The Single Best Piece of Financial Advice I Can Give

Truly enlightened economic gurus will probably make a case against what I'm going to say. Here's the single best piece of financial advice I can give - seek first his kingdom and his righteousness. Seriously. Some young people are being encouraged to choose careers that pay the best and offer the best opportunity for growth in industries that are emerging. Blahh. Instead, I suggest … [Read more...]

The Unpopular Truth About the Dangers of a Dave Ramsey Only Approach to Christian Finances

No one wants to write a post like this. It's so easy to be misunderstood and misinterpreted. It also makes me, the author, sound like a grumpy young man. But, something's been troubling me. So, I feel like I must write this post. I'm concerned by the direction Christian finances is heading. To be blunt, I'm concerned about the amount of Christians who allow Dave Ramsey to be the sole … [Read more...]

What Your Financial Advisor Won’t Tell You About How to Successfully Reduce Your Nest Egg

The longer I maintain www.moneyhelpforchristians.com, the less money it seems like I'm going to have. From the very first days of this blog, I was open about the fact that I wanted to learn  what the Bible had to say about money (as opposed to assuming that I already knew). I used to have a simple and effective retirement strategy ... and then I had to go reading the Bible.  The result?  I … [Read more...]

Stop Conforming: It’s Time to Consider a Financial Transformation

Take a deep breath. You just did something that you've been doing ever since you were born.  You've been welcoming oxygen into your body. You do this every day.  You do it without knowing it. You are who you are because you continue to unintentionally intake oxygen every few seconds of the day. I believe we as human beings learn habits, customs, preferences, and priorities without even … [Read more...]

Wrestling With Blessings | Thoughts on Success, Luck, Confidence, and Blessing

What does it take to make a great man or woman? How much of a person's success is based on their work ethic, management, and skill? When does self confidence begin to become an attribute that dishonors God? All of these questions have been whirling around in my head lately. As the New Year approaches, I've been forcing myself to review the status of my online business.  I honestly don't … [Read more...]

Should Women Work Outside the Home (Even Without Kids!)?

I once heard the opinion that a wife should not work outside the home - even if the couple has no kids.   Once upon a time, I thought that advice was silly at best, and perhaps even verging on ludicrous. That was eleven years ago. Today, I'm much more inclined to see the wisdom of that advice. I still don't agree, but I see the wisdom in it. At least it is important for young couples … [Read more...]

Three Destructive Dangers of the 10% Only Doctrine

There was a time in my life when I gave 10% of everything I earned.  It's what I was taught to do.  I think it is an important stage in learning to give. I'm thankful that I was taught how to give.  I'm thankful that I had the opportunity to learn to give with a cheerful heart.   Still, it can be dangerous if we believe all God ever asks, wants, or requires from us is 10% for the rest of our … [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...]

14 Christian Finance Blogs to Follow

There are a lot of other good people doing similar things to what I do here at Money Help for Christians.  Today I want to briefly introduce you to some of those blogs in case you’re interested in adding other Christian finance blogs to your reading list. This list doesn’t include every blog, and I’m probably going to forget someone (I’m really nervous about that – sorry if I forget you).  … [Read more...]

Who are the Most Influential Voices in Christian Finance?

He asked me, “Who are currently the most influential voices in Christian finance?” I was having dinner with some friends and met someone who asked me the question above.  I gave an answer, but in the end I wondered if I’m the worst person in the world to answer that question. I’ve been living in a cave of sorts. It’s not a literal cave, but I’ve lived outside of the North American … [Read more...]