(3) Count the Cost: Planning for the Future

(3) Count the Cost: Planning for the Future

In Luke 14:28-30, Jesus gives an illustration of an individual who wants to build a tower. His simple story is very fitting to personal financial management:   For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able t

(1) Neither Poverty nor Riches: The Christian’s Dilemma with Wealth

(1) Neither Poverty nor Riches: The Christian’s Dilemma with Wealth

Have you ever heard statements like these before?   “No one should ever earn that much money!” “If only that person were more responsible, they wouldn’t be on welfare.” “We are living in the end times; Jesus is coming soon. We shouldn’t be saving and investing for the future. God will provide!” “It’s sad that so many of our Adventist instituti

Misjudging the Master: Where the One-Talent Servant Went Wrong

Misjudging the Master: Where the One-Talent Servant Went Wrong

In the beginning of Jesus’ parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30), the master sets a pattern of parallelism: he gives each servant some talents to invest while he is away. At his return, the master should receive back his possessions with interest. The story should then come to a happy end with the master praising his faithful servants for a job

I Buy, Therefore I Am: How Materialism Twists Our Identity

I Buy, Therefore I Am: How Materialism Twists Our Identity

Materialism could be defined as “a preoccupation with or tendency to seek after or stress material things rather than intellectual or spiritual things.”[1] We can also define it as “any set of doctrines stressing the primacy of material over spiritual factors in metaphysics, value theory, physiology, epistemology, or historical explanation.”[2] Wit