What Romans 13:8 Teaches About Financial Debt

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. (Romans 13:8 NIV) This week someone very kindly, politely, and respectfully challenged me to rethink my position on debt and credit cards.  Her belief is that when one uses a credit card (even if it is paid off every month), she is in debt.  Romans 13:8 was one of … [Read more...]

Should the Poor Give?

When I use the word tithe on this site, I refer to it as the disciplined habit of giving.  I know that when you hear the word tithe you might hear me saying a 10% gift to your local church where God will bonk you on the head if you don’t give.  I don’t mean tithe in that ways, so when you read the word tithe please insert my definition not your own :). Should the Poor Give?  … [Read more...]

Developing a Giving Heart | Help! I Have a Calloused Heart

The 10 Day Give is right around the corner (I encourage you to visit the site and join the 10 Day Give). What is the 10 Day Give? It is a collaborative effort from around the web to encourage people to focus on giving over a ten day period. I fully support the effort.  In fact, before last year’s 10 Day Give, I put together a list of 101 Ways To Give: Time, Money, Energy, and … [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...]

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...]