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

Sunday, 17 February 2019 17:00

The Glorious Image of Christ in You

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My friends, God, by his Spirit, is at work restoring his likeness in you, the way it once was in Eden, except even better. Adam and Eve gave their allegiance to the Serpent instead of God. But when the image of God is fully restored in you, affection for and adoration of God will consume you. Old...

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Why is economics so daunting for people to approach?

In a previous post addressing this question, I discussed the problem with modern economics and why it seems so confusing. In another post, I examined this problem in depth, looking at how people have become alienated from economics.

Today,...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 17:00

How to Handle Temptation at Work

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A committed church member, Rob couldn’t believe the situation he now faced. Sitting in the pastor’s office, he found himself confessing a significant moral failure. After a one-night stand with a co-worker, she conceived and would soon give birth to Rob’s daughter.

“I just...

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Sunday, 10 February 2019 17:00

Four Myths About God at Work in Hollywood

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We often group those that work in fields like the arts, media, entertainment, and advertising as “creatives.”

This is appropriate since all human beings are created in the image of God and one of the primary ways we give expression to our divine image-bearing is by being creative (Gen....

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 17:00

Four Ways to Show Christ’s Love in the Workplace

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Earlier this week, a JetBlue flight was forced to make an abrupt landing because one of its engines caught on fire. The cabin filled with thick smoke. The plane violently shuddered to its final landing.

Many of the passengers assumed they were going to die. After emerging from the smoke-filled...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 17:00

Biblical Womanhood Deconstructed

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Many women are a bit intimidated by the person they see in Proverbs 31:10-31: the wife, or woman, of noble character.

Is there nothing this woman does not do well?

Is she real?

Should we aspire to be this woman or have the same pursuits? If not, what should this passage say to us?

These are just a few...

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Speaking to global business leaders at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, social activist and U2 frontman Bono made an interesting comment about capitalism.

Capitalism is not immoral—it’s amoral. It requires our instruction. Capitalism has taken more people out of...

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 17:00

How Venezuela Took the Fastest Route to Poverty

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Some say all press is good press because it brings attention to an issue, idea, or person. Venezuela is getting a lot of press these days, but there is nothing good about it.

Media coverage continues to detail the desperate economic conditions plunging Venezuelans into poverty and despair.

We live at...

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Editor’s Note: In his essay, “Is Capitalism Exploitative?” Joseph Connors discusses whether capitalism leads to exploitation and how Christians should respond to the existence of sweatshops, like those in Bangladesh. Below is the summary of Connors’s essay. Since this is a...

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Does the Bible teach that business owners should give to charity? And if so, what should that look like?

Gleaning as Work, not Charity

In a previous blog, I introduced the Old Testament concept of gleaning as a way the Israelite landowners were instructed to steward their work and care for the poor....

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Matthew is a book written for first-century Jewish Christians. It is full of important lessons and facts about Jesus’ life and ministry, and like all the gospels, it is primarily focused on individuals and personal behavior as opposed to the Old Testament, which deals more with the conditions...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 17:00

Trusting God in New Job Assignments

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Earlier this month, I went on a short walk around the neighborhood just before the sun went down to take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather.  It gave me some much-needed time to reflect and pray.

I currently work at Fort Leonard Wood as a U.S. Army civilian and have a heart for the...

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an opportunity to celebrate the life of a man who worked tirelessly against racial segregation. It’s a time to remember how the persistence of determined individuals completely changed society.

Martin Luther King’s era marked the beginning of another great...

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My father taught me my first lesson in understanding stewardship.

He was meticulous at keeping his woodworking tools in order. Each tool was stored in a clearly identified place, was cleaned after use, and was only used for the purpose it was intended (something I have not mastered yet).

My father...

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Raising the minimum wage would help some people. It would help the people who can get minimum wage jobs and who otherwise would have earned less income. However, raising the minimum wage hurts many others, including consumers and those who lose their jobs as a result. All economists (some of whom...

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Personality clashes and disparate problem-solving styles are all too common, even in the most motivated organizations. Someone’s true character is often revealed in the way in which he or she acts and reacts in situations with others. The ripple effects can be devastating. They can even dam...

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 17:00

NFL Coach Frank Reich Speaks Out on Faith and Work

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What’s a former seminary president doing as a head coach in the NFL?

This is the focus of an excellent story recently published by The Gospel Coalition on Frank Reich, former president of the Charlotte campus of Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) and current head coach of the Indianapolis...

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 17:00

What Stewardship Teaches Us about Faithful Work

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What does it mean to steward blessings for the benefit not only of God and myself but also my neighbor?

While there are a handful of ways stewardship could be explained, one way is through the Old Testament concept of gleaning—where the poor gather grain in a field, from a portion that is...

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A recent cable TV ad shows a series of scenes with bananas where apples normally should be—children bobbing for bananas, a textbook with Isaac Newton getting hit on the head with a banana, a New York City T-shirt called “The Big Banana,” and even a Renaissance painting depicting...

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Thursday, 03 January 2019 17:00

It’s Time to End the Sacred-Secular Divide

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“Even for many Christians, work is often only a means to an end…. They have also been misled by the sacred/secular distinction, which teaches that working in the church is the only ‘real’ full-time Christian service,” Hugh Whelchel writes in his book How Then Should...

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Tuesday, 01 January 2019 17:00

Real Productivity: Getting the Right Things Done

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It’s the beginning of a new year and productivity experts are out again hawking new apps to help you work faster and better in 2019.

The emphasis on productivity is nothing new. Many years ago I heard a quote attributed to Thomas Edison:

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would...

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“What was your highlight of 2018? What is your hope for 2019?”

These are questions that have been asked around my family’s dinner table over Christmas and New Year’s in recent years, and I’ve loved hearing the different, heartfelt answers.

It’s a great time of the...

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 17:00

How Scrooge Mistook Money for True Flourishing

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The Ghost of Christmas Present showed Ebeneezer Scrooge a wider world.

Charles Dickens tells us in his Christmas Carol that Scrooge’s cramped vision hardly ranged from his counting house. He and the spirit wouldn’t need to travel far.

Scrooge’s line of work wasn’t the problem....

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 17:00

The Uber Missionary

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Bob calls himself an Uber Missionary. As long as I’ve known him, he has been a professional photographer. In July 2015, in addition to this long-standing career, he added a new “vineyard” to labor in. He became an Uber driver.

“How I was to serve the Father in this new field...

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Sunday, 16 December 2018 17:00

Top 10 Most Popular IFWE Blogs of 2018

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It’s been another great year on the IFWE blog! We’re grateful for our subscribers and those who share our blogs with friends, colleagues, and family. After 230 blogs, 200,000+ words of content on faith, work, and economics and more than 1.6 million pageviews of the IFWE website and blog...

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