Archive | Faith & Finances


What Matters More — Your Spending Rate or Your Saving Rate?

Those of us who write about money for a living can get a little carried away by some of the nitty-gritty details. That seemed to be the case in a surprisingly impassioned debate that sprang up recently over what a person’s higher priority should be—controlling spending or controlling saving. At first, it seemed kind of […]

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Where Are You Setting Your Hope?

I came across a new phrase that I really like in John Eldredge’s latest book, All Things New (which I highly recommend). He wrote about “shepherding our hope.” I’ve never thought about hope that way, that’s it’s something to be shepherded. This idea has the potential to very positively transform our relationship with money and what […]

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Common Questions About Biblical Generosity

In a recent post, I described generosity as An Irrational Financial Act, going on to explain why it’s actually essential for anyone who wants to experience simple, meaningful financial success. With this post, I’d like to answer two very common questions about generosity. How Much to Give I believe the first principle to follow when […]

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Helping Your Kids Build Wealth — What It’s Really All About

I’ve written several blog posts recently, explaining how we’re helping our three kids — ages 9, 12, and 14 — get started with investing (Read Inevitable Wealth: Getting Kids Started With Investing). I explained our choice of investment strategies and mentioned that if they’re able to get their investment account to $3,000 by the time […]

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Rest for the Weary

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” – Matthew 6:27 In December of 2006, as each week brought news of yet another publisher who had decided to take a pass on a book I had poured a year of my life and left a well-paying corporate job to write, […]

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A Wild Ride

Just before takeoff, the pilot warned us to expect a bumpy ride. Some bad weather had recently moved through the area and our flight path would have us following the storm system. Few of us were prepared for the ride that followed. I’m not normally a nervous flyer, but this flight left me clinging to […]

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Profitable Ideas: Sentimental Savings, Airbnb Scam Alert, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web. Get sentimental about saving (Chicago Tribune). Advertisers know all about preying on our emotions. Here’s some interesting research about turning the tables and using emotion to do the right thing financially. More homebuyers are taking out mortgages that stretch them thin (Clark […]

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How To Truly Change Your Financial Life

Financially speaking, what are you trying to change? Are you trying to get out of debt? Earn more? Save more? Part of the process will probably involve gaining some new knowledge. And part of it will involve changing behavior. But getting to a better financial place isn’t just about knowledge and behavior. It’s also very […]

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