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

According to news headlines, there’s a growing “loneliness epidemic” in the West. Jeremy Linneman writes that as a society we’ve turned inwards in our search for meaning and wrongly assumed that connecting on Facebook can fill our need for community:

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For much of church history, pastoral leaders believed the Old Testament taught that no interest should be charged on any loans. The care and protection for the Israelite working poor was the main rationale for such a prohibition that no interest should be charged on such loans:

If you lend money to...

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The work of the Holy Spirit in the world has several implications for Christians and their work. Whether working in creation or regeneration, the Spirit constantly empowers us to carry out the callings God places on our lives. There are many stories throughout the Old Testament of the Spirit...

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 19:00

Blindsided by Change? God Will Make a Way

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Is it possible to feel two competing emotions at the same time? This happens a lot with that mysterious phenomenon called change. My experience is that when change is desired and initiated by you, it is usually welcomed with a great deal of enthusiasm. But, what about an unexpected change that...

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The first question the Westminster Longer Catechism asks is,

What is the chief and highest end of man?

The answer, drawn from scripture, says,

Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him forever.

In a way that is perhaps surprising, we can do these things—glorify...

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 19:00

Can the Poor Truly Flourish?

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One of our blog subscribers from Canada recently asked an interesting question after watching our video Freedom to Flourish (below) and asked: “How can people who live in poor countries or those who grew up poor flourish?”

This is an important question because, in our current...

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Today we’re celebrating the one-year anniversary of the release of Counting the Cost: Christian Perspectives on Capitalism(Abilene Christian University Press), an edited collection of essays addressing moral concerns Christians have about capitalism. The book was edited by IFWE scholars Anne...

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What does it look like to live fully for Christ? My IFWE colleague and theologian Hugh Whelchel has laid out three principles related to how we do this within a biblical view of work:

  1. We must rediscover that our primary call is to follow Jesus, and that this call encompasses the whole of our lives.
  2. We...

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Does the Holy Spirit empower you for work? Absolutely. Understanding the work of the Spirit in scripture helps us understand how the Spirit empowers us today. We see the Spirit working on three levels:

  • A cosmic level, in creation
  • An individual level, in conversion of new believers, giving of gifts,...

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It is not uncommon to hear Christians call for economic policy designed to relieve human suffering. Certainly, as Christians who are called to love our neighbors as ourselves, we should and do have compassion on our suffering neighbor. Yet some approaches, while well-intended, may in fact lead to...

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One of our readers recently posed a question about our blog entitled 5 Lessons For Our Lives from the Parable of the Talents.The reader writes:

I clearly see the lessons stated in his article as written in the scripture. The only thing I don’t understand is, shouldn’t there be some...

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“make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody” (1 Thess. 4:11-12).

If Christians are called to bring...

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Do the gifts of the Holy Spirit matter for our everyday work? In the Old Testament, there are many gifts the Holy Spirit gives to God’s people that are applicable to our life and work today.

Establishing Leadership

The Holy Spirit empowered various people in different ways to establish and...

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From time to time, we like to share podcasts or videos to give you something encouraging to listen to on your commute or around the house. Today, we feature part two of an interview with Hugh Whelchel on the “Nine to Five” podcast, hosted by our friends at Christians in Commerce.

In the...

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Missionaries have been using businesses in the field to support their ministries for generations. These businesses have often been inefficient, struggle financially, and lack the proper expertise to make a significant impact for Christ.

It is time for Christian businesspeople to invest their gifts,...

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Wednesday, 25 July 2018 19:00

Can Spiritual Gifts Be Used at Work?

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In order to better understand who we are made to be and what we are to do in our work, it is essential for Christians to discern their gifts. Each Christian’s specific calling is related to the Holy Spirit’s work in creation, personal regeneration, and empowerment for one’s work...

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Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms (1 Pet. 4:10).

Living a life of purpose and significance begins with understanding the foundational principles of biblical stewardship. Unfortunately, many Christians...

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John was having a particularly difficult time finding what he wanted at Fleet Farm, the giant Midwest home and farm goods retailer, until he met Kathy. She was eager to help and provide the assistance he needed, including checking the warehouse stock, getting the item, and helping him put it in the...

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There are two things in my life that I hold near and dear to my heart (besides Jesus, the body of Christ, my friends and family, and pet cat, Cocoa): entrepreneurship and human resources.

One of the many things I love about working in human resources is having the chance to bring joy back into the...

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When we think of charity, helping someone get a job doesn’t immediately come to mind. We’re more likely to hand $20 to a homeless man, provide a holiday meal for a single mom, or donate to a local food pantry.

Important as these charitable acts might be, they are geared toward meeting...

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018 19:00

Do Churches Today Understand Faith and Work?

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Have you ever heard someone say, “Did you hear about Jim Smith? He quit his job at the bank to go into full-time Christian service.”

I would guess many of us have actually said something very similar. In the church today, we still believe some jobs are more spiritual that others. And...

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Do you have a long commute? Today’s blog was developed with you in mind! From time to time, we like to share podcasts or videos as a change-up to our blog content. It also helps our readers who have less time to read blogs every day, but can listen to audio while driving, riding the subway,...

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Pride is an ever-present temptation for leaders.

In the world’s eyes, pride in leadership may actually seem beneficial. Today, prideful leaders are often celebrated because they seem “successful.” By mere force of their seemingly self-assured personalities, they shake up the status...

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In the last few weeks, we’ve been talking about the biblical practice of Jubilee in Leviticus 25 and specifically addressing incorrect assumptions about its meaning and application. Today, we will look at the idea that Jubilee is a universally applicable principle—that is, it...

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“I have seen friends and mentors throw themselves into the causes of justice and do extraordinary work for Jesus. I admired their passion, their devotion, and their sacrifice. But despite their extraordinary dedication, things went wrong. Burnout. Infidelity. Lost faith. Financial compromise....

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