Graduated Tithe to the Rescue | How it Helps to Curb Your Desire for More

Early into my blogging adventure, I discovered two elements that I felt were important characteristics of Money Help for Christians: The journey - I intentionally positioned myself as a person experimenting, exploring, and searching for answers within the field of Christian finances.  I'm still clearly on the journey, though thankfully many things are clearer to me now than they were three … [Read more...]

Three Destructive Dangers of the 10% Only Doctrine

There was a time in my life when I gave 10% of everything I earned.  It's what I was taught to do.  I think it is an important stage in learning to give. I'm thankful that I was taught how to give.  I'm thankful that I had the opportunity to learn to give with a cheerful heart.   Still, it can be dangerous if we believe all God ever asks, wants, or requires from us is 10% for the rest of our … [Read more...]

Reflecting on the Graduated Tithe | Two Years Later

In one of my first articles, I introduced a concept called the Graduated Tithe.  It’s been nearly two years since I wrote that article, and over two years since my wife and I decided we wanted to implement the graduated tithe in our own lives.  In this post, I want to reflect on my current thoughts and assumptions regarding the graduated tithe. To be clear, I didn’t come up with the idea.  I … [Read more...]

What Does God Think About the Percentage Budget?

When I first wrote about the graduated tithe, someone commented that God already has a graduated tithe system where we give 10% of our income.  As our income increases, so does our giving.  Also, as our income decreases, so does our giving. But, what say you? The percentage budget says: Your cost of living should increase as your salary increases. Your percentage of giving should never … [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...]

Bible and Money Page Updated | My 10 Favorite Bible and Money Posts

Today I just want to give you a quick update to let you know that I’ve recently updated my Bible and Money page.  The Bible and Money page is a collection of most of the Bible and Money articles I’ve published on this blog.  The more articles I write, the more selective I am about what gets included on this page.  Anyway, if you haven’t checked it out lately, you should take a look. The page … [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...]

Christian Giving: Seeking A Healthy View of Giving and Tithing

When it comes to Christian giving, no one passage has caused as much debate as the following Bible verse: Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7 NIV) This passage seems to carry many of the same concepts as the following Old Testament verse: Give generously to him and do so without a … [Read more...]

The Importance of Attitude for Christian Finances

Christians can do the right things with the wrong attitude and this ultimately makes their actions wrong. Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-10) What these two did was amazing. They gave more than I have ever given on a single occasion.  This couple sold a piece of property and gave a substantial amount to the church. The problem is that they misrepresented the sale price.  They said it … [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...]