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, 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:

In part,...

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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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On June 29, 2013 in Starke, Florida, the first monument to atheism to be erected on government property was dedicated. It sits alongside the Ten Commandments on the Bradford County courthouse grounds.

What caught my attention, in addition to the event itself, was a particular quote on the side of...

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According to news headlines, there’s a growing “loneliness epidemic” in the West. Jeremy Linneman writes that as a society we’ve turned inwards in our search for meaning and wrongly assumed that connecting on Facebook can fill our need for community:

As...

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For much of church history, pastoral leaders believed the Old Testament taught that no interest should be charged on any loans. The care and protection for the Israelite working poor was the main rationale for such a prohibition that no interest should be charged on such loans:

If you lend money to...

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The work of the Holy Spirit in the world has several implications for Christians and their work. Whether working in creation or regeneration, the Spirit constantly empowers us to carry out the callings God places on our lives. There are many stories throughout the Old Testament of the Spirit...

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Sunday, 12 August 2018 19:00

Blindsided by Change? God Will Make a Way

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Is it possible to feel two competing emotions at the same time? This happens a lot with that mysterious phenomenon called change. My experience is that when change is desired and initiated by you, it is usually welcomed with a great deal of enthusiasm. But, what about an unexpected change that...

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The first question the Westminster Longer Catechism asks is,

What is the chief and highest end of man?

The answer, drawn from scripture, says,

Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and fully to enjoy him forever.

In a way that is perhaps surprising, we can do these things—glorify...

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Wednesday, 08 August 2018 19:00

Can the Poor Truly Flourish?

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One of our blog subscribers from Canada recently asked an interesting question after watching our video Freedom to Flourish (below) and asked: “How can people who live in poor countries or those who grew up poor flourish?”

This is an important question because, in our current...

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Today we’re celebrating the one-year anniversary of the release of Counting the Cost: Christian Perspectives on Capitalism(Abilene Christian University Press), an edited collection of essays addressing moral concerns Christians have about capitalism. The book was edited by IFWE scholars Anne...

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What does it look like to live fully for Christ? My IFWE colleague and theologian Hugh Whelchel has laid out three principles related to how we do this within a biblical view of work:

  1. We must rediscover that our primary call is to follow Jesus, and that this call encompasses the whole of our lives.
  2. We...

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Does the Holy Spirit empower you for work? Absolutely. Understanding the work of the Spirit in scripture helps us understand how the Spirit empowers us today. We see the Spirit working on three levels:

  • A cosmic level, in creation
  • An individual level, in conversion of new believers, giving of gifts,...

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