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...]

An Open Discussion About Wealthy Christians | Part II

Today I’m posting the second post on a discussion I had with Paul Williams (from Provident Planning) regarding wealth Christians.  I have attached our email exchanges: My response to Paul Paul, Sorry for the long delay.  Here's my follow up.  Perhaps it is more of a discussion starter than another point. Paul, I think it is clear that we are more in agreement with each … [Read more...]

An Open Discussion About Wealthy Christians | Part I

Several months ago I asked my friend and fellow blogger, Paul Williams (from Provident Planning), if we could have an email discussion about Christians and wealth.  I think a lot about that topic.  Occasionally I write about it too.  Below are some of my articles on the topic: Is Christian Wealth an Oxymoron? Should Christians Build Wealth Like Crazy? How Can Wealth Strengthen Your … [Read more...]

Is There an OT and a NT View of Wealth?

I’ve had this question rattling around in my little noggin, so I wanted some of you smart readers to help me solidify some of my thoughts. Inevitably, when Christians have a discussion regarding Christian wealth, someone will point out all the characters in the Bible who were extremely wealthy.  However, there are a couple of things we need to keep in mind: 1.  Biblical narrative is not a … [Read more...]

Is Christian Wealth an Oxymoron?

It’s been a while since I’ve had a reader question. If you want to ask a question, you’re welcome to contact me. This week I had the following question/comment from a reader. Why do you think there is such a black lash to Christians being wealthy? Some internet blogs and various media outlets think it quite the contradiction for a Christian to be wealthy.  Is it because of Matthew 19:24? Or … [Read more...]

How Wealth Can Strengthen Your Relationship With God

Almost every day, my wealth causes me to say a little prayer.  The length and the words vary, but here is the essence of my prayer: “God, I thank you for all the ways you have blessed me.  You are an amazing God who has given me much more than I deserve.” Today I wanted to tell you how wealth can strengthen your relationship with God. Wealth is a constant reminder of God’s presence in your … [Read more...]

How to Become an Accidental Millionaire

In this blog I have never really provided much information on how to build wealth like crazy.  I guess I’ve never really jumped on the build-wealth-like-crazy bandwagon.  But, today I'm going to show you how easy it is to become a millionaire.  In fact, I'll show you how to become a millionaire by accident. Earlier this year on his radio show Dave Ramsey asked something like - Why are we so … [Read more...]

Is the Church Immune to Wealth, Power, and Abundance?

I discovered a jewel of wisdom while going through some old graduate school papers for another project.  The article “When Was the Last Time?” by Mike Cope (I was unable to find any source attribution on my photocopy, though it was obviously published in a Christian magazine). The article is simply a collection of thirteen questions each with the intention of provoking our thought in relationship … [Read more...]

What are the characteristics of the poor, middle class, and wealthy?

There are a whole slew of ways to define if someone is poor, middle class, or wealthy.  The following chart is one of the most helpful resources I have encountered because it holistically deals with many different characteristics between the poor, middle class, and wealthy.  How do the middle class characteristics compare with your own?  Do you related to the characteristics of the poor? The … [Read more...]

Dave Ramsey Review: Should Christians Build Wealth Like Crazy?

On the bottom of every page in the book The Total Money Makeover Dave Ramsey writes the words, “Live like no one else, so that you can live like no one else.”  Unfortunately, Dave Ramsey never completely defines what that means.  My understanding of the phrase is something like this - “don’t buy something now, so that in the future you can buy something better.”  This makes me wonder: Do I … [Read more...]