How to Talk to Your Kids About Money

September 16, 2021 // 7 Comments

How were you taught about money when you were a child? I wasn’t taught much beyond pocket money and tithing. Most of my financial education came later through hard experience. But there was one lesson I will never forget. I was at a leadership conference many years ago. The speaker began by asking us if we [...]

He Who Sows Sparingly

May 20, 2021 // 15 Comments

The church does a lot of things well, but one area where we sometimes drop the ball is money. I have seen rich leaders use threats to extort money from poor people. I’ve encountered churches that publicly name and shame non-tithers. And I know struggling families that borrow from loan sharks to pay their tithes [...]

What are Heavenly Treasures?

March 1, 2018 // 36 Comments

We know there are heavenly treasures, because Jesus says so, but what are they? Some say God is going to dispense treasure, mansions, and even cities to those who have proven faithful. “There had better be some reward for my hard work—a gold star at least—otherwise why I am working?” Others say there are [...]

Jesus is Your Tithe

September 7, 2017 // 105 Comments

Jesus poked the hornets’ nest when he said, “Watch out for those law-lovers who strut about in long robes, pray long prayers, and take the best seats at banquets.” It was a provocative statement because Jesus was standing in the temple courts when he said it. He was surrounded by long-robed men. “These [...]

Jesus our Tithe

July 21, 2016 // 77 Comments

Many of the laws and traditions of the Old Testament are shadows that are fulfilled in Christ. For instance, the circumcision of Jewish boys points to a spiritual circumcision “not performed by human hands” (Col 2:11). Your old self has been cut off by Christ, which is why some refer to Christ as our [...]

Should you Tithe?

July 19, 2016 // 57 Comments

For years people have been asking me for my response to the tithing question. “Should you tithe?” Here are two responses: You should titheYou should not tithe Since both responses are expressed as commands, and we are not under law, I care for neither. “Paul, you’re being tricky. Please address the [...]

Tithing Under Grace

July 15, 2016 // 162 Comments

Tithing has become the hot-button issue of our day. Just as the early church was divided on the issue of circumcision, the modern church is divided on the issue of tithing. “You should do it.” “You should not.” In this three-part series we’ll look at the tithe and its place in the new covenant. [...]

The Parable of the Minas (Luke 19:11-27)

May 28, 2015 // 29 Comments

Jesus told two parables about servants entrusted with money; the parable of the talents and the parable of the minas. In both stories a nobleman goes on a journey (okay, so we know it’s Jesus), and before he leaves he entrusts his servants with his wealth. In both stories the man returns and promotes those who [...]

The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30)

May 19, 2015 // 51 Comments

Once upon a time there was a man who went on a journey, and before he left he entrusted three servants with his money. When the man returned, he praised the two servants who had doubled his money, but the third servant, who had done nothing, was thrown outside into the darkness. The parable of the talents (Matt [...]

The Parable of the Shrewd Manager (Luke 16:1–8)

March 19, 2015 // 32 Comments

The strangest parable Jesus ever told was about a man who cheats on his boss and is then praised for doing so (see Luke 16:1–8). The parable of the shrewd manager (or the unjust steward) is puzzling. What is Jesus trying to tell us? That it’s okay to cook the books, diddle the figures, and engage in [...]

Would you free a slave? Would you feed a child?

December 15, 2012 // 14 Comments

If you lived in the 1850s during the time of slavery, and you had the resources to purchase and liberate slaves, would you do it? Would you go to the slave markets and buy people in order to give them their freedom? Would you buy orphaned slaves and set them up with new and loving families? Of course you would. [...]