2023 was a year of growth (and change!) across many areas of life: work, technology, cultural, and religious affiliations. Significant shifts have occurred as people of all ages and backgrounds reassessed their personal values and ways in which to serve others. During this time, our wonderful blog contributors shared their timely and thought-provoking insights regarding the hot topics of the year which included Christian nationalism, artificial intelligence, “quiet quitting” at work, and more.
We have much to be thankful for here at IFWE. As a research-focused organization, we have reached tens of millions of readers worldwide over the years through our blog. We extend our deepest appreciation to all of our writers, editors, and contributors who have helped us reach and inspire our readers.
Going a step further, we also want to thank you, our friends, readers, and subscribers. Without your engagement and support, we could not continue to do the work we do. We wish you and your families a Happy New Year! Now, please join us in looking back at the top ten articles from our staff and contributors in 2023.
1. Conversations about Atheism in America
Dr. Anne Bradley
What happens when you go down the path of atheism? It results in the value of the human person being based on materialism. This is just one practical way where it conflicts with Christianity. What are the other differences? Read more.
2. Christian Nationalism is Adulterous, Idolatrous, & Wrong
The ideas represented by the term “Christian Nationalism” are in fact, un-Christian. Here is an explanation of why they are so wrong and why we should care. Read more.
3. What Pentecost Means for Our Work (Part 1)
As Christians who celebrate Pentecost, let’s consider how the Holy Spirit’s power and presence impact our work today and how this makes us more like Christ. Read more in Part 1 and Part 2 of the discussion.
4. A Biblical Perspective on Wisdom & Foolishness
Stupidity is not just a lack of intelligence. It is a dangerous enemy that leads to foolishness. Here’s what the Bible and Dietrich Bonhoeffer have to say about this very important topic. Read more.
5. Christians Can Guide the Transition to Working with AI
Dr. John Pletcher
AI is a new phenomenon but one that is here to stay. So how do we ethically approach it with wisdom, courage, and a discerning perspective of the greater good? Read more.
6. Don’t Be Productive, Be Fruitful
What does it mean to be fruitful instead of productive? It means being patient in our limitations, valuing quality over quantity, and trusting in God’s unpredictable timing. Read more.
7. Reflections on Tim Keller’s Contribution to Theology of Work
Dr. John Pletcher
Pastor Tim Keller’s teachings advanced our understanding of the theology of work on multiple levels. Here are three significant contributions that stand out. Read more.
8. Quiet Quitting, Vocation & Values
Have you heard the cultural chatter about “quiet quitting?” What exactly is it, and how does it impact your job choices, calling, work ethic, and values? Read more.
9. The Blessings of Difficult Bosses, Coworkers, Employees & Customers
Are you dealing with someone difficult at the workplace? Maybe they need your time, talents, and unconditional love. But you might also need them in order to learn perseverance. Read more.
10. IFWE’s Recommended Summer Reading List for 2023
From time to time, we enjoy sharing our favorite reads. Here are some recommendations on the topics of faith, work, and economics from last summer. Read more.
Honorable Mention: How Should Christians Think About the National Debt?
Dr. Susan Wharton Gates
In 2023, the U.S. reached $31.4 trillion in debt. Was this just another budget showdown or does it mean something more? Here are some important checks on the national debt. Read more.