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...]

The Tragedy of Debt

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been convinced that I need to take a stronger stance against debt and offer more resources for people who are in debt.  I feel like I need to point out both the seriousness and ludicrosity (yes, I made up that word) of debt. As I’ve been working on my call for simple living and generous giving (in the form of a book called Transforming Your Financial Diet: 7 Steps … [Read more...]

Should You Have Money in a Roth IRA and a Traditional IRA?

Recently, I’ve had several email questions about saving in a Roth IRA vs. a Traditional IRA. The questions came from people who had most of their retirement savings in a Traditional IRA and were wondering if they should (1) start saving in a Roth, or (2) roll over the money in a Traditional IRA. In my replies to those questions, I’ve said that if most of your retirement saving is in a one … [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...]

How to Invest at Lending Club | A Guide for New Investors

I recently had a reader email with a follow-up question regarding p2p lending at Lending Club.  He essentially wanted to know how to invest at Lending Club. Here’s the question: Could you explain to me how lending club works as an investor? What type of initial investment is needed? Do you fund individuals or across the board? I thought the question would be good to address in this … [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...]

What is the Cause of Poverty?

Ok.  Here we go.  It’s time to dive into the always sensitive topic of poverty. If you think the question I asked in the post title – what is the cause of poverty - can be answered in one concise sentence, then I’m going to guess you’ve never seriously thought about the question.  Everyone I know who has spent any time in the presence of the poor acknowledges the complexity of the … [Read more...]

Practicing Christian Hospitality | How to be a Gracious Host

The need for Christian hospitality There was a day and age when hospitality was a regular part of life.  But, in this generation we’ve mastered the art of outsourcing hospitality.  That’s what hotels and restaurants are for, right?  In the Biblical times, hospitality was motivated by the nature of God.  As people travelled from place to place, they expected to find a home within the people of … [Read more...]

Lending Club: How To Participate in P2P Lending

The people are taking their stand, and one giant middle man is being removed – the bank. Borrowing and lending has been part of human society for generations.  It was prevalent enough that God included some borrowing and lending guidelines in the books of the Old Testament law. Historically, the wealthy lent to those in need.  In our modern society, the banks have long since held the … [Read more...]

Christian Giving, Christian Tithing & Other Giving Strategies

Some people just want to learn skills and techniques on how to increase their business profit.  Others want to know how to maximize their investment returns.  In an effort to learn those things, people go chasing after various techniques and strategies.  Today, I want to introduce some common strategies for Christian giving or Christian tithing.   Some of these are teachings, and others are … [Read more...]