We’re celebrating the coming of 2015 by celebrating you, our readers, and looking back on your favorite IFWE posts of 2014. Here are the posts you read and discussed the most this year.
Thanks for being a faithful and engaging audience. We’re grateful you choose to read our blog, and we’re looking forward to providing you with even more great content on faith, work, and economics in 2015.
1. Why are Working Women Starting to Unplug from Their Churches?
4word COO Sandra Crawford Williamson examines why a growing number of women – and their families – are beginning to leave their churches.
This post sparked the biggest conversation of any IFWE post in 2014, receiving the most comments of any post ever published on our blog.
2. How to be Productive in 2014
Many of you wanted to make 2014 count in a big way. We asked Matt Perman, author of What’s Best Next and an expert in gospel-driven productivity, to share his thoughts on how to make goals – and then follow through with them.
Matt’s advice isn’t just for 2014. These are timeless tips you’ll find helpful as 2015 rolls in.
3. What Is the Prosperity Gospel?
You asked us how Christians should think about the prosperity gospel. In this post, IFWE contributor Andrew Spencer looks at the history of the prosperity gospel and its attempts to connect wealth and holiness.
4. Twenty-Somethings Are Embracing a Christian View of Vocation, but Not Because of the Church
This year Barna Group released data revealing what Millennials think about vocation and the possibility of finding fulfillment in their work. Elise Amyx analyzes the results.
5. A Christian Perspective on Balancing Material Goods with the True Spirit of Christmas
The holidays bring lots of blessings, but they also bring questions. One of the questions we’re asked every Christmas is how Christians can participate in the material and consumer aspects of Christmas while remembering the real reason for the season. Anne Bradley offers her perspective as a Christian and an economist.
6. How People Who Live on Less than Two Dollars a Day Taught Me to Redefine Poverty
Peter Greer, president of HOPE International and a contributor to For the Least of These, shares how his definition of poverty changed as a result of his experiences working with the people of Rwanda. Here’s his story detailing why poverty is more than a material issue.
7. How the Protestant Work Ethic Became the Atheist Work Ethic
This spring, Religion News Service reported on a study finding that the less religious a state’s population, the more likely it is to have a healthy economy. Reviewing the study, Hugh Whelchel asks, “Has the “Protestant Work Ethic” disappeared?”
8. Four Defining Characteristics of Human Flourishing
As Christians, what does it mean to live the good life? How do we really, truly flourish? Here are four defining characteristics of biblical flourishing that answer those questions.
9. What Is Stewardship – Really?
Following up on the four principles of biblical stewardship, Hugh Whelchel further explores whole-life stewardship and why it’s essential to the Christian life.
10. You Can’t Have It All: An Open Letter to Millennial Women
Anne Bradley shares how a biblical view of success and vocation can help young women meet the demands of career, family, and culture.
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