Rich Young Ruler | Reflections on a Few Interpretive Options

It's really impossible to talk about the Bible and money and not talk about a man commonly known as the Rich Young Ruler.  Wouldn't you feel cheated if you took a Bible class on the Bible and personal finance, and you never at least read that story?  I think for many of us, that this is a pinnacle story.  Within this story, we think there might be some really important lessons for our own … [Read more...]

5 Dangerous Intersections Where Wealthy Christians May be Tempted

The intersection where money and the human heart meet is a dangerous one. In every town around the world, there are intersections that are identified as the most dangerous.  Those intersections get a lot of attention from law makers as they attempt to find ways to make them safer. While traveling from Rotorua to Auckland, there’s an intersection that has more warning signs than I’ve ever … [Read more...]

Treasures in Heaven |The Role of Self in Giving

Even though it’s a very important biblical concept, I don’t often talk about the importance of building up treasures in heaven. Honestly, it’s a topic I don’t really know how to properly address in a way that honors God and promotes generous giving.  For lack of a better word, it just seems off to make your primary reason to give because of what you’ll get. However, as Christians what we … [Read more...]

Is There an OT and a NT View of Wealth?

I’ve had this question rattling around in my little noggin, so I wanted some of you smart readers to help me solidify some of my thoughts. Inevitably, when Christians have a discussion regarding Christian wealth, someone will point out all the characters in the Bible who were extremely wealthy.  However, there are a couple of things we need to keep in mind: 1.  Biblical narrative is not a … [Read more...]

What Currency is Our Treasures in Heaven?

I was probably in the 6th – 8th grade when the visiting preacher came to our home town. I sat mesmerized as the preacher grabbed a spoon.  You see, growing up in the Churches of Christ we didn’t get a lot of illustrations.  A good sermon would contain 150 different Bible verses.  Occasionally there would be a story or illustration.  But, this was unheard of – a preacher holding a spoon. The … [Read more...]

Is Christian Wealth an Oxymoron?

It’s been a while since I’ve had a reader question. If you want to ask a question, you’re welcome to contact me. This week I had the following question/comment from a reader. Why do you think there is such a black lash to Christians being wealthy? Some internet blogs and various media outlets think it quite the contradiction for a Christian to be wealthy.  Is it because of Matthew 19:24? Or … [Read more...]

8 Reasons Why Christians Need to Talk about Money

I grew up believing that discussions about money carried a certain amount of ‘unholiness’.  Those who are truly spiritual elevate themselves above such petty issues and instead focus on discussions of salvation, justification, sanctification, heaven, and hell.  I assumed that the truly holy are those with minimal bank account balances.  The man who squanders all his money on fast food, cars, … [Read more...]

Christians, Is Money Really Neutral and Amoral?

I have an unpopular theory about money.  I know it’s unpopular because I’ve seen the exact opposite point made about a half dozen times just this week.  For those of you who say money is neutral, amoral, or just a tool, I’ll just say I love you, but I’m not sure that I completely agree.  So here’s my stab at challenging our conventional thinking.  (If I generate some thought-provoking discussion, … [Read more...]

Could The Money Lover Please Stand Up

“It is not money that is the root of all evil.  It is the love of money.” Ever heard that phrase?  Ever said it? EVERY TIME I have taught a class on Christians and money, someone has said that or a similar phrase.  They usually say it as early into the class as possible so that everyone can breathe a collective sigh of relief.  This effectively lets everyone off the hook so … [Read more...]

The Importance of Attitude for Christian Finances

Christians can do the right things with the wrong attitude and this ultimately makes their actions wrong. Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-10) What these two did was amazing. They gave more than I have ever given on a single occasion.  This couple sold a piece of property and gave a substantial amount to the church. The problem is that they misrepresented the sale price.  They said it … [Read more...]