The Cost of Love: Exploring the Role of Money in Relationships

There is a reason why Jesus spoke about money so often. Money is the one god that has led nearly every person to turn their back on the Creator in pursuit of selfish desires. It is the golden calf (Exodus 31) of both ancient and modern times and even more so of our country. So what role can money play in relationships? In marriages? Simple research reveals that a certain group of women who discover that their husbands cheat on them are more likely... Read More

Why Passing the Offering Basket May Rob Christians of Genuine Giving and Their Call to Sacrifice More

It was the first time I had visited this neighboring church, one which I had intended to visit for years. God was doing something in and among them. The church was growing and gaining influence over the community in which they lived. Such influence caught my eye, curious at how they run their services, what the speakers are like, and what sort of culture they are creating. I was impressed. The crowd was made up of young, energized, and excited Christians.... Read More

Are We Living for Christ or Cash? Musings Over Possession, Power, and Popularity in the Church

We are so steeped in this life. It is what we invest in. It is what consumes our thoughts. And though I would love to say that Christ and the movement of the Holy Spirit is actually what I am most concerned about, it is not. And I am not alone. The race to accumulate and to be comfortable, to enjoy the flesh, is our number one concern. A terrible thought seized me yesterday as I drove to class. What if Christ is weeping as he looks down at his church,... Read More

A Brief Encounter with Greed: The Precarious Nature of Flesh and Our Desire for It

Slamming the trunk of my wife’s car and examining the dents and damage of the bumper long fixed into the car’s body from years of use, my mind turned to my own car. This morning my wife generously volunteered to take my car to the shop for a much-needed door repair. I was already tired of the two days of trying to shimmy my large body through the passenger side, over the stick, and into the driver’s seat. My door is broken. But as I gathered... Read More

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