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

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Sunday, 23 July 2017 19:00

Redirection not Retirement

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One of the things I have observed living in Washington, D.C. is that it is a very transient city.

People come and go due to careers in government, working on government contracts, or working in the military. Because of this, you hear the terms “deployment,” “posting,”...

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Sometimes job changes occur out of necessity; one job ends and we need to find a new one to pay the bills.

In other cases, we can find ourselves content with where we are when a new opportunity comes to our attention.

Two years ago, I moved from a position at a seminary to one at a...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 19:00

Why Loving God with All Your Mind Matters

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I know a pastor whose study contained a desk, a kneeler, and a couple of chairs.

The desk and its accompanying chair were well worn from hours of study, and most of the books that lined the shelves around the room had been opened and carefully studied.

The kneeler was not far from the desk and faced...

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017 19:00

Your Calling Is More than Your Job

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“What is my calling?”

 “What should I study?”

 “What does God want me to do with my life and career?”

 “Where should I go to college?”

 “What job should I take?”

These are probably familiar questions to you. Questions about...

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Peter Boettke of George Mason University, my graduate school professor and mentor, used to talk about Michael Jordan a lot in his lectures. He said, unabashedly, that Michael Jordan was and is the best basketball player in the history of the sport. There may never be anyone better. I suspect...

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Sunday, 16 July 2017 19:00

Are We Really Out of Big Ideas?

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We’re all aware that we’re hip deep in the “Tech Age.” In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, Greg Ip observes:

By all appearances, we’re in a golden age of innovation. Every month sees new advances in artificial intelligence, gene therapy, robotics and software apps....

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What if we had empirical, long-term, statistically significant evidence that Christianity increased the general well-being of surrounding populations?

It turns out we do.

The basic assumption of many in our culture is exactly the opposite. Many argue a Christian ethic is repressive, detracting from...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 19:00

There’s Nothing Ordinary about You

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Have you ever been asked in an interview, “What are your StrengthsFinder test results?”

Since the release of the book Now, Discover Your Strengths in 2001, and the updated edition StrengthsFinder 2.0 in 2008, more than one million people have read the book and taken the online test to...

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Words hold great power. When we speak, we create. Although not in the way that God creates, of course, we still cause something to be in a legitimate, genuine way.

Consider a sixth-grade girl who, after receiving a less-than-desirable grade on her math test says to herself, “I’m so...

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In 2012, IFWE released “I, Smartphone,” a short video based on the famous essay “I, Pencil” penned by Leonard Read in 1958.

“I, Pencil” is a clever story to explain the fascinating aspects of how the market works. The market brings together dispersed individuals,...

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Over 20 years ago, I heard a speaker named Jeff Olson give a talk on something he called “the Slight Edge.” The idea resonated with me, and ever since then it has had a significant influence on my life. I have come to realize it is a basic biblical principle woven into the fabric of...

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When literature achieves renown and ubiquity—DonQuixote, Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter—the result is an avalanche of convoluted literary interpretations.

The Lord of the Rings, a recent example of such prominent literature, is no exception.

With so many interpretations, it is...

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A few nights ago, you may have been entertained by a multi-faceted, colorful firework display to celebrate the Fourth of July with your family and friends. With each different explosion, no doubt there was someone in the crowd that said, “I liked that one,” and to another explosion...

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Tuesday, 04 July 2017 19:00

Faith, Work, and Forgetfulness

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A few weeks ago I had to miss our family’s Friday movie night for an event at work. Our AEI Executive Council (student group) was hosting a screening of “To Whom Is Given: Business for the Common Good” and I had agreed to moderate a discussion following the film. When I let the...

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I was surrounded by a sea of twinkling smartphone flashlights lifted to the sky as tens of thousands of fans sang in unison, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”

On a warm summer evening at FedEx Field, we all were enjoying U2’s “The Joshua Tree”...

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As a young boy in rural south Florida, I was fascinated by honey bees. I would watch the beekeepers come to the numerous hives dotted around the orange groves near my home. Using their smokers, they would open the hives and extract the delicious orange-blossom honey.  I always thought that...

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Relationships are tricky. Each one is different. They’re messy and complicated and painful, yet we can’t flourish without them.

Relationship is at the center of exchange. It’s at the center of the universe, really, and always has been.

God models relationship for us in the...

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Is capitalism immoral? Answering this question from a Christian perspective requires returning to the Bible, taking its economic principles that we know by definition are moral, and comparing them to the underlying principles of free enterprise.

We do not believe that the Bible...

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“The economy” is a broad and somewhat nebulous notion. In the simplest terms, an economy is built upon individual trade and exchange: your trip to the grocery store to buy milk, to Home Depot for nails, to Starbucks for your daily fix. These millions of personal trades based on...

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Monday, 26 June 2017 19:00

Happiness Is Not the Goal: Contentment Is

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The United Nations recently published its annual report on happiness, which measures income, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on in times of trouble, generosity, freedom, and trust (determined by the absence of corruption in business and government).

This year, my homeland of Norway...

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“The scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is not much of an evangelical mind,” writes Mark Noll in the opening of his classic book The Scandal of the Evangelical Mindpublished in 1995. He goes on to lament that even with all the success evangelicals have had on a popular level...

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I had a fascinating conversation with radio talk show host Janet Parshall on her show “In the Market with Janet Parshall.” She had graciously invited me to come on to talk about IFWE’s book For the Least of These:  A Biblical Answer to Poverty.

In this particular conversation,...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 19:00

How Do We, Like, Steward Our Words?

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We live in a society whose vocabulary is waning, and quickly. It has become more trivial over the years, and my hunch is that texting and the plethora of social media phenomena have done nothing to aid this widening gap.

Here at IFWE, we talk a lot about stewardship. Indeed, so does the church at...

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One employer I know always asked the same question to potential hires regardless of what job they were being considered for:

If I asked you to stand at the copier all day and make copies, would you be willing to do it?

Their response factored heavily into his decision to hire them or not. It seems...

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God has created us in his image so that we may carry out a task, fulfill a mission, pursue a calling,” — Anthony A. Hoekema, Created in God’s Image

When most people think about the book of Genesis, certain questions usually come to mind:

  • Did God create the world in six...

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