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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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 17:00

The Uber Missionary

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Bob calls himself an Uber Missionary. As long as I’ve known him, he has been a professional photographer. In July 2015, in addition to this long-standing career, he added a new “vineyard” to labor in. He became an Uber driver.

“How I was to serve the Father in this new field...

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Sunday, 16 December 2018 17:00

Top 10 Most Popular IFWE Blogs of 2018

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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 230 blogs, 200,000+ words of content on faith, work, and economics and more than 1.6 million pageviews of the IFWE website and blog...

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What are the responsibilities of the church to the poor? Has the church historically been a force for change?

Examples from the Early Church

In the Jerusalem church, believers “held all things in common” (Acts 4:32). This is a favorite verse for those who believe that redistribution is a...

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My least favorite day of the year is a Sunday in November—the end of daylight savings time, the day we “fall back” an hour. Suddenly, it’s dark all the time. We’re rushed from the long, warm summer nights into the short, dark winter days.

I saw a meme recently that...

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Why do cities matter to God? We looked earlier at the nature of cities: this included the aim of God’s redemptive scope—starting in a garden in Genesis and ending in a city in Revelation, the ways our work serves the city and the ways cities serve as a refuge, and the notion of cities...

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In my last post exploring “who are the poor?”, I discussed biblical definitions of the poor and the rich. Let’s take this analysis further. What responsibilities does the state have to the poor? There are several biblical and historical underpinnings that can help us answer this...

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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 17:00

Tolkien’s Christmas Joy at Work

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I puzzle throughout December: “Is all of our holiday stress a recent-days phenomenon?” And in my most reflective moments, I ask, “Is there any way to find deeper joy in December’s work?”

J.R.R. Tolkien loved Christmas. He was so fond of Yuletide that beginning in 1920,...

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Solomon presents a remarkable case of both a life lived wholly for God and a life tragically fragmented by divided loves. At his best, Solomon shows how every aspect of life and work can be transformed by the love of God; at his worst, he shows how subtle divisions can sneak into the human endeavor...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 17:00

Why Economics Is Not a ‘Worldly’ Discipline

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“Economics is a discipline that is merely about the things of this world!”

So goes a common fallacy one hears occasionally from Christians who are suspicious of the notion of an economic science that can be compatible with Christian doctrine. If that were true, studying economics would...

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Tuesday, 27 November 2018 17:00

Three Lessons I’ve Learned Leading a Nonprofit

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Editor’s note: The following post contains excerpts from a recent interview of IFWE Executive Director Hugh Whelchel by Greg Kelm, Ph.D. student in Leadership Studies at Dallas Baptist University on the topic of nonprofit leadership.

1. As a leader, you have to walk the walk. Live out the...

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I have always lived in Los Angeles.

More specifically, I have always lived in the South Bay suburbs of Los Angeles. My love-hate relationship with LA is understandable.

My father and I each had nearly 40-year careers in LA’s aerospace industry which provided well for our families. With the...

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In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps (Prov. 16:9)

It was George Washington who, in his first year as president, originally set aside Thursday, November 26th, 1789 as “A Day of Publick Thanksgiving and Prayer.”

There certainly had been...

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018 17:00

Three Reminders for Christians about Black Friday

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Each year at Thanksgiving, I am faced with a major choice—and it doesn’t involve what kind of pie to have. It’s whether I will pack up with a group of female friends after dinner and take part in an all-night, Black Friday shopping tradition.

Part of me would love to experience...

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Each one of us is passionate about an issue that is close to our hearts. Personally, I’m passionate about the idea of economic freedom because I see how intimately it impacts my ability as a Christian to be faithful to what God has called me to do. In recent posts, I’ve been working on...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 17:00

To Be Salt and Light Requires Risk-Taking

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Many of us often wonder what our true calling might be.

We ponder what it is we can bring to the world, something that is uniquely “us.”

We ask the questions “what difference can I make?”, “Am I significant?”, “When it’s all said and done, will my life...

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Two weeks ago, the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics (IFWE) hosted a symposium on religious freedom attended by more than twenty-five Christians scholars from around the country. The conference was part of a year-long IFWE project that is funded in part by The John Templeton Foundation. The...

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Sunday, 11 November 2018 17:00

Freedom That Is Worth Fighting For

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A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America for an amount up to and including their life (Unknown).

As our nation observes Veterans Day (Nov. 11), IFWE would like to honor all those who have sacrificially served our nation to...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 17:00

How Prices Work to Keep Profits Fair

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If I make a profit off something I sell, how is it that the person I sell the item to is also better off? Shouldn’t one of us be worse off from the exchange so that one of us can benefit?

It turns out the price system is the way in which two people can benefit from a business transaction, and...

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It’s the day after Election Day and pundits are striving to figure out what really mattered to voters this year. From Day 1 at IFWE, we have been focused on educating Christians about what the Bible says about God’s calling for us to work and love our neighbors. To that end, we seek to...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 17:00

6 Reasons Our Work Is Hard

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My pastor, Rankin Wilbourne, has been teaching through the book of Ecclesiastes and recently highlighted its critical message for our lives, our work, and our need for honest reflection.

In fact, Pastor Rankin quoted Herman Melville as having said, “Ecclesiastes is the truest of all...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 19:00

Why Creating Wealth Is Not Exploitative

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We have all seen the various stereotypes of the Wall Street tycoon grinding the little guy under his thousand-dollar dress shoes on his way to the top.

In the popular imagination, it is almost inconceivable to think that someone could obtain economic success or wealth without exploiting the...

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As working Christians, we are deeply aware of the gap that exists between Sunday and Monday. Although the two days are next to each other on the calendar, they seem miles apart.

On Sunday we hear that we are children of God, saved by grace in Jesus Christ. On Monday, there are endless emails to be...

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There’s never been a more urgent time than now to have HR professionals who are grounded in sound biblical principles. With the rise of the #MeToo movement, human resources consultants are in high demand as companies, churches, and organizations ensure best practices and deal with existing...

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Captain James T. Kirk likes to get his way.

In the 2009 movie reboot of Star Trek, while a cadet at Starfleet Academy, Kirk has to take a war games simulation called the Kobayashi Maru. He fails on his first attempt. The ship is destroyed and the crew is killed.

Kirk passes the test the second...

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 19:00

Religious Freedom or Tolerance: Who Decides?

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The idea of religious liberty has emerged as one of the unique contributions of the American experiment, but where did it originate?

On May 6, 1776, thirty-two “sons of Virginia” representing every county of the state met in Williamsburg to pass a resolution calling for the Virginia...

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