This blog is the recording of what I expect to be a years-long journey to discover the truly best way for a Christian to handle personal finances. In some ways, it won’t really differ much from “secular” personal finance, but there will be stark contrasts in other areas, as there should. Though I am not trained in business or finance, I find it interesting and enjoy learning about it. I think the average Joe, if he puts his mind to it, can understand enough to handle personal finances in an efficient, responsible, God-honoring way.
This brings me to my next point: I am a Christian. I have scoured the internet in search of a coherent, trustworthy Christian leader in personal finance and have walked away (clicked away?) disappointed. Therefore, I have decided to seek out financial wisdom on my own, relying of course on Scripture, the Holy Spirit, books, commentaries, “experts,” other believers, professionals, and whatever else I can get my hands on. I challenge everything – every assumption that people, and specifically Christians, hold to when it comes to money. This is something I think I can do well, having been trained as an analytical scientist.
Because this blog challenges many of the assumptions we don’t even think about, it does, on occasion, become quite philosophical. Why should we try to get out of debt faster than we need to? Should the Christian view retirement differently than the non-Christian and why? Do we handle our finances the way we do more because we are Americans (or insert your nationality here) or because we are Christians? These are big questions. Questions to which I don’t claim to know the answers. My goal is to discuss these questions here in an accessible, plain-language way.
However, I recognize that philosophy can also be a snooze-fest, as my wife would say. Philosophy without its corresponding practicality is dead, much like faith and works. I have learned a lot already about practical personal finance and I hope to learn a lot more along the way, always sharing it with you here. In many ways, its just as much for me as it is for you – its a place I can come to years later and see what I was learning, and how my opinions have changed. So here you will also find everyday, practical advice and guidance.
I invite you to join me on this journey. Please share, comment, and email me about these posts. I expect them to be challenging, both for myself and for their readers. You can email me at email@example.com.