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...]

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...]

Graduated Tithe: A Giving Strategy

There are lots of people who introduce strategies for getting wealthy, saving a million dollars,  or for getting out of debt.  I want to introduce you to a helpful giving strategy.  For people who do not need be concerned about tithing while in debt the graduated tithe challenges them to give more. The graduated tithe was a concept I was introduced to by reading Ronald Sider. Just … [Read more...]