Biblical Economics 29: Gain! Save! Give! All You Can!

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Biblical Economics 28: The Deceitfulness of Financial Advisors

Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety. –Proverbs 11:14 (KJV)


1. Gary Moore’s The Thoughtful Christian’s Guide to Investing

2. Larry Burkett’s Investing for the Future

3. Robert Netzly’s Biblically Responsible Investing

4. John Templeton’s The Templeton Plan

5. Chris Hogan’s Everyday Millionaires (with audio)

6. Don Underwood’s Grow Rich Slowly

7. Benjamin Graham’s The Intelligent Investor (read with audio), esp. chs 7, 14, 15

8. — and David Dodd’s Security Analysis (with audio)

9. Michele Cagan’s Investing 101

10. Peter Lynch’s One Up on Wall Street (with audio)

11. David Wiedemer’s The Aftershock Investor (with audio)

12. Deacon Hayes’ You Can Retire Early! (with audio)

13. Grant Sabatier’s Financial Freedom (with audio)

14. Charles Schwab’s How to Be Your Own Stockbroker

15. Amy Domini’s Ethical Investing

16. Toni Turner’s A Beginner’s Guide to Short-Term Trading

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Biblical Economics 27: Hedonism: The Cause of Liberalism and Antinomianism

See “The Christian Reaction,” ch 4, in Howard Jones’ The Epicurean Tradition.

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Biblical Economics 26: Tenbaggers, Fivebaggers, and Reinvesting Dividends

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Biblical Economics 25: Mainline Liberalism and Easy Believism

The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, and that there are neither angels nor spirits, but the Pharisees believe all these things. –Acts 23:8

“You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things?” –John 3:10

If you’re a seeker and are struggling with honest skepticism about apparent Bible contradictions, then buy Norman Geisler’s When Critics Ask: A Popular Handbook on Bible Difficulties (Baker, 1992), and the bibliography in the back: “Select Books on Bible Difficulties.” Other good ones would be Gleason Archer’s New International Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties (Zondervan, 1982) and John Haley’s Alleged Errors of the Bible (Whitaker, 1874, 1992). One of the things that atheists say is that these books rely on the “copyist error” explanation, for a lot of the difficulties in the Bible, and that this is an act of “subterfuge,” or deceit in order to achieve one’s goal. But I think it’s unfair to assume that Bible-believers are just being deceitful to defend the Bible. If this is the sort of position one is going to take, then first, it must mean the atheist was abused by a Bible-believer and has simply made the decision that all Bible-believers are abusive and thus deceitful; and two, that Bible-believers are incapable of giving intellectual replies to the abundance of alleged Bible contradictions raised by unbelievers. So, the atheist has already made his mind up, that all Bible-believers are deceitful and incompetent, and on these grounds alone, are not qualified to receive a hearing when trying to address any of the Bible difficulties that people bring up.

I personally believe that Ken Ham’s view of “young earth creationism” is what the Bible plainly says about creation and origins. If you’re honestly seeking answers about this, then buy Four Views on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design edited by Stanley Gundry. There’s also tons of free, intellectually rigorous creationist material available on

Books against mainline liberalism would be J. Gresham Machen’s Christianity and Liberalism and Roger Olson’s Against Liberal Theology.

Books against easy believism would be John MacArthur’s The Gospel According to Jesus, my book The Gospel of Jesus Christ, Mark Jones’ Antinomianism, John Fletcher’s Checks to Antinomianism, abridged by Peter Wiseman (Beacon Hill Press, 1948), and Four Views on Law and Gospel edited by Stanley Gundry (everything but the dispensationalist view is worth a look).

Books that encourage Christian paranormalism would be Augustin Poulain’s The Graces of Interior Prayer, Arthur Devine’s Manual of Mystical Theology, Joan Carroll Cruz’s Mysteries Marvels Miracles, Thomas Boys’ The Suppressed Evidence, Daniel Jennings’ The Supernatural Occurrences of John Wesley, and my ebook How to Experience God.

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Biblical Economics: A Video Log (Videos 1-24)

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Biblical Economics 24: How to Snowball Money with a High Dividend Stock

The hand of the diligent* maketh rich. –Proverbs 10:4 (KJV)

* Passive participle of H2782; properly incised or (active) incisive; hence (as noun masculine or feminine) a trench (as dug), gold (as mined), a threshing sledge (having sharp teeth); (figuratively) determination; also eager: – decision, diligent, (fine) gold, pointed things, sharp, threshing instrument, wall.

CORRECTION: Once you get to the point where you can invest $30,000 a year in BHP or RIO as a high dividend stock, then you will need to call Charles Schwab and ask them to help you set up an SEP IRA, because the annual deposit limit for a Roth IRA is currently capped at $6,000 a year. An SEP IRA would also require you to be self-employed, but establishing a home-based business is really the best way to have enough paychecks to invest. I’d say three paychecks for a married couple (see Proverbs 31). See the Secrets of Successful Self-Employment by Paul and Sarah Edwards.

CORRECTION: I’m going with Petrobras (PBR) as my dividend stock of choice, but I’m willing to accept the risk, when I look over all the factors, and my current financial situation. Each person needs to look at their own financial situation, and how old they are, when they are shopping for dividend stocks. But usually, I would still say that BHP Group (BHP), Rio Tinto (RIO), and Gerdau (GGB) are great dividend stocks as well. As a general rule, I’d say that any “blue chip” stock should either be on the S&P 500, the Fortune 500, or the Fortune Global 500. I’d also follow Solomon’s example and try to mainly invest in the mining and petroleum industries (Eccl. 11:1-2; 2 Chron. 8:18; Josephus, Ant. 8.5).

UPDATE (11/24): If you hold Petrobras (PBR) for 10 years, then it’s a “fivebagger,” which means that the dividends will yield a return five times the amount deposited! (Luke 19:18). PBR passes muster as a BRI investment on However, if you hold Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) for 10 years, then it’s what Peter Lynch called a “tenbagger” in his book One Up on Wall Street (p. 15). Jesus said this is the best possible kind of investment you could have! (Luke 19:16). It hasn’t currently received an Inspire Insight Score, but I’ve requested that they give it their BRI grade. If they never get around to it, then I would advise investing mainly in ZIM as the income-producing father of all your savings and investments; and using Google to read articles about ESG and BRI issues regarding their company. An investment opportunity like that is too lucrative to ignore! The only difference between Lynch’s definition of a tenbagger and Jesus’ tenfold return in Luke 19:16, is the time length. Lynch is looking at a ten year time frame and Jesus is probably looking at a one month time frame. The only investment that would produce a tenfold return (1,000% ROI) in a month, in either the first century or our time, would be a careful “venture capital” investment in a new company like Mark Cuban does on Shark Tank.

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Biblical Economics 23: Biblical Homeownership

The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender. –Proverbs 22:7

Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the Lord Almighty has spoken. –Micah 4:4

Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest. Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan and their feet touched the water’s edge, the water from upstream stopped flowingIt piled up in a heap a great distance away, at a town called Adam in the vicinity of Zarethan, while the water flowing down to the Sea of the Arabah (that is, the Dead Sea) was completely cut off. So the people crossed over opposite Jericho. The priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stopped in the middle of the Jordan and stood on dry ground, while all Israel passed by until the whole nation had completed the crossing on dry ground. –Joshua 3:15-17 – mortgaging is never encouraged as the way to build a house

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Callers Take On Creationist – Drs. Michael Brown and Jonathan Sarfati

How Old Is The Earth?

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Biblical Economics 22: Capital Preservation During Recessions

Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return. Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land. –Ecclesiastes 11:1-2

A personal safe for cash and gold bullion: in addition to a safety deposit box at the bank:

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