Priority in Giving | Why I Don’t Think the New Testament Teaches a 10% Minimum Gift Requirement

I had several questions in response to my article on the Biblical priorities in giving.  I'm thankful for the questions as they helped force me to fully think through the implications of what I wrote. Most of the questions I received revolved around the concern that the priorities indicated I was teaching we shouldn't give to God first.  Some people disagreed with my conclusion, saying that we … [Read more...]

When the Righteous Prosper, the City Rejoices

In a competitive, jealous, selfish, sin stained world, we must strive to be people who will cause rejoicing in others when we prosper. When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices;  when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy. Proverbs 11:10 (NIV) Trust me.  There are lots of people who complain at the injustice when certain people prosper.  They are the kinds of people that make others … [Read more...]

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...]

Is There an OT and a NT View of Wealth?

I’ve had this question rattling around in my little noggin, so I wanted some of you smart readers to help me solidify some of my thoughts. Inevitably, when Christians have a discussion regarding Christian wealth, someone will point out all the characters in the Bible who were extremely wealthy.  However, there are a couple of things we need to keep in mind: 1.  Biblical narrative is not a … [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...]

What To Do When God Gives Bad Financial Advice

As Christians, we sometimes stand under the Word of God, and sometimes we stand over the Word of God. We are currently hearing two types of financial advice.  The first is coming from financial gurus, and the second comes from the Word of God.  I’m amazed at how often those to bits of advice agree.  However, there are clearly times when the biblical advice differs from the advice of financial … [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...]

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...]

Could The Money Lover Please Stand Up

“It is not money that is the root of all evil.  It is the love of money.” Ever heard that phrase?  Ever said it? EVERY TIME I have taught a class on Christians and money, someone has said that or a similar phrase.  They usually say it as early into the class as possible so that everyone can breathe a collective sigh of relief.  This effectively lets everyone off the hook so … [Read more...]

Should a Christian Declare Bankruptcy?

Many Christians are interested in the topic of Christian bankruptcy.  The question of Christians and bankruptcy can be discussed on two levels.  I’ll call the first the “ideal level” and the second the “sin stained” level. Series on Christian Bankruptcy Article Two  Eight Considerations When Trying to Decide if Bankruptcy is your Best Available Option. Article three  Establishing Borrowing … [Read more...]