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The Solar Eclipse and the Glory of God

For at least a few minutes today, millions of people took their eyes off their immediate surroundings and focused them skyward (wearing special glasses, we hope) to see the solar eclipse. NASA offers a brief primer on why
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My Hollywood Adventure (aka A Skeleton in My Financial Closet)

One of the tricky things about investments is that you don’t always know how they’re going to turn out. Long, long ago (in the 1970s before I learned to apply biblical principles to managing my finances) in a place far,
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This is Your Brain on Generosity

“You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me. In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord
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SMI on the Radio – Keeping Financial Fear in Check

The truths of Scripture can protect us from unwise financial decisions, and also from the fear of loss that often drives such decisions. SMI’s Matt Bell talks about that on today’s Moneywise with hosts Rob West and Steve
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Common Questions About Donor-Advised Funds

The July issue of the Sound Mind Investing newsletter includes an article about the one of the fast-growing charitable-giving vehicles: Donor-advised funds (DAF). There are many benefits to DAFs, such as the ability to
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Letting Your Joy in God Overflow

SMI's purpose statement says, “We help individuals invest successfully and apply biblical principles to all aspects of their financial life so they will experience the joy of: providing well for their family (1 Timothy
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Fulfilling Your Purpose

Are you a “good” or “bad” investor? That can’t be answered without an understanding of an investor’s purpose. If you know the purpose of an investor is to manage money in such a way as to make it grow, but your investment
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Giving Generously While In Debt

When Karen and Scott got married, Karen had nearly $50,000 of non-mortgage debt. Scott, who was a Chicago firefighter at the time, jokingly referred to it as “a reverse dowry.” Several years before meeting Scott, Karen
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Donor-Advised Funds: A Great Tool For Tax-Efficient Giving

When crafting a plan to achieve your charitable-giving objectives, your accountant or attorney will likely consider several factors, such as flexibility, simplicity, and the ability to handle contributions of non-cash
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Passing the (Digital) Plate

Retail transactions increasingly are going cashless and even cardless, made possible by mobile payment apps such as Google Pay and Apple Wallet. Other "contactless payments" systems use different technology, but the idea
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