He asked me, “Who are currently the most influential voices in Christian finance?”
I was having dinner with some friends and met someone who asked me the question above. I gave an answer, but in the end I wondered if I’m the worst person in the world to answer that question.
I’ve been living in a cave of sorts.
It’s not a literal cave, but I’ve lived outside of the North American thinking bubble.
I have no TV at my house (I have a TV, I just don’t get any channels). I’ve only bought a couple of newspapers in the last year.
So I’m pretty much in my dark cave away from the current trends of North American life.
I get my news from three sources:
- Twitter – I don’t post much on Twitter, but I am on Twitter. However, I read what people write on Twitter. That’s how I heard about Osama.
- Facebook – People tend to talk about the news, so I pick up the most important bits there.
- Google – When I hear about something newsworthy from either of the above sources, I may Google it to get more information. The two most recent events that I Googled included the death of Osama and the Japan tsunami.
This means my material below might be out of date by two years. It’ll be interesting to see how things have shifted over the last couple of years while I’ve been out of North America.
Folks who are influencing Christian financial thoughts
1. Dave Ramsey
More and more churches are offering Ramsey related projects. I think Dave Ramsey is a business genius, a very generous man, and offers some great insights to help people develop a healthy view of money. I think he is fulfilling his God-given calling.
However, I strongly believe that the Christian community also needs another voice. A voice that embraces the countercultural hard sayings of Jesus. The result is that Christians would develop a more balanced view of money.
2. Crown Financial Ministries
I think there was a time when Crown was the most influential voice, but I think Ramsey is playing that role now.
Crown offers very solid Biblical advice. They are the largest organization that approaches the topic of Christian finance.
3. Randy Alcorn
I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve not read anything he’s written. I’ve typically only read things that I find in a second hand store. Over the next few months I may need to break down and order one.
4. Ron Blue
I’ve heard Ron on the radio and read one of his books. He seems like a very humble person with a lot of wisdom.
But this list is the ‘establishment’. When you have a group of people who become the voice – there is always a countermovement. There is always a fresh voice.
Christian Finance Blogs ??
Interestingly, the number of Christian finance blogs has skyrocketed in the last few years. The first and most influential blog in this niche is Christianpf.com. The next blog to break into the field was Bible Money Matters. Around the time this blog started, there were a half dozen Christian finance blogs. By now, there are probably close to 15 Christian personal finance blogs.
Unfortunately, blogs typically provide a lot of unrelated articles, and it’s hard to really know a person’s stance on the topic of Bible and money. Thus, while there are a lot of good blogs, I’m not sure they are creating any sort of a “voice” of influence.
Now you tell me! Who do you listen to?
The real reason for this article is that I’ll have some extra time for reading over these next few months. I believe when you learn what the influential voices are saying, you can learn what people are typically thinking about a given topic. I’m wondering who, or what I should be reading.
- What names did I miss from the list above?
- Who’s got your ear?
- Who’s writing or talking that’s helping you make sense of the Bible and money?
- What names keep popping up?