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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Sunday, 06 May 2018 19:00

Honoring the Faith and Work of Moms

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Editor’s note: There’s no doubt about it, mothers play a significant role in contributing to human flourishing. In honor’s of Mother’s Day, the IFWE blog is focusing this week on the work of moms (and those who support them!).

Mother’s Day is accompanied by certain...

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Are markets just?

Answering this question requires examining three main features of the market economy:

  • Institutions that provide for a system of well-defined and readily enforced property rights
  • Voluntary exchange of that property
  • The ability to associate freely with other people and organizations

Today...

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Today is the National Day of Prayer, a day designated by Congress in 1952 to urge Americans “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.” The theme this year is to seek unity for our divided nation, and the theme verse is Ephesians 4:3: “Making every effort to keep the unity of the...

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“[all men have] equal title to the free exercise of Religion according to the dictates of Conscience.”

“…all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion.”

—James Madison, Article XVI, Virginia Declaration of Rights

This language, crafted...

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Have you ever wondered why Jesus said it was better for us that he go away (John 16:7)? While Christmas and Easter are integral to the Christian faith, the Ascension of Christ (celebrated this year on May 10th) has incredible implications for you, your vocation, and the Church as a whole, and...

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Last week, I asked the question, why is it better for Jesus to ascend to heaven rather than physically stay on earth?

I believe it is because of where Christ was going, who he was going to send in his place, and what he was going to do when he got there. Grasping the where, who, and what...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018 19:00

Did Bad Theology Create the Welfare State?

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In When Helping Hurts, Dr. Brian Fikkert makes a bold claim: the current welfare state is the fault of the evangelical church.

In The Great Reversal: Evangelism Versus Social Concern, scholar David Moberg argues that prior to the twentieth century, the early church played a huge role in ministering...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2018 19:00

So, What Are My Twenties for, Anyway?

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What are my twenties for? It’s a question of purpose, significance, and direction; rife with tension and anxiety, full of your own expectations and those of parents, churches, employers, friends, and professors.

Your twenties are filled with voices telling you what you should do with your...

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Albert Einstein once said, “Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”

So, Mr. Einstein, what’s the difference between knowing and understanding? What about wisdom?

Whatever his response would have been, the authors of the Bible speak a lot about these ideas. Interestingly,...

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It is certainly right to place great emphasis on Christ’s birth (Christmas), death (Good Friday), and resurrection (Easter), but to ignore or minimize what comes after these important events (the Ascension) has impoverished the church. Ascension Day celebrates the day that Jesus ascended to...

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In a 2013 blog, David Spickard, former president and CEO of Jobs for Life ( JfL) discusses how jobs can serve the neediest in our communities. He tells a story of two young women, “April” and “Mandy.”

Both women grew up in abusive homes and ran away. Both were young and...

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It was a day like any other day until it wasn’t. Tuesday, after climbing to 32,000 feet from New York’s LaGuardia Airport, a huge blast shook the Boeing 737-700. A quick glance at her instruments told Captain Shults two things had happened, both of them bad: rapid depressurization of...

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 19:00

Are We Defining Morality on a Sliding Scale?

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In a recent interview with ABC News, former FBI Director James Comey said President Trump was “morally unfit to be President of the United States.” Rather than argue for or against Comey’s perspective, the question I’d like to pose today is “what ismoral?

Admitted...

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 19:00

Debunking Four Myths About Retirement

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There’s a growing movement of millennials who are dreaming about (and achieving) early retirement.

Elizabeth O’Brien writes in Moneymagazine that the movement calls itself “FIRE”, which stands for “financial independence, retire early.” The good news about this...

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Are you receiving a tax refund or making a payment this year?

If you’re making a payment, writing your check to the Internal Revenue Service forces you to think about how the money you’re paying to the federal government will be used.

Will it be used on effective programs that contribute...

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The framers of our constitution…said that certain virtues are necessary for self-government when it comes to compromise, or moderation, or civility…where do we get those virtues now?

 – Michael Gerson, columnist

On March 13, PBS launched a new conservative talk show called...

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Is private ownership of property contrary to human nature? Since the “earth is the Lord’s” (Ps. 24:1), it would seem that humans have no right to own anything. Is there a natural precedence to reject private property?

Reading church history often provides answers to what appear to...

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It’s easy to get isolated in your work, especially in today’s cubicle world. But the fact is, with God, we are never alone, not even at work.

My view of work rests squarely upon the fact that God is present with us in Christ and we can experience his nearness at work. Seeing this theme...

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It’s April and if you’re a college senior, you may already have a bad case of senioritis. You’re having difficulty keeping your eyes on the ball and finishing well. You might be spending more time on the volleyball court than in class.

Or you may be knee-deep in stress, looking for...

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God has given each one of us unique abilities, talents, and gifts. The question is, how do we put them to work?

The Purpose of Gifts & Talents

Using our gifts and talents for God’s purposes involves discovering your personal vision and understanding your comparative advantage. But it also...

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Apple is the latest corporate villain in the spotlight after iPhone owners discovered their older phones had slowed down after the launch of software updates starting in 2017.

A recent Wall Street Journalarticle reports some iPhone users are alleging Apple mischaracterized a battery problem in...

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April in the District of Columbia is a magical time of year. Washington welcomes a cloud of pink petals amidst the blooming cherry trees at the tidal basin.

Signs of spring aside, April also holds another reason to celebrate. The month is commemorated as Jazz Appreciation Month. This singularly...

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How important is character to a thriving workplace culture? Bruce Weinstein writes in Forbesthat unfortunately, character has taken a backseat to competence:

What most companies seek are knowledgeable and skilled people. Competent people. That’s important, but character is important, too. Yet...

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It was a short list, just a few “plumbing” things that needed to be fixed before the closing on our house. “I can do that; no need to call a plumber,” I said to my wife.

A week later, the bill from the plumber was over $900…obviously, plumbing is not my comparative...

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When someone gets ahead of others financially because of hard work, calculated risk-taking, and innovation, it is not only good—it should be celebrated.

Really? Shouldn’t Christians be more focused on equality? What about helping the little guy? 

Let’s think about these...

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