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...]

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...]

How Much Should Christians 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...]