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, 20 September 2018 19:00

Five Ways Christians Can Support Income Mobility

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Over the past few years there has been much discussion about reducing poverty and increasing income mobility (also referred to as economic or social mobility) in the United States, but few viable solutions have been offered that can actually improve this important economic measure for individuals...

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One component of Old Testament (OT) economic social justice was providing interest-free loans for the Israelite working poor. But does the Old Testament (OT) require only interest-free loans? Or, does the OT permit other loans that can charge interest? Well, that’s where key differences arise....

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 19:00

What Does It Mean to Be a Strong Leader?

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Being a “strong leader” is deeply misunderstood in today’s world. We live in a unique historical moment in which autocratic-style leaders have risen to power in many nations. Regardless of their diverse paths to power, these leaders similarly view leadership strength as the...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 19:00

You Are Called to Bring About Flourishing

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The Bible teaches that we are called to be good stewards of the resources that God gives us. But stewardship is not just about tithing or caring for the earth, it is about every choice we make. Being a good steward requires knowing what God desires us to do with the resources he’s entrusted...

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 19:00

The Wholehearted Stewardship of King Solomon

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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...

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I recently watched a compelling documentary film called Poverty, Inc. by Michael Matheson Miller. Poverty, Inc. challenges the current institutional mechanisms of today’s foreign aid and development system.

The central problem the filmmakers focus on is who has the power to effect change and...

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In our recent discussion of the Old Testament (OT) teaching on lending, we’ve explored some of the key questions as well as the three main OT passages that address the issue, looking particularly at Deuteronomy 23:19-20. Today, I’d like to begin the discussion of what the OT...

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Hinga Mbogo came to America from Kenya for an education; he wound up living the American dream.

After completing his education in Miami, Mbogo traveled to Dallas for a job interview. He didn’t get the job and didn’t have enough money to get back to Miami. But, as he walked around...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 19:00

A Tolkien Tale Tackles Workplace Pride

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“That’s marvelous!” I’ve heard people say upon beholding an antique oak chair I’ve refinished. And I’ve relished the comment.

“Wow, you are delivering a beautiful product!” If you are keeping your promises for clients, you’ve heard someone say...

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You filled out hundreds if not thousands of job applications. Spent countless hours at networking events trying to get your name out there. You check Indeed and LinkedIn websites more than you read your Bible. You finally land a job interview only to receive one of those dreaded “Thank you...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 19:00

Why Biblical Leadership Is Usually Unglamorous

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Richard Foster points out in Celebration of Disciplinethat our flesh whines against serving others, but it screams against hidden service. We crave credit, recognition, and fame.

The larger-than-ordinary, flamboyant, “brilliant” leaders of fast-growth businesses, large companies, big...

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Social media and morning TV news shows have been abuzz the last few days with a story about The Cosby Showactor Geoffrey Owens, who was photographed working at Trader Joe’s. The photo was given to news organizations who appeared to use it to shame Owens for his apparent career...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 19:00

Rolling Back to Work

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I love riding roller coasters, and I love the fact that my boys sincerely enjoy jumping on to join me. This was not always the case. Several years back, we were trying to convince one son that the biggest coaster at Hershey Park would be a joy to ride. He stood in line waiting, growing more...

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Monday, 03 September 2018 19:00

Hustling for the Common Good

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When Oye Waddell was 14 years old, he noticed that his friends were starting to make quite a bit of money.

“We played basketball at the park,” he said. “They started to drive around in nice cars and wear brand-new clothes. We all grew up together. I was like, ‘Man, I know...

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Sunday, 02 September 2018 19:00

Can We Actually Celebrate Work on Labor Day?

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Labor Day, celebrated the first Monday in September, was created by the labor movement of the 19th century and is a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the United States. It’s interesting that a day set aside to...

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Meanwhile the cross comes before the crown, and tomorrow is a Monday morning.

C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

It’s hard to imagine what life as a student in England during World War II might have been like. How could you possibly learn anything, let alone believe your schoolwork was...

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For most of the history of the church, church leaders understood that the Old Testament taught a complete ban on any interest on loans. But what about loans for specific purposes, such as productive loans for business? Were those excluded as well?

As noted in my first post in this series, the...

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 19:00

How to Satisfy Our Hunger for Meaningful Work

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In 2014, the Barna Group reported that 75 percent of Americans are looking for ways to live a more meaningful life. Many are looking for meaning in “family, career, church, side projects or elsewhere.”

Why this growing hunger for meaning? A Wall Street Journalarticle explained:

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You know the big questions of life:

Who am I?

Why am I here?

How then shall I live?

No matter how far we have come technologically, scientifically, socio-economically, and politically, we can’t get away from these questions.

In a recent Wall Street Journalarticle, Jonathan Sacks works from this...

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Throughout the scriptures, men and women of God encounter wealth of different types. Wealth comes in many forms, whether in reputation, authority, intellect, physical attraction, physical strength, military might, or finances. With each comes significant dividends and opportunity...

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On a trip to Oxford a few years ago, grabbing a bite at the Eagle and Child Pub was on the top of my list, as it would be for any good C.S. Lewis fan visiting his old stomping grounds for the first time.

My friend and I sat in the back room where the Inklings met every Tuesday between 1939 and 1962....

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Wednesday, 22 August 2018 19:00

Cigar Smoking to the Glory of God?

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A rabbi, a protestant, a Catholic reverend, an atheist, and a Norse pagan walk into a cigar shop, smoke together for about two hours, and have an edifying conversation about religion and life. Yes, this is a true story and it happened regularly while I was earning my master’s degree and...

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Today we share another powerful podcast with our executive director Hugh Whelchel who was recently interviewed by Guy Rogers, president and CEO of Pinnacle Forum, about “Two Crucial Errors that Limit the Impact of Our Leadership.” IFWE is passionate about collaborating with other...

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It’s an understatement to say that becoming a parent changes everything. Our priorities change. The way we spent our time changes. Our friend circles change. Parenting even changes how we think about and defend the idea of calling.

Up to the moment of the birth of your child, your calling has...

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Because we live in a Genesis-3 (fallen) world, we are tempted to think wrongly about our work in two ways.

First, we can make our work everything: an object of worship and devotion instead of the good gift God created it to be.

Our careers are often seen as a marker of identity and worth. Consider...

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