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
Sunday, 21 October 2018 19:00

Caring for Our Own ‘Garden of Eden’

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Recently, I taught on some of the basic biblical principles on work in Gen. 1:28 and Gen. 2:15 that describe Adam and Eve as God’s coworkers. As I reflected on these verses, it occurred to me that just as Adam was placed in the literal Garden of Eden to work with God for his divine purposes,...

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Thursday, 18 October 2018 19:00

Why a Ukrainian Church Said ‘No’ to American Aid

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When the Soviet Union disintegrated in 1991, the newly independent nation of Ukraine faced numerous challenges: Between 1991 and 1997, Ukraine lost sixty percent of its GDP, inflation increased to five digits, and there were riots in the streets.

Members of a church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania,...

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Is wealth creation godly or greedy?

The Bible teaches that the creation of wealth is both a godly gift and a command. Unfortunately, the biblical role of wealth creation is misunderstood in many churches today.

The good news is that there’s a global movement of Christians that are seeking to...

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Ask people who their favorite composer is, and you will get everyone from the “artist formally known as Prince” to Beethoven.

But ask who the best composer of all time is, and a majority of people who know anything about music will tell you it is Johann Sebastian Bach.

Bach lived in...

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Joel Salatin is a “beyond organic” farmer in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He sat down with IFWE for a video interview to talk about the biblical view of stewardship and how this translates into his work at Polyface Farms.

Stewardship in Work

To Salatin, stewardship is the Christian...

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When payday approaches, it can feel good to have the balance in my checking account rise. After the deposit is recorded, there comes a feeling of satisfaction about being rewarded for diligence and effort. This is a perfectly natural feeling, but it can be a dangerous one.

One of the reasons we go...

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On my morning run, I catch first glimpses of seasonal beauty breaking through on the landscape. It’s early October, so I should not be surprised, but I’m still a kid in serious awe each autumn. Slowly descending a hill, there I spy it. Just atop a cluster of trees, an explosion of...

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Entrepreneurship creates the opportunity for personal, individual flourishing.

Flourishis one of my favorite words, probably because it enjoys a variety of dictionary definitions:

  • To be in a vigorous state, to thrive
  • To be in its or in one’s prime, the height of...

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Recently, while speaking at a college, I asked students if world poverty was on the rise or on the decline. Many of them answered that they believed poverty was on the rise—and they are in good company.

A 2014 Barna poll revealed that two-thirds of people in the U.S. also think that...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 19:00

Avoiding Deep Dissatisfaction in My Job

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Apparently, only 19 percent of the adult workforce can claim they are extremely satisfied by their work (Barna Group research in 2014). I’ve noticed today there are many approaches being offered by businesses for those seeking to find deeper fulfillment and satisfaction in whatever their...

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One of the more remarkable developments in the workplace over the last several years has been the advent of technology allowing more and more workers to telecommute, or work from a home office.

Telecommuting allows for greater flexibility in balancing work and home life—particularly for women...

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Did you know that working is one way that we bear the image of God? We were indeed created for work (Gen. 1:26). Our efforts at work can bring delight to us and to the Lord and allow us to serve the common good and bring about flourishing in the world around us. In fact, creating value through...

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What if someone prefers a temporary productive loan as a means to work their way out of poverty—a loan that affirms their dignity while serving the common good through a business activity?

Consider this case from medieval times. MontesPietatis (“mounds of piety”) were charitable...

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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.

As we explored in the last blog, the moral of Solomon’s ascension is that when the heart of the king is devoted to the Lord (1 Kings 3:1), that devotion affects every...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 19:00

Monday Motivation—from J.R.R. Tolkien

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I am not uproariously excited about going back to work most Mondays, and I know I am not alone. We might take heart today by pondering one rather quirky word, unique to J.R.R. Tolkien.

Working with Words

Before we consider this motivating word, it is important to grasp an oft-overlooked fact. The...

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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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