Exploring the Tremendous Value of a Vow of Simplicity

Monks used to take a vow of poverty.  Richard Foster suggests we consider a vow of simplicity (in The Challenge of the Disciplined Life). After exploring righteous and unrighteous uses for mammon, he claims, "Our study of money leads us to one inescapable conclusion: we who follow Jesus Christ are called to a vow of simplicity." I'm not sure how far Foster would apply that passage, but I … [Read more...]

Tithing (Giving) While in Debt

The following is a question related to giving/tithing while in debt that a  reader emailed to me: How do you balance good stewardship and putting God first – or is there a difference? Let’s say you have gotten into a lot of debt, learned a lot of hard lessons and are doing everything possible to improve your financial situation. You have worked diligently to cut expenses wherever possible and … [Read more...]