Encouraging Progress in the Quest for Simple and Generous Living

Many of my posts are challenges.  I want to challenge us to to reconsider commonly held assumptions. The message here at Money Help for Christians is not unique to this blog.  There are other writers out there encouraging people towards more simple and generous living. I guess four people specifically come to mind: Francis Chan. In the book Crazy Love, he talks about how when he returned … [Read more...]

Amazing! Weight Watchers Also Provides a Fool Proof System for Frugal Living

I've got this quirky belief that your boss shouldn't determine how much money you spend. Too often we decide to spend based on what our boss is willing to pay or our bank is willing to lend.  Instead, I think Christians should intentionally decide how much is enough (in the spending category), and use the rest to bless their local church, mission efforts, and works involving the poor. It's … [Read more...]

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...]

45+ ‘Two Thumbs Up’ Christian Book Suggestions

A few weeks ago I asked MH4C readers to suggest their favorite books of 2011. Now, we're going to turn that list into some reading suggestions. However, let me begin by saying that this list is not my recommended reading list. I was actually hoping for more overlap so I could pull out some of the most frequently recommended books, but no luck. Craig's Top 9 Recommended Books of 2011 7 Habits … [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...]

Materialism and Consumerism Grips Christians | What Are You Doing About It?

Richard Beck just finished up a fantastic series on the topic of giving.  In the fourth article of his series Beck wrote: Here's the cold hard truth. If you were to poll church leaders asking them to name the most pernicious influence upon American Christianity I bet the answer would be unanimous: Materialism and consumerism. I agree with Beck about 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000%. Perhaps I … [Read more...]

An Open Discussion About Wealthy Christians | Part II

Today I’m posting the second post on a discussion I had with Paul Williams (from Provident Planning) regarding wealth Christians.  I have attached our email exchanges: My response to Paul Paul, Sorry for the long delay.  Here's my follow up.  Perhaps it is more of a discussion starter than another point. Paul, I think it is clear that we are more in agreement with each … [Read more...]

An Open Discussion About Wealthy Christians | Part I

Several months ago I asked my friend and fellow blogger, Paul Williams (from Provident Planning), if we could have an email discussion about Christians and wealth.  I think a lot about that topic.  Occasionally I write about it too.  Below are some of my articles on the topic: Is Christian Wealth an Oxymoron? Should Christians Build Wealth Like Crazy? How Can Wealth Strengthen Your … [Read more...]

Medi-Share.org Medical Sharing | Christian Health Insurance Substitute

Update March 2012: I've written a post that talks about my Medi-Share experiences.  This has updated information on my thoughts regarding Medi-Share so I recommend you also read that post. My mommy always taught me to share. Now, I teach my kids to share. The question is – am I willing to share my medical costs? How you answer that question significantly determines if you should consider … [Read more...]

Christian Lenders | Should Lending Be Abolished?

This week I’m continuing to think through the implications of the statement: the borrower is slave to the lender.  How does this impact Christian loans and Christian lenders? Perhaps, I’m wrong, but taken at face value, this passage (Prov. 22:7) seems to indicate that any Christian who lends would then be a master.  Since the Bible says we have only one master, then it seems as if it would be … [Read more...]