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, 28 May 2020 19:00

Twelve Memorable Quotes by G.K. Chesterton

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If C.S. Lewis is the Protestant apologist beloved by both Catholics and Protestants, G.K. Chesterton is the Catholic apologist adored by both groups as well.

Chesterton grew up in London and had a very successful career as a journalist, novelist, poet, literary critic, and lay theologian....

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 19:00

Thy Kingdom Come at Work?

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Why don’t people say “TGIM?”

TGIF (Thank Goodness it’s Friday!) is a popular exclamation for those longing for the end of a workweek and “real life” to begin.

When I tell people how excited I am for Monday—TGIM—I get responses suggesting I am clearly...

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As we celebrate Memorial Day, I am proud to have served in the U.S. Army, especially now. Lately, I have been impressed by the actions of our military leaders at all levels on Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. This post is where I work training and educating soldiers.

In my thirty-four years serving in...

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If you ask a non-Christian what comes to mind when he thinks of Christianity, there is a good chance that he will mention rules, things Christians can’t do. It is true that various denominations have imposed rules about dancing, music, card playing, and all sorts of other activities.

These...

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Tuesday, 19 May 2020 19:00

Does Our Ambition Honor God?

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“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” (1 Thess 4:11-12)

In a 1970s television show, calledKu...

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Some say income inequality is the defining issue of our time. One of the most famous tweets ever came from Pope Francis, who wrote, “Inequality is the root of social evil.”

This is a complex issue that requires solid economic thinking. Does the fact that some people are fabulously...

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Thursday, 14 May 2020 19:00

The Significance of the Perfect Bagel

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Upon moving to Virginia after four years in New York City, I understand the difficulty of finding a NYC bagel outside the city.

I’ve read all the theories about why bagels aren’t the same elsewhere, and whether it is the hardness of NYC water, differing baking methods, or just the...

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Everyone loves a comeback story. And for people of faith who sometimes feel in exile in contemporary society, nothing fires the imagination as much as someone reconnecting to their vocation through their trust in God. In this connection, I am reminded of a story in the life of the great Duke...

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Are you certain you are ready to go back to work?

For many of us, the current season is full of great eagerness and anticipation. Perhaps you’ve been working from home, and now there is the potential of going back to the office soon. Perhaps you were furloughed over previous weeks, but now you...

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Pete Wehner, a gifted writer, thinker, and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, recently wrote a great op-ed in the New York Times on C.S. Lewis’s approach to politics. You can read the whole piece here, but one quote, in particular, caught my attention. Wehner writes,

Lewis...

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Tuesday, 05 May 2020 19:00

Leading with Hope in a Hopeless World

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The past month has drastically narrowed the field of vision for millions of professionals in the United States. When the lockdowns began, there was a sense of deep concern but also of adventure as society lurched into unknown territory. For many of us, there was a sudden shift from working in an...

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Sunday, 03 May 2020 19:00

Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good

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Churches often teach people about “financial stewardship”—seeing the resources they possess as belonging to God and thus accountable to him for their disposal. Churches need to do better at teaching their members about “vocational stewardship”—seeing their jobs...

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We spend the majority of our daily waking hours at work. Sometimes work seems like all we do.

The endless cycle can be daunting, exhausting, or boring. We even believe the lie that our work is a waste of time, taking away from better aspects of our lives. We can end up resenting our jobs,...

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“Honey, I’ll be glad to stop by the store on the way home from work and pick that up for you.”

I am not able to say this right now. I probably will not say anything like it for quite some time. For the past few weeks, I have been working from home, like many others, due to the...

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Beauty is one of those “contested” words.

For many in the art world, it is a bad word, implying one group of people knows better than another. For American Christians, it hasn’t fared much better. It just isn’t something you talk about.

The “beauty” industry,...

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Editor’s Note: On “Flashback Friday,” we publish some of IFWE’s former posts that are worth revisiting. This post was first published on November 14, 2014. While this year’s seniors aren’t on campus, we hope this advice encourages them as they prepare to...

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Tuesday, 21 April 2020 19:00

Faith in a Time of High Anxiety

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In 1977 Mel Brooks released a comedy entitledHigh Anxiety. Even though Brooks played the leading role, the film did not do as well as expected. Why? In 1977 people did not find anxiety funny… they still don’t.

In fact, “High Anxiety” is probably a good name for what we are...

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The world recently celebrated the thirty-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Thirty years ago people peacefully took down a wall that was erected to keep people inside. Such walls are always the result of totalitarianism.

When governments centralize economic planning we lose the very...

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I have always been intrigued by Luke’s account of Jesus’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem. It’s the beginning of Holy Week, what we usually call Palm Sunday.

Luke records that as Jesus approaches Jerusalem, he sees the city and weeps. Jesus then says,

If you, even you, had only...

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I suspect that the typical readers of IFWE’s blog don’t need to be reminded of the hurdles they encountered on their initial projects as young professionals. Reality has a tendency towards consistency, which makes the scenarios and experiences of one individual relevant to another.

Whethe...

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Sunday, 12 April 2020 19:00

Five Truths to Remember about Easter

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This Easter, perhaps more than any in recent history, it’s important for us to remember the deeper truths of the death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. Here are five of those truths from previous articles to reflect on this week.

Easter Weekend is the Hinge of History

The...

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Tuesday, 07 April 2020 19:00

Why Easter Matters to Me More Than Ever Before

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I began a Sunday school class I taught several weeks ago on “God’s Sovereignty and Our Responsibility” with the following statement:

You will never be able to walk through the valley of the shadow of death and fear no evil unless you believe in God’s sovereignty.

I believe...

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“This is not business as usual.”

These wise words came from my boss’ boss at a meeting of key staff members two weeks ago. These same words had already come to my mind earlier that day.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has definitely impacted my workplace. How about you?

Let me...

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There is a connection between economic freedom and flourishing. Specifically, as Anne Bradley and Joseph Connors show in “Economic Freedom and the Path to Flourishing,” there is a “strong correlation” between economic freedom and human flourishing as measured in...

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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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