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

Does our earthly work matter to God?

Yes it does, replies Darrell Cosden in his book The Heavenly Good of Earthly Work. Central to his argument is the bodily resurrection of Jesus, which the church celebrates this Easter.

Cosden correctly asserts that Christ’s resurrection means three...

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John was a new employee with the company and had been thrown into the middle of a major technical crisis. He had no experience, no training, and no resources for the work he had just been hired to do. He was on his own.

One by one, he began calling employees in the company looking for help. And one...

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Palm Sunday begins what is traditionally known as the most holy week of the Christian calendar leading up to Easter. In this last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry, he delivers a sermon to his disciples that should have a tremendous impact on how we practically live out our lives, but most of...

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While it may seem surprising, income inequality is a fact of economic life that is derived from our uniqueness—our different God-given gifts and abilities and how we use them in the market. You may agree with this point, but may still have other questions regarding what is fair and just in...

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I don’t know if you’ve heard the rumblings, but something interesting is happening outside the church around the topic of masculinity and it is starting to gain traction inside the church.

The apparent pied piper of this discussion is a Canadian psychology professor at the University of...

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Thursday, 22 March 2018 19:00

Risk and Reward Don’t Always Go Hand-In-Hand

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When you decide to take a risk, it’s not unusual for a happy-ending scenario to unfold in your mind.

A bold decision to finally pursue a dream, followed by many months or years of hard work, and —finally—a successful outcome.

Ah, the risk was worth it!

The difficult truth is that you...

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 19:00

7 Tips for Writing Your Personal Vision Statement

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“Alice came to a fork in the road. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked.

‘Where do you want to go?’ responded the Cheshire Cat.

‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered.

‘Then,’ said the Cat, ‘It doesn’t matter.'”

—Lewis Carroll,...

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Discovering your personal vision starts with understanding who God has created you to be, and what he has called you to do.

King David writes in Psalm 139:13-14,

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and...

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As I discussed last week, economic, political, and religious freedom are like a three-legged stool supporting a flourishing society. Take one leg away and the stool crumbles.

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Today, let’s look closer at just how integral the moral/religious freedom “leg” is to the other two...

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To best understand what the Bible has to say about income inequality, we need to look at two points: the distribution of gifts and abilities and examples of God’s earthly rewards for stewardship within the context of market exchange. We discussed the former last week, and now we will take up...

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Should you follow your passion in choosing a profession? According to conventional wisdom, this is the right approach. But Mike Rowe, host of the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs, surprisingly argues that this is bad advice:

Just because you’re passionate about something doesn’t mean...

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 19:00

The Real Reason to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

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On March 17, Irish culture enthusiasts around the world will dress in Kelly green and drink over 17 million pints of Guinness. The parties and parades commemorate the Feast of Saint Patrick, Ireland’s most famous patron saint. This cultural and religious celebration is held on the traditional...

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Freedom should never be taken for granted. As Christians, we cherish the inner freedom that has been made possible by Christ. But the Bible’s version of freedom involves more than just inner freedom, it involves God working out freedom and flourishing for others through us. Inner freedom...

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Income inequality is a fact of economic life. People are born with different gifts, and they choose to pursue them differently in the marketplace. As such, our gifts carry unequal earthly rewards, one of which is in the form of income. The market is an earthly construct which can dole out only...

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At their core, people are all basically the same.

Whether we’re believers in Christ or not, we are all God’s image bearers and also sinners, not perfect.

Being God’s image bearers, we all want to work and create. We love to innovate or improve how something works. We get great...

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It is almost impossible to have a deep discussion on any topic without running into the question, “What do you mean by x,” where x can be almost anything – any concept, any idea, any term. Indeed, it often feels like at least half of all academic discourse consists of simply...

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We all know Abraham—an imperfect man, but one of unfathomable faith as he obediently put his son Isaac on the altar in Genesis 22. But in Genesis 24, we see an awesome picture of faithfulness in Abraham’s servant as he ventures to Abraham’s homeland, at the request of his master,...

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“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is...

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Everyone who has been through elementary school has been asked the basic question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Kids usually default to jobs like doctor, lawyer, fireman, nurse, police officer, and other professions that seem cool or adventurous.

When we ask that question,...

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“Social entrepreneurship” has been a buzzword for some time now.

The term has transformed the way people think about charity, profit, and impact.

However, debate exists about how people define “social entrepreneurship” and how they go about starting social businesses.

Accor...

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 “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.”

This often-quoted maxim speaks to a great biblical truth at the core of who we are called to be in Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul writes “…take...

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 17:00

Is Your Work Spiritual Enough?

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How many of us feel our work is not “spiritual” enough or doesn’t matter in God’s grand design? Understanding this concept of a “priesthood of all believers” can help us see how all our vocations bear great importance.

The priesthood of all believers is an...

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Monday, 26 February 2018 17:00

Can Meaningful Work Truly Be Found?

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Everyone desires meaningful work.

For Christians, the question of meaningful work might actually be a trick question.

We All Dream of Finding Meaningful Work

Research done in 2014 by the Barna Group shows that 75 percent of U.S. adults say they are looking for ways to live a more meaningful life....

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At this stage in my life, early rising has become the norm. It was 4:00 am, February 21 when my BBC app flashed the news about Billy Graham’s passing. So many memories flashed into my mind, and then prayers flowed from my heart.

When my wife roused sometime later I said, “Billy Graham...

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Thursday, 22 February 2018 17:00

Why the Poor Need More Than Free Markets

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Economic freedom may be our world’s most powerful poverty-relief system, but it’s not enough for human flourishing.

It is the reason why economists report 80 percent of the world’s abject poverty has been eradicated since 1970, thanks to open trade, entrepreneurship, and...

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