Here’s a brainy, in-depth look at the ethics of big-dollar philanthropy. The New Yorker‘s Elizabeth Kolbert looks at the issue from the days of Andrew Carnegie to the present and questions whether ultra-rich donors achieve the positive results they purport to desire. (Photo: Mykl Roventine, Creative Commons)
Money is a leading cause of stress, and it seems everyone wishes they earned just a little more. But control over money has less to do with how much we make, and a lot more to do with how we manage what we have. As followers of Christ, we need to get a handle on […]
Money! It can motivate us, enrich us, and certainly frustrate us. We cannot live without it today. And if we’re not careful it can take us over. Fortunately, as people of faith, we have tools to help moderate the way money can take over our thoughts, says this article from Beliefnet.
Money and power comprise the primary frame of reference for Western culture, and this has caused much suffering. But Jesus offered us a different world view where God’s people work for justice, author Richard Rohr writes in this meditation, one of a two week series on economy. (Photo © styf – Fotolia.com)
“White space” began as a publishing term for parts of a page on which nothing is printed. Designers include white space to keep the words and artwork from looking too crowded. We need white space around all areas of our lives, including our finances, writes blogger Dawn Sparks in SimpleMoney.com
Jesus talked a lot about money, and not always in the most positive terms. Yet his ministry used money, and the New Testament even tells us that it was Judas, his betrayer, who was treasurer. So what were the financial needs of Jesus’ ministry and who met them? This insightful CNN article explains. (Photo: ThrasherDave, […]
How does your treasurer keep the church books? Though few still use the old paper financial ledgers, some may be using computer programs that are obsolete, or clunky, or generations (in software terms) behind in innovation and ease of use. Time for a change? Capterra provides reviews of about two dozen of the most popular […]
While online giving options are increasing significantly in churches of all sizes, recent research questions whether congregants are utilizing e-giving options when offered, especially in smaller congregations. This short article offers a link to the full research report. (Photo: © James Steidl – Fotolia.com)
It’s the age old question: Do you own your things or do your things own you? People who have given away or given up they own actually find themselves feeling free from the baggage of possessions. It’s one teaching on living simply in this article from Crosswalk.com.
It was the work of a Renaissance theologian that helped modernize accounting. Say what? It was his exploration of biblical principles of ethics and stewardship that led Luca Pacioli to develop a system of double-entry bookkeeping. Interesting reading from Forbes magazine! (Photo (c) Monkey Business, via Fotolia)