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

This week, I’m attending the high school graduation of my nephew, the oldest of my twelve nephews and nieces and one goddaughter. My husband and I joke that we’re setting a dangerous precedent that will lead to us traveling all over the country attending family graduations for years to...

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Thursday, 07 June 2018 19:00

Does Following Jesus Lead to the Public Square?

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Do politics and public life have anything to do with God?

That’s the question Vincent Bacote, associate professor of theology at Wheaton College and an IFWE guest contributor, seeks to answer in his book, The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life.

Over the course of eighty-five pages,...

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Tearfund is a U.K.-based nonprofit that works with poor communities across the globe. They understand that there is more to poverty than just material needs. They approach poverty in a way that encourages the community to pull itself out of poverty. Here is how they describe why their...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 19:00

Is Forgiving Debt a Biblical Mandate?

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Last week I began discussing the topic of Jubilee, a biblical practice that has become more prominent in discussions about justice, poverty, and debt relief. Jubilee comes from the biblical text in Leviticus 25, and from this passage, some Christians have made the following assumptions:

  • Jubilee...

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In a highly anticipated decision, the Supreme Court ruled Monday on the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission (CCRC) case. In a 7 to 2 ruling, the Court overturned the decision of the lower Colorado court, which is good news. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court did...

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In a recent hearing, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan questioned Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg about his company’s remarkable success by asking him, “Only in America, would you agree with that?” When Zuckerberg didn’t wholeheartedly agree, the senator responded,...

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Is it possible to be heroic while sitting alone in your cubicle? According to David Brooks, in a 2014 New York Times column, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”

If such a conclusion strikes you as naïve or even patronizing, then try to appreciate the fact that, even while alone in...

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A common criticism of free markets and market-based economies is that they make the rich richer at the expense of everyone else—especially the poorest among us.

Is this true? If it is, as Christians, what should we do about it?

The Bible and Confusion about Wealth

The Bible is clear that we as...

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How does Jubilee relate to justice? What does it mean for Christians and our call to serve the poor and oppressed?

I’ve read several books by evangelical authors concerned with wealth, poverty, and social justice. Nearly every one of these books mentions the concept of Jubilee. The assumptions...

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Monday, 28 May 2018 19:00

The Secret to Finding Work–Life Balance

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In a recent radio interview, I was asked if “work–life balance” was just a myth.

This is an interesting question because often in our society the idea of work–life balance is held up as the secret to joy, contentment, and peace of mind. Yet, in our consumer culture, material...

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Almost every Memorial Day I am reminded of this statement:

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.

This reminds me of what the apostle John said in his first epistle,

This is...

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When economists talk about the free-market economy, they use principles that help explain what may come from certain actions. Their explanations emphasize an element of predictability.

But no one can know exactly what will happen in particular situations since unseen variables can affect outcomes....

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018 19:00

Six Ways God’s Presence Impacts Our Work

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There is a clear pattern in scripture of God working in and through his people, empowering them with his presence and bestowing various abilities upon them in order to meet the legitimate needs of people. I call this simple concept Immanuel labor.

A wonderful resource that helped me see this...

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In the sixteenth century, Nicolaus Copernicus theorized that the earth was not the center of the universe. He was quickly condemned as a heretic by both the Catholic and Protestant churches and ridiculed by scientists of the day. It was not until many years later, after the discoveries of men like...

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Income inequality is still at the forefront of conversation for many people. Thankfully, there are biblical principles that help Christians understand whether income inequality is a problem, and if so, how we are to respond.

We’ve talked a lot on the IFWE blog about various aspects of income...

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Today is “Whit Monday,” traditionally the day after the Christian holy day of Pentecost, which was yesterday.

Interestingly, “Whit Monday” is still an official government holiday in many Western European countries, whereas evangelical Christians in the U.S. don’t have a...

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Thursday, 17 May 2018 19:00

Loving Our Colleagues by Speaking the Truth

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We long for love, joy and truth. And yet, we often feel the pressures of the workplace require us to hide and misrepresent the truth.

In 1 Corinthians 13:6, we learn that love rejoices with the truth. The Apostle Paul teaches us that love, joy, and truth are connected.

In this passage, the word truth...

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 19:00

Is God’s Wisdom Revealed Only on Sundays?

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To get more knowledge about your field of work, you may be able to take an online course, go to a conference, earn a degree, or just do a Google search to find what you need. To gain understanding about workplace dynamics, you may be able to find a good mentor. But how do you get wisdom?

The Bible...

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It’s easy to misunderstand the notion of income inequality if we do not understand income mobility—the movement of individuals toward earning higher incomes and accumulating more wealth over time.

To understand income mobility, we need to look not just at current income figures but at...

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In the heart of Richmond, VA, looms Gilpin Court, a housing project 783 units large. I grew up in a suburb west of Richmond. If I was planning to drive into the city for an evening, I remember my parents saying things like, “Well just make sure you don’t end up near Gilpin Court!”...

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Recently, I was asked to speak on the “Seven Mountains of Cultural Influence.” This is the idea that there are seven areas of activity in society that influence our common culture. If we as Christians are to be salt and light in the world and influence the culture around us, we need to...

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When I was a mostly-stay-at-home mom, I really questioned my value to the machinery of our economy.

What was I contributing to the GDP? If I was not generating much dollar value in the marketplace, what value did I have to society?

I would regard my counterparts in the professional world with...

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Mother’s Day at church can be a sensitive time for women. My pastor is always intentional in expressing kindness to a variety of groups of women on that day: those who wish they could be moms, those whose children have died, those who have wayward children, those whose moms have...

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Dry-cleaning, grocery shopping, meal-prepping, lunch-packing, laundry, gifts for birthdays, holidays, and special occasions. I can never fully check these things off my list, and this is just the beginning. I like to get things done, so this revolving to-do list seems problematic.

But, what if God...

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Raised in a farming family in Oregon, I’ve never not worked. After getting my MBA and embarking on a career in commercial real estate, I continued to work while raising my two children. Now, I have the immense honor of leading 4word, a ministry for Christian women in the workplace.

Despite more...

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