June 2010

4 Factors to Consider Before Doing a Roth IRA Conversion


So we are about halfway through 2010!  Hard to believe isn’t it? Although some of the buzz has seemingly died down about the year of the Roth IRA Conversion, there is still some controversy regarding whether folks should convert their Traditional IRAs to a Roth. For those of you wondering what exactly is a Roth IRA,  Well, here are the […]

What Should You Do With Your 401k Plan When You Leave Your Job?


“Mr. Jones, we appreciate your work for us, but unfortunately there’s just not enough room in our budget for you. Here’s a packet of information regarding your retirement account.  Please look this over and have a decision made about your 401k plan by the 31st.” Ever hear these words? Maybe your company didn’t sound as nice, […]

How to Live Missionally With Your Money

Personal Finance

Last week I talked about What It Means to Live Missionally With Your Money. In that post we defined Missional Living as viewing our whole life through the lens of God’s mission of redemption, restoration and reconciliation. We seek God’s mission at work, during play, in our neighborhoods, at the campus, in meetings, and with our families. […]

3 Tips for Starting a Small Business

Personal Finance

Small Business Start Up Advice Starting a small business is no simple task. A great number of people have been in the same situation as you, frustrated with their job, ready to take orders from only themselves, and filled with the ‘perfect’ idea for starting a small business. However, without knowledge of how to actually […]

Why Making More Money Is Not the Answer to Your Financial Problems

Personal Finance

Are you in debt? Things a little tight right now? Have your savings dwindled? You just need to make more money, right!? Get Below the Surface If you could just make a little more money, everything would be OK. That may be true on the surface. You might need a few hundred bucks extra per month to […]

What Does It Mean to Live Missionally With Your Money

Personal Finance

One of the reasons I wanted to do this post is because I’ve been challenged by this type of thinking lately – that is, about viewing our money and how we handle it as part of a larger mission. Viewing my work, my blog, my activities all through one common lens – missions. So, I […]

Small Business Taxes and 2 Other Concerns for the Self Employed

Personal Finance

This was a post I originally did on ChristianPF.com. I’ve adapted it some for my site, but you can check out the original here. It seems there are more and more people becoming self employed these days – or at the very least, many folks are starting a side business, turning a hobby into some extra income or doing […]

Are You Properly Dealing With These 5 Risks to Your Retirement Savings?

Personal Finance

Risk is defined as the probability of loss or injury. It generally weighs the downside potential of a particular investment or opportunity. In regards to your retirement savings, there are several risks to consider. Let’s take a look at five risks that could jeopardize your retirement savings: Investment Risk Most folks have their retirement savings […]

Christian Finance – A Blueprint For Getting Your Financial House in Order

Personal Finance

This was an original post I did over at ChristianPF – you can check it out in its entirety there. My wife and I recently built a new home and moved in a few months ago.  It feels good to be done with the process! There are some good financial lessons to be learned from building […]

Should You Pay Off Mortgage Early – Or Invest?

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Ever ask yourself this question? What’s better – to pay off the mortgage early or to save and invest more money? My guess is that we’ve all asked this question at some point or another. Maybe you’re thinking about refinancing your mortgage and looking at how you could pay off your mortgage early. Paying off […]