Dear Chuck, I'm closing out my year, thinking of goals for 2017. Do you think it's a biblical idea to make resolutions? And if so, do you have any advice on how to make resolutions that I can actually keep?
My mail and email are full of requests for end-of-year donations, and there are so many good causes. But it's hard to balance how to give at a time of year when I'm shopping for so many.
Dear Chuck, I've been trying to talk to my children about Christian values and ethics. In the Bible, Jesus always brings simple truth into complicated situations, and I am trying to teach my kids to do the same.
Dear Chuck, My spouse and I are on the opposite sides of Christmas. He's kind of an Ebenezer Scrooge, doesn't want to spend any money and thinks most decorating is a waste of time and resources, but I love the excitement of the season, and gift giving is a way I like to show my affection.
Dear Chuck, My father recently passed away in an accident and a whole life insurance policy he had is providing some financial relief to my mother, though unlike some other policies they had, it did not pay more for an accidental death.
Dear Chuck, I cannot believe that it's Thanksgiving week, and Christmas coming in weeks. Most of the time, I feel more stressed than thankful at this time of year (unless you count how thankful I feel when it's all over!) Have any advice about making Christmas more about Jesus' birthday and less about a shop-til-you-drop time of year?!
Dear Chuck, I'm in a company where it feels to me that people who are good at flattering the boss – but not necessarily are good at their jobs — get promoted, while more talented people get ignored or passed over.
Dear Chuck, My wife and I are struggling with the costs of our children's extracurricular activities, which seem to be getting more expensive all the time.
Dear Chuck, With just days to go until the election and so much fighting on all sides, I wonder if the Bible has anything to say to us about how to govern when this mess is over. Where do we go from here to create a fiscally sound government?
Dear Chuck: I've seen that you really encourage people to save $1,000 that they don't touch at all except for extreme emergencies, but seriously, I CAN'T DO IT! I need some advice on where to cut because I'm so close to the edge. Got any ideas?
Maybe if you have millions of dollars, divorce is not a big deal. Do you think that with lots of money, divorce can work out well?
Dear Chuck, I read a story recently in the Washington Post about a frugal librarian who drove an old car, carried his lunch, and spent next to nothing on himself, making it possible for him to save $4 million that he donated to the school he loved, the University of New Hampshire, upon his death. But now there is a bit of controversy about how the money is being spent.
Dear Chuck, Should I buy a car from Craigslist? There seems to be a lot of great deals from private sellers. And I would love to pay cash rather than have a car payment. But the process seems so daunting. Many of the posts look like scams, and most sellers say "cash only" but I don't want to carry that much cash. Is it worth the trouble?
Dear Chuck, My elderly parents are considering a reverse mortgage because they are struggling on a fixed income. Is that a good idea? Could it do more harm than good?
Dear Chuck, I'm trying to fit in to a new workplace, and I'm on the outside of a lot of the conversations and office gossip. I want to join in, but sometimes the talk gets so hurtful or goes a direction I just don't want to follow. Does the Bible have anything to say about how to talk to people in my office?
Dear Chuck, With great jobs so scarce, I get nervous going into an interview. I'm not sure how to prepare or what to say to stand out from the crowd. What do you recommend?
Dear Chuck, What are the rules when a bank repossesses your car? Do you still have to pay them what you owe and can they garnish your wages for payment? I have a friend who has just turned her life over to Christ and over the years she has made many, many bad decisions, and her financial situation is overwhelming.
Dear Chuck, It's back to school time for many families, but my children are finishing college and newly graduated, so I'm less concerned now that they have a diploma — and more worried about the debt they accumulated — the nasty student loan kind of debt.. Do you have any advice for my family and me?
Dear Chuck, What is your view of payday lending? It seems like Crown would have some insight on the perils of such loans and whether there are alternative ways to secure a "small-dollar loan" such as through church lending clubs, or some other means.
Dear Chuck, My husband and I own a home and are trying to decide if we should change our mortgage to get in better financial health. I read recently about "recasting" a mortgage, which sounds a lot like a fishing term! Is that something worth considering? We've been looking into refinancing. What is the difference?
Dear Chuck, I have a rather unique problem; I feel like I'm drowning in debt, but I'm told I'm not in deep enough to get help! I have a car payment with 14 months left.
Ask Chuck: Dallas Cowboys Running Back Alfred Morris Still Drives a $2 Car He Bought From His Pastor
Dear Chuck, I was intrigued by a story I saw recently about the Dallas Cowboy's running back, Alfred Morris, who signed a $3.5 million deal on top of more than $3 million he made playing for the Washington Redskins, and yet he still drives a 1991 Mazda 626 he bought from his pastor for $2 when he was a junior in college.
I´ve come across a situation that made me wonder what you and the Bible might think of Multi-level Marketing (MLM or network marketing). Several friends have approached me with opportunities, but so far I have declined. ... I really would appreciate any advice you can provide.
Dear Chuck, I was wondering if going through a Christian debt consolidation company would be a good way to go. I'm very overwhelmed and would appreciate any help.
Dear Chuck, I saw recently that the former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff headed to court to try and challenge the judicial order to pay his ex-wife $21K a month in alimony.