Should Christians Buy a Powerball Ticket?

The current Powerball estimate is over $1 billion and counting.  It’s no wonder a recent article in The Atlantic cited this staggering statistic: “According to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries, lotteries took in $70.1 billion in sales in the 2014 fiscal year. That’s more than Americans in all 50 states spent on sports tickets, books, video games, movie tickets, and recorded music sales.” The article concludes: “In an age […]

Two Cents on Tithing (Part 3)

Is tithing (i.e. giving 10% of one’s income) biblically mandated for the Christian?  Do texts like Malachi 3.10 prescribe the tithe as an ongoing requirement of God’s people in all places at all times?  Parts 1 and 2 suggest the larger context of Malachi does not enforce a Christian tithe but prepares us for a curse-reversing Savior. Before offering specific principles about Christian giving we should consider the purpose of […]