Should Christians Sell Everything They Have?

A few weeks ago we started a series on the Rich Young Ruler.  Unfortunately, the holidays and scheduling issues inhibited me from completing that series.  Post #1: Rich Young Ruler: Challenging Bible Verses About Money Post #2: Rich Young Man Bible Study: What’s The Meaning? Today we tackle the final question – must I go and sell everything I have? Three Important Reminders 1.  The … [Read more...]

What Does the Bible Teach About Investing?

The Bible has little to say directly in reference to investing.  Nevertheless, there are a lot of general biblical principles that can help guide the Christian investor.  Investing can be a means of: Faithfully using your resources (Mt. 25:14-30) Ensuring the provisional needs of your family (1 Tim. 5:8). Matthew 25:14-30 records the words of the well known Parable of the … [Read more...]

Rich Young Man Bible Study: What’s The Meaning?

A few weeks ago we looked at the story of the Rich Young Ruler and answered the question what does it say?  In this second part we want to explore answers to the question – what does it mean?  Next week we will answer the question, how does it apply to me? What Is the Meaning Of the Story? The Rich Ruler This story is primarily about allegiances. Who does this man follow? Though he … [Read more...]

What Makes This a ‘Christian’ Blog?

In my interactions with readers and even with other personal finance bloggers there is a great deal of discussion regarding the following questions: What makes a blog a ‘Christian’ blog? Why post so frequently on topics unrelated to the Bible? What do you believe the Bible teaches about ___? I am the one who warned you to be be Careful when you see the name “Christian”.  As a result, I … [Read more...]

Retirement Planning for Christians: Part II

Should A Christian Save For Retirement? If you missed Is it Biblical to Save for Retirement? Part I you can read it here. Did Jesus save? Most Bible scholars agree that Jesus probably did not have an IRA or RRSP.  Yet, Jesus did save money.  I define saving as not spending money now so those funds can be used for a future expense. Saving involves discernment.  Savings happens when we say I … [Read more...]

Is it Biblical to Save for Retirement? Part I

In the context of a discussion about retirement, Matt Dabbs asked the question, where do you find the balance? On one extreme, you have people who work so hard to prepare themselves for retirement that they are basically working themselves out of needing to depend on God. On the other side, you have people who do nothing and then might be a burden on their family. Where do you find the balance? … [Read more...]

Debt as a Theme in the Bible

One of the main thematic underpinnings of the Bible is the credit and debt scheme. Man sins by disobedience and is now indebted to God for our sin. It is a debt too great for us to pay. Jesus, the Christ, pays the debt and we are thus set free. When the Bible speaks of financial debt it talks about debt in a way that it disadvantages those who participate in it. Deuteronomy 15:6 (NIV) For the … [Read more...]

Why Should I Give?

Have you ever wondered … Why does the church want my money? Am I just paying membership dues or something? Does the church need my money just to pay the building maintenance costs or church workers? What does the church do with my money? These initial ponderings lead to some serious reflection: Why should I give? How should I give? How much should I give? Today we will answer … [Read more...]

Spiritual Lessons from Difficult Economic Times – Parts I-III Summarized

At times God will uproot, or physically move people during poor economic times with the end goal of fulfilling his plan.  If you missed that post, be sure to read it here first. At times God will use economic conditions to provide an environment for spiritual reflection. If you missed that post, be sure to read it here. At times God will use difficult economic conditions to allow our trust to … [Read more...]

Spiritual Lessons from Difficult Economic Times: Part III

This is my final post in a series of three posts about spiritual lessons we can learn from these difficult economic times. In the first post (Wednesday) we learned that in biblical times God used difficult economic situations for His Glory.  We looked at the story of Ruth to highlight that at times God will uproot, or physically move people during poor economic times with the end goal of … [Read more...]