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

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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Monday, 15 January 2018 17:00

Living Out the Gospel in Both Word and Deed

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You’ve probably heard the quote, “Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.” It is often attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan Order.

This exhortation implies that it is more effective to communicate the gospel by example than by simply...

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You could hear a pin drop in the office as Katherine Goble stood dripping wet from having to run a half mile in the rain in the middle of her workday. Why? It was the early 1960s and Katherine Goble, an African American mathematician, worked for NASA, which still had “colored bathrooms”...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:00

Turning the Tide on Rudeness in the Workplace

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Common courtesy is increasingly uncommon. In a 2011 survey, researchers Christine Porath and Christine Pearson found that 50% of workers experienced rudeness or incivility at least once per week in the workplace. That’s up from 25% in 1998.

Not surprisingly, they also found that rudeness comes...

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 17:00

There’s No Such Thing As Free Education

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Free college tuition sounds pretty good, especially if you’re a parent with college tuition looming in the back of your mind. Who doesn’t like free things?

The truth is, making things free only makes them more expensive.

These days, a lot of policy-makers are calling for no prices (or at...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 17:00

Is Government, at Its Root, Good or Bad?

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“No one really knows what 2018 will bring, but it seems that it definitely will not bring a smaller federal budget” (Leon Wolf, The Blaze)

The United States of America was born out of a debate about the size and scope of government and it’s no surprise that the debate...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 17:00

Is Your Gospel More Than a Bus Ticket to Heaven?

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Most Christians recognize these foundational truths in their faith.

  • I am sinful and broken.
  • I cannot fix my sin on my own, so I need a savior, Jesus Christ.

This is the most common message of Christianity. The reality of our sin is impossible to ignore. We face the effects daily. It is readily clear...

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Sunday, 07 January 2018 17:00

Is the Church Having an Identity Crisis?

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Urban legend has it that after an erroneous story about his death appeared in a major American newspaper, Mark Twain remarked, “The report of my death was an exaggeration!”

This quote came to mind more than once as I read my friend Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo’s new book, The Death of...

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Thursday, 04 January 2018 17:00

Can Christian Millennials Redeem Capitalism?

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Christian hipsters and capitalism don’t mix, or at least that’s what Brett McCracken argued in his 2010 book Hipster Christianity.His thesis proved correct a year later when many young Christians joined the Occupy movement to protest the evils of Wall Street.

But today’s young...

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Did you get a toothbrush or toothpaste in your stocking for Christmas? Somewhere along the line, stocking stuffers became a lot about personal hygiene in many families and you wonder if someone is trying to send you a message! How about in your family?

But it’s easy to take that kind of a gift...

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 17:00

Recommended Faith Work Reading Plans for 2018

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At the end of 2017, many of us felt exhausted. Grateful for God’s care and faithfulness throughout the year, but perhaps running on fumes by year’s end. Was that you?

This week is a great time to step back and assess what kind of margin we have in our lives to allow God to guide, lead,...

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As you reflect on the year behind you and make plans for 2018, how should you evaluate your work and life accomplishments?

A few years ago, I had the privilege of having dinner with Michael Novak, the author of The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism who passed away last year. A fellow dinner guest...

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The plans of the diligent surely lead to advantage (Prov. 21:5).

In the mid-sixties there was a successful television series called Run for Your Life. Actor Ben Gazzara plays a lawyer who is told by his doctor in the first episode that he will die in nine to eighteen months. Gazzara’s...

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Wednesday, 27 December 2017 17:00

Top 10 Most Popular IFWE Blogs of 2017

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It’s been another great year on the IFWE blog! We’re grateful for our subscribers and those who share our blogs with friends, colleagues, and family. After 258 blogs, 225,000+ words of content on faith, work and economics and more than 1.5 million pageviews to the IFWE website and blog...

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 17:00

Goal-Setting as Servants of God

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If you knew without a doubt that you could not fail in accomplishing one major goal, what goal would you set for your life? 

I have heard this question for years in business circles when the subject of goal-setting comes up. It’s also one I think about between Christmas and the new year...

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Thursday, 21 December 2017 17:00

Jesus: The Only True Christmas Gift

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When I was in college, I read through the Bible for the first time. Before that, I had only read some of the New Testament and a few Psalms.

I didn’t understand everything, but I was amazed by what I read. I felt God was speaking directly to me on each page. He explained what he had been doing...

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At first glance, the Bible demonstrates that God cares about the poor and about how they are treated. Scripture clearly warns of the dangers of wealth and has harsh things to say about the rich. To pick just a few examples from the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells us:

Blessed are you who are poor, for...

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To what extent would you say that the material aspects of Christmas factor into your celebration?

This year, Americans estimate spending between $906 and $983 on Christmas gifts, up from an average of somewhere between $752 and $929 last year, depending on the survey. UPS reports record...

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It is hard to imagine what my life would be like without R.C. Sproul (and Dr. John Gerstner who mentored both of us). A gifted teacher, theologian, and apologist, Dr. R.C. Sproul went home to be with the Lord on December 14th.

I had the privilege of working with R.C. Sproul in the early years of his...

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I don’t know what happens at your house the week before Christmas, but at the Whelchel house we end up watching Frank Capra’s 1946 classic, It’s a Wonderful Life—every year.And apparently, we are not alone.

Although it was initially a disappointment at the box office, this...

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A 2006 Pew Forum poll of self-identified U.S. Christians* revealed that forty-six percent of respondents agreed with the following statement:

God will grant material prosperity to all believers who have enough faith.

Amazingly, this is tied for the eighth lowest of ten countries involved in the...

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 17:00

Economic Liberty Benefits the Least the Most

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We live in a world of exploding opportunities and growing challenges. New technologies are transforming our lives. Despite intermittent economic and financial crises, residents of the West live better than any other people at any other point in human history. Many people in the East, and...

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Last week I discussed the current wave of workplace abuses, particularly sexual abuse, and the concepts of forgiveness and trust. As Christians, we are called to forgive those who hurt us, but trust is another matter altogether. Trust must be earned.

This week, I’d like to take a look at the...

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Monday, 11 December 2017 17:00

Why Is Rachel Weeping in the Christmas Story?

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When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was...

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Here at IFWE, we love to shed light on those who are beautifully integrating their faith and work. It is a special joy when such integration is done in a way that brings about the flourishing of those in need.

I recently learned about Amplio Recruiting, a company working with both employers and...

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