Embracing Missional Frugality

Perhaps you’re not familiar with the term missional. Basically, to be missional is to adopt the stance of a missionary in all you do. There’s a lot of buzz right now (at least back when I was able to keep up with the North American buzz) about the concept of churches becoming missional. The call is for churches to do everything with intentionality in order to reach out to those around … [Read more...]

Expensive Shopping is Good | How To Shop For Value, Not Price

For a long time I’ve been on the frugal or cheap fence.  One day I think frugal accurately describes me, and then the next day I jump ship and find myself firmly planted in the cheap camp. Here’s another question we can ask to help differentiate between frugal and cheap. Do you buy things based on what they cost, or do you buy things based on what you get? I think that cheap people buy based … [Read more...]

How to Become an Accidental Millionaire

In this blog I have never really provided much information on how to build wealth like crazy.  I guess I’ve never really jumped on the build-wealth-like-crazy bandwagon.  But, today I'm going to show you how easy it is to become a millionaire.  In fact, I'll show you how to become a millionaire by accident. Earlier this year on his radio show Dave Ramsey asked something like - Why are we so … [Read more...]

Bible and Money: Faith Foundations of MH4C

This post is a continuation of a series on MH4C Faith Foundations where I am introducing my readers to the core beliefs of MH4C. What is the Goal of Money Help For Christians? While I hope the title is a good first indication, it is also somewhat misleading. In fact, if I could go back and change the title I would. Unfortunately, some readers have assumed that Money Help For Christians … [Read more...]

Cut Costs By Being Resourceful

The following is a guest post submitted by my wonderful and talented wife.  While writing a post on our personal blog, my wife accidentally wrote one that fits well with the overall purpose and theme of MH4C.  Please welcome Mrs. Ford to the MH4C writing team. I’ve learned many lessons living in PNG.  One of them is that Papua New Guineans are much more resourceful than Americans.  It’s amazing … [Read more...]

Frugal or Cheap?

I still remember the first time someone said I was frugal.  I ran home and looked the word up in the dictionary.  Frugal was a new word to me and I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to take is as a compliment.  Since that time I’ve heard the word used lots (typically directed at me).  There is another similar word that I hear used - cheap.  So is there a difference between being frugal and being … [Read more...]

Frugal: To Be or Not to Be

To be frugal is basically to be cheap with the ultimate goal of financial success (my homemade on the spot definition).  I am frugal.  I remember the first person who called me frugal in high school.  I rushed home and opened a dictionary for the first time in months.  When I read the definition I took the statement as a compliment.  The opposite of a frugal person be a … [Read more...]