The Stuff Trap

by Preslaysa Williams Materialism may be the church’s unspoken sin, ensnaring many American Christians. Research shows consumer spending will grow to $91.1 billion in 2011 from $79.7 billion in 2006. Family spending will grow to $117.6 billion from $100 billion in the same period. Many Christians are plagued by an endless cycle of consumption, but […]


Can a Christian Own a Super Yacht?

by Janeen Lewis Recently the Travel Channel aired a segment showcasing some of the most luxurious mega-toys in the world: super yachts. With multi-decks, swimming pools, cinemas, state-of-the-art technology, the finest décor and crews trained to pamper, these swanky ships boasted of a splendor far above common life. As the camera panned through the spacious […]


On Guard Against Greed

by Candy Arrington Rachel slipped into the cool interior of the designer clothing store. Everything about the place, even the smell, oozed the message: pampered, important, expensive. A sales associate welcomed Rachel by name, whispering information about specials only available to the best customers. First, Rachel moved to the sale racks, fingering soft cottons and […]

Kids and money

Home Bev and Phil Haas We didn’t make wise financial decisions early on as a couple and now that we have kids we don’t want them growing up and making the same mistakes. How should we begin to teach our kids about managing money? According to Charles Schwab & Company’s recent online survey, many parents […]

Dr. Tim Woodroof

Making an uplifting difference in a down economy

Christians and Culture by Dr. Tim Woodroof Christians don’t look at or react to life the way non-Christians do. At least, they shouldn’t. Let me offer a few examples from Scripture. We don’t view death like “the rest of mankind, who have no hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13). We don’t regard other people “from a worldly […]