10 Challenging Quotes About Money

This post is not Craig's top 10 favorite money quotes of all time.  Instead, I grabbed some books off my bookshelf or fired up the Kindle and looked for statements that I've highlighted.  My goal is to challenge your thinking and introduce you to a few good Christian authors.  I hope that one of these quotes will resonate with you and provide you with some food for thought today. But pleasure, … [Read more...]

Guilt. A Foe or Friend in Christian Finances?

Right now there is literally $100 under my feet. I got some cash to use as change when people bought my books at a recent seminar.  The unused money was put beside my safe which is on the ground under my desk.  Yesterday, my daughter decided to 'scrubble' (how she says shuffle) it around, and I've not yet taken the time to pick it up and put it in the safe. Ironically, when we lived in PNG, … [Read more...]

Thinking Outside of the Debt Box | Searching for Positive Uses for Debt! Yes, Positive

Historically, I've taken a negative stance towards debt. For that, I do not apologize. I'm very conservative by nature.  My own debt allergies started young.  The negative math consequences of debt never made any sense to me.  Debt does not seem like a good financial plan. Back a dozen or so years ago when my wife and I bought our first car, I went out and borrowed money for the car.  We … [Read more...]

How to Conduct a Spiritual Financial Audit

Looking back and looking forward. That's what I'm doing this week. Why? I look back because I believe God uses events and experiences to help us grow. You'll learn by one of the following two means: From your mistakes From the mistakes of others This means that, as a new year is quickly approaching, the more mistakes we can identify, the better opportunities we'll have to make … [Read more...]

How to Develop Healthy Financial Communication and Financial Oneness in Marriage

Over the last couple of weeks, my wife and I have been having some serious fundamental discussions about money. Just last week, we decided to say adios to our budget.  Yesterday, we tried to decide if we should pay for the family to go out to eat.  Then we had a conversation about an appropriate travel budget for 2012. It was only this morning that I realized how blessed I am. I'm blessed … [Read more...]

How I Consistently Get Thousands of Dollars of Free Flights Annually

With all the anti-credit card sentiments out there, I usually try to repress my true feeling about credit cards. Occasionally, I slip and say positive things about credit cards. I think my last positive mention was during the British Airways 100,000 mile promotion. Here's a basic summary of my thoughts on credit cards. If you are organized and disciplined, using credit cards can be anywhere … [Read more...]

Money Saving International Travel Tips | Lessons Learned from Three+ Months of Travel

I was writing a random post about our furlough, and at the very end of the post, I realized that there was a great opportunity for me to share some of the things we did on furlough to save money traveling. However, the suggestions were too many to tack onto the bottom of that post, so I decided to break up my thoughts into an independent post. Money Saving Travel Tips 1. Fly Southwest … [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...]

3 Ways to Deal With a Declining US Dollar

In the cover article of the April 2011 issue of the Sound Mind Investing Newsletter, Austin Pryor shared stats that indicated that the US Dollar has fallen 14% (when compared to some of the major currencies) since the end of April 2009. You’d think that as a missionary who is paid in US funds I would have already known that, but I guess the PNG Kina hasn’t been hit as hard or I’ve been ignorant … [Read more...]

Child Care Costs: 7 Easy Ways To Save Money

Over the last decade or two, child care costs have grown exponentially and will probably get worse in the near future. This is due to the growing number of two-income homes that we have seen in this country. Here are a few things that you can do in order to reduce your child care costs. Look For Lower Child Care Costs at Churches Since I happen to live in the daycare capital of America (New … [Read more...]