Careers & Entreprenuership

This week’s money and stewardship devotional from the four Gospels* is from Luke. In Luke 19:45-46. We see Jesus rebuking people selling in church, yet in Luke 19:12-27, Jesus tells a parable that seems to have blessed the combination of responsible investing, hard work and stewardship- all elements of business ownership. I think Jesus loves capitalistic, entrepreneurs; […]

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While I was watching the Tonight Show the other evening, Jay Leno had a guest on from Quirky.com, a new, really cool social invention Website to help bring ideas for inventions to fruition. They highlighted some great products that people recently invented. There are all sorts of ways to make additional money, and this one […]

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Are you a young person planning to go to college? Or maybe you are an adult and want to go in a totally different direction in your career. Or maybe you just want to stay in the same industry but specialize in a particular area of study. Whichever group you are in, you need to […]

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You are eligible get a tax deduction for some unreimbursed expenses from work, and for those that had expenses looking for work or relocating. While on the latter subject, first I wanted to provide some ideas for those looking for work. If you are unemployed or underemployed and are looking for work, there is help […]

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Is your age in the 50’s or 60’s, and you are looking for a new full-time or part-time job? Do you think you are unlikely to get hired because you are too old? Do you feel age discrimination is really big, and is a barrier when you go to an interview? Job applicants must learn […]

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Does the Christian church at large engage those who own businesses at all or enough? As I considered which presidential candidate would be the most pro-business, it got me thinking about how people and the church lean toward business. Let me say at the outset that I am not taking political sides in this article. […]

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This week’s money and stewardship devotional from the Four Gospels* is about Jesus ministering to people who are financially abusive. As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. 9 “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.  10 While Jesus was having dinner […]

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The banking industry has never been known as innovators or centers of creativity. That’s why an article in the Wall Street Journal caught my attention today: Ice-Cream Bank’s Rocky Road. I’ll get to the article in a moment, but my gripe with credit cards and gift cards is that although they provide a definite convenience, their […]

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In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel set in the 1850’s the Scarlet Letter, Hester Pyrnne struggled to regain dignity following an adulterous affair. In antiquity, lepers were scorned because people believed they were dirty and being punished by God. In 2012 60% of jobs filled are screened for bad credit ratings. Individuals you may know of […]

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The Indiana legislature is battling over putting the Right to Work referendum on the ballot. Right-to-work laws exist ins 22 states, which prohibit agreements between labor unions and employers that make membership, and union dues a condition of employment. What this means to worker’s personal finances in the short run is having to pay mandatory […]

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A few days ago I was talking to a friend who was out of work, and considering several great opportunities. This reminded me that there are really many ways to earn an income today, and many financial experts believe in the years to come more people will have several income streams at the same time. […]

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While watching Jeopardy last night, one of the contestants was a stay-at-home dad. My wife and I discussed how we know more people doing this today. Today I ran across an interesting article at Business Week: Behind Every Great Woman. Many women today earn more than men, and during this recession, reports show that women’s jobs […]

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What are your financial goals for 2012? Maybe you want to go on vacation, fund your emergency savings so that unplanned expenses don’t set you back, repay debt so that you don’t feel the burden of living paycheck-to-paycheck, put more money into retirement and college savings, help your family more, give more to charity. But you are wondering how you […]

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Interesting and funny but unscientific article about the amount of time consumed playing just one game, Angry Birds.  This article cites a recent report that around the world people spend 200 million minutes on Angry Birds every day. This adds up to 866,666,667 hours per year, and in America to it might compute to 43.3 million working hours, that […]

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I admire creative people who can think of an easier way to do something and create a business out it. Even though the economy is struggling, there is always opportunity to find a better way. Sometimes it is simply improving what already exists, such as a vacuum cleaner or fan. That is why I found […]

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Herman Melville is an amazing author. His knowledge of the Bible and just about every other topic is astounding, and I am enjoying reading his book. Ishmael – “Again, I always go to sea as a sailor, because they make a point of paying me for my trouble, whereas they never pay passengers a single penny […]

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