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

Tuesday, 31 March 2020 19:00

How to Flourish through Financial Crisis

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Amidst the current threat of Covid-19, fear of loss, and physical distancing, so many of us are slapped by financial uncertainty. With shifts in labor needs, downward market trends, and suspended jobs, we might relate to Naomi’s raw feelings in the Old Testament story of Ruth. She wasexperien...

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Sunday, 29 March 2020 19:00

Those Whom God Uses to Heal

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I have been teaching a class on Wednesday nights on the topic of God’s presence at work. I have had only one student. He is a U.S. Army orthopedic surgeon, working at the hospital on post. When we got to chapter eight in mybook, regarding the kinds of work that we may be doing in the New...

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Young people today don’t just want to change the world, but they firmly believe they can. One study shows that 74 percent of Millennial leaders believe they will make a global difference.

Relevant magazine published an article titled, “How to Change the World: Advice from Seven...

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A major theme in contemporary society is despair. The rise in hopelessness has been so significant that sociologists have coined a new term: “deaths of despair.”

Time magazine reports:

Drug, alcohol and suicide deaths have risen in nearly every age group over the last decade, but the...

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Sunday, 22 March 2020 19:00

This is Not How Things are Supposed to Be

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When we look at the world today, we all feel a deep conviction thatthis is not the way things are supposed to be.

Global pandemic, our friends and neighbors sheltering in place, the economy doing somersaults. I’m reminded of Dante’s poemInferno,in which a sign was posted on the gates...

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While I was speaking on faith and work at a conference, someone asked, “Aren’t you just talking about works righteousness?” 

I assured them I wasn’t, but I can see how it could’ve sounded that way.

I’m not the only one running into this problem. Several years...

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I was reminded of something of major theological importance at work this week. It was something I had taken for granted and had not given much thought to. It was something I had never addressed in my writing on various theology of work topics over the past four years.

An Abundance of Fellowship

It...

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Sunday, 15 March 2020 19:00

The God-Given Dignity Of A Woman At Work

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Vocation, meaning “calling,” can come in unexpected forms. For women, especially, we find that our callings are not monolithic, but an organic collection of intertwining roles, various callings we seek to simultaneously enact in the course of our daily lives and often changing through...

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Thursday, 12 March 2020 19:00

Three Questions Every Leader Should Answer Daily

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There isn’t a formula for success in leadership, but there is a paradigm to align your leadership work with God’s direction. Answer these three questions daily:

  1. Who is Jesus?
  2. What will I do about that?
  3. Where is my faith?

Daily prayerful mediation on these three questions consistently puts...

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We live in a time when religious liberty is more threatened than at any time in living memory.

While courts and commentators turn frequently to Thomas Jefferson and James Madison for insights on religious liberty and the constitutional role of religion in public life, largely...

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Sunday, 08 March 2020 19:00

What I Didn’t Learn In Business School

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Armed with Stanford undergraduate and MBA degrees and a fairly new Christian faith, I founded a business in the mid-1970s with $5,000 and a grocery bag of computer connector parts. Inmac started on the idea of selling computer accessories by mail order and expanded from there.

I led the...

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I looked at the stiff, gaudy gold couch, quickly convinced myself I could like it, and handed the owner half of her asking price until I could come back and pick it up later that week.

Let’s just say, it wasn’t one of my better decisions.

Under the stress of planning a wedding the...

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It is part of human development that people from every generation must come to terms with and decide what to accept from the faith traditions they inherit from previous generations. Despite their accumulated wisdom, our parents (and their parents) are not infallible. Not everything they hand down...

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In the early 21st century, there are few ideas that can be identified as universal. Few ideas span multiple disciplines of human knowledge, from philosophy to economics, from religion to world health policies, from ethics to psychoanalysis, from medical practice to jurisprudence, from trade...

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Thursday, 27 February 2020 17:00

Why Did God Call Creation "Very Good"?

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As we look at the first five days of creation in Genesis, the phrase “And God saw that it was good” pops up four times (Genesis 1:10, 12, 18, 25).

Yet, at the end of the sixth day we read,

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good (Genesis 1:31).

Why the difference on the sixth...

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Tuesday, 25 February 2020 17:00

Voting with Your Feet to Serve the Common Good

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It’s election season in the U.S., and we are hearing a lot about voting. I saw a public service announcement on television, and a Hollywood actress asked us to vote. I suspect she wouldn’t want my vote if she knew what it was, but she was encouraging voting nonetheless.

On Election Day,...

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Sunday, 23 February 2020 17:00

The Truth About Bringing Your Faith to Work

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As the founder of 4word, a ministry organization for women in the workplace, I spend significant time speaking to and mentoring Christian professionals worldwide.

I’m often asked about how Christians can or should “bring faith to work.” My answer is simple: If you are...

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When we read Moses’s instructions to teach God’s commands to our children and talk of them consistently (Deuteronomy 6:7), this means more than simply doing family devotions.

It also includes showing them how to live as Christians in the world, and in the world of work.

The Challenges of...

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020 17:00

The Case for Faith and the Free Market

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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights—that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

This powerful expression of freedom was written in recognition that we are...

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Our first president, George Washington, defined a vital, visible public role for religion in the civil polity and simultaneously affirmed a robust policy of religious liberty.

It is fitting that on this Presidents’ Day, a day conceived to commemorate the birth of our first president, we...

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Thursday, 13 February 2020 17:00

C.S. Lewis on Loving Without Fear

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In a previous post, I wrote about C.S. Lewis’s description of the Trinity as a source of love and personhood. God is love, and love works through us and through the whole community of believers. This love is from all eternity being expressed in what Lewis calls, “The whole dance or...

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Tuesday, 11 February 2020 17:00

The Best Workers Make the Best Neighbors

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As a boy, I remember hearing the heart cry of a restless generation echoing from my eldest brother’s high-powered stereo speakers. The words of pop singer Jackie DeShannon still ring with crystal clarity in my ears:

What the world needs now is love, sweet love; it’s the only thing there...

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I remember the first time I saw real poverty. It was the early 1970s, so I would have been 7 or 8 years old. Flipping through a copy of National Geographic magazine, I found a heartbreaking photo. It showed a malnourished African boy, about my own age, with flies on his face and a distended belly.

I...

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Thursday, 06 February 2020 17:00

Why Christians Should Care About Economic Ideas

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Ideas have consequences. John Piper articulates this when he tells the story of Victor Frankl, who was imprisoned in the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz and Dachau. Regarding ideas, Frankl wrote:

I am absolutely convinced that the gas chambers of Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Maidanek were...

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Tuesday, 04 February 2020 17:00

The Dignity of All Work

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All work has dignity because it reflects God’s image in us, and also because the material creation we are called to care for is good. The Greeks saw death as a friend because it liberated us from the prison of physical life. The Bible sees death not as a friend, but as an enemy (1 Cor. 15:26),...

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