From the Basement

I’m in the basement of SMU’s Bridwell library studying for future sermon series and working on my DMin project thesis. There are no windows here, and it’s incredibly quiet. So, you have access to a wonderful collection of books, have no cell-phone reception, and sometimes feel smothered. However, it is a refreshing change from the norm.

Here are some reflections on the subject of Christians and money.

Preacher Selwyn Hughes lamented “I have watched hundreds of Christians in my time become financially blessed
then develop an acquisitive streak that in turn makes their souls as metallic as
the coins they seek.”

I also love Abraham Kuyper’s famous quote: "“In the total expanse of human life there is not a single square inch of which
the Christ, who alone is sovereign, does not declare, ‘That is mine!’”

While James said that if a man does not sin in what he says, he is perfect–it could be said in the 21st America…if a man does not sin in his wallet, he is perfect. For those of us looking for a resolution or a continued practice–let’s honor God with our stuff. It’s his anyways, and honoring the Father will bless our lives more than anything money has to offer.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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