Money Matters

Apologetics

The scandal of a generous God

 Maybe you know the parable of the rich young man, in Matthew 19:16-30, who asked Jesus what he needed to do to attain eternal life, and left crestfallen, having been told to sell everything he...

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What your spending habits say about you

When I got my first paycheque, I finally felt like a grown-up. No longer would I have to ask my parents for more allowance to buy clothes and watch movies. Holidays were no longer limited to church...

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It’s angpow time! What kind of giver are you?

恭喜发财,红包拿来! During the festive periods – Chinese New Year, Christmas – giving happens. A lot. We change hundreds of dollars to stuff into red packets, we take part in Secret...

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Ushering in the God of wealth

The day after Christmas, the strains of Joy to the World were immediately replaced with qi ge long tong qiang tong qiang in the shopping malls. And if like me, you went to the mall today, you...

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Is it wrong to want the good life?

Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will...

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Is it okay to want to be rich?

I used to be obsessed with money. It was something my family lacked, so wealth represented power, status and a worry-free life. My family suffered in the wake of the 1997 Asian financial crisis....

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Confessions of a pok kai student: How I learnt to stop fighting the tithe

Tithe, said my cell leader. My reaction: Why? I’m just a student – a poor one, to boot. To my mind, tithing only starts when I first draw an income. To give as a student was not only something I...