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

Thursday, 16 January 2020 17:00

Why Economic Freedom Matters for the Poor to Flourish

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There is something missing in the fight against global poverty: economic freedom.

In our constant effort to define poverty, we have focused too narrowly on the symptoms of poverty and not enough on the actual cause.

We go after short-term solutions to treating hunger instead of finding long-term...

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What do I mean by “calling”? For the moment let me say simply that calling is the truth that God calls us to himself so decisively that everything we are, everything we do, and everything we have is invested with a special devotion and dynamism lived out as a response to his summons and...

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It was a pivotal moment for me. The arena in Orlando, Florida was packed with over 5,000 businesspeople attending a one-day motivational conference. I was there with a number of my salespeople from work to listen to some of the greatest inspirational speakers of the day, including General Colin...

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Thursday, 09 January 2020 17:00

Inspiring Entrepreneurs in the Bible

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In previous posts, I have made the argument that entrepreneurship is a creative act made possible by the creative impulse that God gave us. In addition, it requires certain personal traits that God desires us to have.

If this is so, then that leads to the next logical question: Does the Bible...

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 17:00

If Christ Has Set You Free, What’s Next?

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Throughout human history, people of all cultures have sought freedom. Some have emphasized inner spiritual or emotional freedom, and others, freedom from external restraints (such as slavery)—otherwise known as political freedom.

In the Bible, we see that the inner freedom emphasized in the...

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My wife Kristin and I are members of a large garden near our home in Northern Virginia. We enjoy seeing its transformation through the seasons. In spring the garden is resplendent as tulips, daffodils and other flowers appear, and delicate cherry blossoms bloom. In summer, it is lush and verdant...

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Who is an entrepreneur? We often think of businessmen like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates as entrepreneurs, but is it possible there might be an entrepreneur living next door?

In my previous two posts I explained how entrepreneurship is an act of creation and listed the traits entrepreneurs must have to...

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Tuesday, 31 December 2019 17:00

Making Wise Career Choices in 2020

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How do you make good career choices? What do good career choices look like when you’re trying to make a decision about your life’s work?

In past posts, we looked at how “follow your passion” is actually important advice, though it’s been recently criticized by some...

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Sunday, 29 December 2019 17:00

IFWE’s Top Ten Blogs of 2019

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It’s been another encouraging year on the IFWE blog! We’re grateful for our subscribers and those who share our blogs with friends, colleagues, and family. After 153 blogs, 130,000+ words of content on faith, work, and economics and more than 1.4 million pageviews of the IFWE website...

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Sunday, 22 December 2019 17:00

Is Capitalism to Blame for Christmas Consumerism?

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Christmas music is the best thing about the Advent season next to baby Jesus, in my opinion. Every year, I anticipate the moment after Thanksgiving dinner when I finally allow myself to begin the Christmas music indulgence.

Though I prefer listening to classic carols and hymns, Sufjan Steven’s...

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Would you guess that “Joy to the World,” a Christmas hymn so familiar to us it’s often in danger of becoming wallpaper for the season, was once revolutionary?

It’s true. Isaac Watts wrote his greatest hit in response to other hymns becoming aural wallpaper in the ears and...

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As we close out the first decade of the 21st century, it is good to stop and think about where we are in God’s redemptive plan. In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, Jonathan Sacks writes:

Science, technology, the free market and the liberal democratic state have enabled us to reach...

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While visiting Oslo, Norway, I was pensively approached by a man wearing a University of Ohio t-shirt. He asked me in a broken voice, “Do you speak English”? Admittedly, being a tall Norse man made all the tourists, of which I was one, think I was a local. I responded in a quiet Midwest...

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Thursday, 12 December 2019 17:00

The Forgotten Message of Advent: Your Work Matters

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Many Christians this last week attended an Advent service. What does the Advent Season have to do with our work? Everything. This connection is part of the forgotten message of Advent.

The Forgotten Message of Advent May Be the Most Important

The Advent season reminds us of two things:

  • To celebrate...

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Tuesday, 10 December 2019 17:00

The Joy Thief Known as Busyness

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Fighting for joy in the midst of a busy schedule is sometimes difficult even for strong, mature Christians. As a young professional in Washington, D.C., I have experienced and struggled with some of the pitfalls surrounding busyness. In a city and society that views busyness as a badge of honor,...

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Monday, 09 December 2019 01:00

In the Beginning

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Editor’s note: In Andrew Peterson’s latest book,Adorning the Dark: Thoughts on Community, Calling, and the Mystery of Making, Peterson, a singer-songwriter and author, makes the case that we’re all called to be creative, not just artists. The following is an excerpt from his book...

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Thursday, 05 December 2019 17:00

Is Financial Independence the Right Goal?

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I’ve walked alongside families over the past ten years, helping them on their journey to managing their wealth. Some of the first questions I ask when I engage with families are, “What is your goal? What are you trying to accomplish?”

Many times the answer is, “I want to be...

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How do we fight both the material and spiritual causes behind poverty? Finding such a holistic approach is the topic of this IFWE podcast featuring economist and author Anne Bradley.

Using the biblical and economic principles laid out in For the Least of These: A Biblical Answer to Poverty,...

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Sunday, 01 December 2019 17:00

The Saltiness of Our Work

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What comes to mind when you think about salt?

For most of us in a modern context, we think about the small canister sitting on our kitchen table or in our pantry containing the mineral we sprinkle on our food. But let’s dig a bit deeper.

Salt, at its core, serves two primary purposes: it is...

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019 17:00

What Can We Learn from the Second Thanksgiving?

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Almost everyone knows the story of the first Thanksgiving. They know of the terrible winter of 1621, in which almost half of the Plymouth Bay Colony died.

They’ve heard about how, with the help of the Native Americans, the colonists planted crops the following spring. By fall they harvested a...

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Today’s mission field is the workplace, an arena where most of us spend 60 percent of our waking hours. Business people impact culture. Redeemed business people can and should change culture.

I’ve seen this in my own life through through redemption in Jesus Christ, and God’s...

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Thursday, 21 November 2019 17:00

Profits and an ‘Economy of Mutuality’

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Money is often seen as intrinsically bad or perhaps a necessary evil in the world. However, we must not forget the important role money plays in wealth creation and in facilitating the efficient exchange of goods and services.

Money and the trade it makes possible further the common good and greatly...

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Tuesday, 19 November 2019 17:00

Can I Return to a Field I Left?

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About this time last year, my wife and I had to return a couple of sweaters. One had a hole in it and the other was too small. It was relatively painless to exchange them for something better.

However, when we find ourselves in a job that seems defective or is not a good fit for us, it is not nearly...

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As I sat in my office, I asked myself, “How can I serve two masters?” This was the question that rang through my head constantly during my time on Wall Street.

The past century has been filled with a huge boom of wealth, innovation, and technology. U.S. nominal GDP has tripled in the...

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Thursday, 14 November 2019 17:00

Love Does Not Delight in Workplace Sins

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What is it about comic book villains? They love evil. They love carnage. They love to make others suffer.

Recently there has been a resurgence in movies based on comic book characters. Each one has an evil villain like The Joker or Lex Luthor. There are online discussion groups asking, “Which...

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