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Creativity, Purpose, Freedom: Our Three Pillars

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Welcome to the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics (IFWE) Blog – a discussion space for a variety of voices on the topics of faith, work, and economics.

We’ve chosen to call our blog Creativity. Purpose. Freedom. These three words convey who we are as an organization and what we want to accomplish. These concepts excite us. They are our core pillars under which all of our research on the integration of faith, work, and economics is pursued.

Creativity

We believe that each person is created in God’s image, and like him, has a desire to be creative and fulfilled using their God-given talents through work.

I don’t know about you, but I used to think of creativity as something that Rembrandt, Bono, and Scorsese alone have. Not true. Our Creator has wired every one of us with creativity. We can find great satisfaction in utilizing it, whether we are an artist, a dentist, or an assembly-line worker.

Dr. Glenn Sunshine writes in The Christian Worldview Journal:

In every area of life, at our home, in our work, and in our recreation, creativity plays a major role. The reason is simple: part of our nature as image bearers of God the Creator is to be sub-creators, and so to carry out our original mandate which God gave us in the Garden, to create culture as a function of our stewardship of the world.

The truth about our creative design will play a key role in our understanding both our own vocational calling and our view of economics.

Purpose

As we explore a comprehensive biblical view of work, we will see that our work – paid or volunteer – matters to God and is an integral part of his purpose in this world. For many of us, this is a paradigm shift in how we view work.

When I was a business guy working in the IT industry, I wrestled with how to make sense of my faith and my work. Did my work have any value to God?

That question launched me on a seven year journey. I wound up leaving the business world to head up Reformed Theological Seminary in Washington, DC and to pursue a master of arts in theology. The end result was How Then Should We Work?, a book on faith and work released in the spring of 2012.

I’m eager to share with you my journey and pursue some of the same questions together through our research here at IFWE. What I found was that God’s call to Christians is to pursue excellence throughout the week, not just on Sundays,  stewarding all that we’ve been given for God’s glory and the good of others.

Freedom

Our three pillars are interdependent. Without freedom, creativity and purpose will suffer. As we rediscover the biblical doctrine of work, we will begin to cherish an economic environment that not only provides us the freedom to flourish in our work but also reflects the dignity of our creative design.

Approaching economics through the lens of faith and work is what makes our organization unique. It will help individuals understand economics on a personal level in a new and practical way.

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