used as disposable garnish on a platter.

Now it’s a “superfood” being chopped, pureed, and roasted into salads, smoothies, and chips. What do you think happened to the price of kale as a result of this transformation?

You...

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Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:00

How to Fulfill Your Restless Search for Happiness

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“If only I had….”

How would you finish that sentence—honestly? Your answer may reveal how much you may have embraced the current culture’s definition of happiness.

Happiness has come to be understood by Christians and non-Christians alike as the individual’s...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 19:00

Ten Major Fears You May Encounter at Work

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God knows that we are a fearful people. So, he addresses it quite a bit in scripture.

When we talk about fear, we’re mainly talking about the bad stuff—fear of flying, fear of death, fear of loss.

There is a fear that’s good—properly placed fear is a respect and reverence for...

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 19:00

Does Capitalism Foster Greed?

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Editor’s Note: In his essay, “A Christian Critique of Capitalism: Is Capitalism Based on Greed?” (IFWE’s new book, Counting the Cost: Christian Perspectives on Capitalism), IFWE visiting scholar David Kotter takes on three important questions for Christians related to...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 19:00

When Your Career Falls Apart

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I was enjoying an exhilarating and fulfilling career at a large advertising agency. Accolades, advancement, fun work, great people, and star-status at the agency—I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Then, it all fell apart. The next three years would prove very different.

The account...

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There’s a longing deep within each of us to flourish. The marketing industry knows this too. Have you noticed it? “Flourish” brings up 56 million results on Google, and Amazon has page after page of books dealing with how to flourish personally, in your family, work,...

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Editor’s note: The Trump administration recently reinstated work requirements for those receiving welfare benefits through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF). While IFWE does not focus on public policy, we do believe this is an important step because of the principle...

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A couple years ago, I bought the best-fitting pair of running shoes I’ve owned in a decade.

This is significant because I have rather oddly shaped feet and the break-in process for shoes can be uncomfortable.

This pair was different because I was able to search through dozens of shoe models on...

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How do people make decisions about buying and selling goods and services?

Understanding how knowledge shapes people’s decision-making is one of the landmark breakthroughs of twentieth-century economics. Nobel laureate, Friedrich August von Hayek, actually won the Nobel Prize, in part, for his...

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Several excellent articles have been written about the recent passing of Michael (Mike) Cromartie. Christianity Today, the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and The Trinity Forum, among others, have admirably summarized the impact he had on the culture. While Mike was a personal friend of mine and...

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In the late 1970s, our energy outlook was not looking good. Over six years, gas prices had tripled and there were shortages and long lines at the pump. It appeared that we were at the mercy of OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries). Experts predicted that we would be out of oil...

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Sunday, 03 September 2017 19:00

Why Is Work Good? Six Quick Reminders on Labor Day

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As a young boy growing up in rural Florida, I loved Labor Day. My hometown celebrated the holiday like many small towns across the nation, with parades, picnics, barbecues, fireworks, and other public gatherings. It marked the end of summer, one last celebration before returning to school.

To my...

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I’ve had a really good life.

I don’t mean that arrogantly; I mean it gratefully. The more people I meet, relationships I build, and experiences I navigate, my awareness of God’s rich, abundant blessings deepens.

Life hasn’t been without its bumps, though.

The Lord has used...

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 19:00

Shirking Our Way to Mediocrity

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Second grade marked the beginning of my career as a professional academic. Dad started paying me for my grades in 1985, and I remember it like it was yesterday. Whenever I got a report card, we would sit down and tally up my paycheck: $4 for an A, $3 for a B, and $2 for a C. Thankfully, it...

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Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The images and videos are unbelievable. Scripture instructs us to “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep” (Rom. 12:15). To those in Texas, and all areas affected, we are weeping with you and praying for...

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We are made with gifts and talents of different natures. To know and grow them, we need to examine ourselves with the Holy Spirit, biblical teaching, and a trusted community. Once we discern our gifts, how should we use them?

Our gifts and talents translate into activities and jobs that help us find...

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Understanding economic principles is important for developing a holistic definition of stewardship, a concept IFWE always seeks to place in the correct biblical framework.

Economic principles relate to how we use the resources we’ve been given—as does stewardship. Resources have natural...

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