Budgets as Moral Documents

Check out the latest post at the Faith and Work Collective, on considering budgets as moral and not just financial documents: Our use of money and resources reflects our values. Or, in the language of the Gospel of Matthew – “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Every day our small choices [Read More…]

Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions

We just ran into this fascinating article at The Atlantic (it’s a couple years old, but it’s been going around Facebook, so that makes it new again, right?) It argues that poverty actually causes changes in the way the brain operates: Science published a landmark study concluding that poverty, itself, hurts our ability to make [Read More…]

Why we give

By Mike Coyner. This post originally appeared as part of a stewardship emphasis on the “Indiana United Methodists” website; Coyner is the Bishop of the Indiana Area in the United Methodist Church. This is the season of stewardship and pledge drives and other financial efforts in many of our churches and institutions. Every day it [Read More…]

A five-minute guide to money (part two of a series on money management)

Yesterday in this space we shared a few tips that might help you get your finances in order. Very good advice–but as Christians, we have a larger framework to put that advice in.  Recently on the blog of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Drew Larson laid out those principles–aimed at college students, to be sure, but useful [Read More…]

Five ways to stop living paycheck to paycheck (part one of a series on money management)

Part of being faithful to God in our work involves being faithful to God with our resources. But for many of us, we feel at sea here–how do we better take care of our money and handle that dreaded B-word (budget)? We’ve pulled in a couple of pieces of thoughtful advice on the topic from [Read More…]