While I don't know just what went wrong, I do know that the Bible has clear instructions when it comes time to make a change and to transform a life (or a career).
Dear Chuck, With the Fourth of July coming up, I've been thinking that the Founding Fathers would roll over in their graves if they knew the kind of debt America is in.
I have been fascinated by the news stories about the embattled founder of the medical testing company Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, who lost $4.5 billion – BILLION – and it is really hard to understand how someone can go from the top of Forbes richest people list to the bottom. Is there Biblical advice on how to avoid that kind of rise and fall?
Dear Chuck, As we celebrate Father's Day this weekend, it seems to me that today's dads are under pressure of all kinds as well as having to endure being the butt of the joke too much of time. Father may not always know best, but Hollywood makes dads appear weak, stupid and clueless. What kind of leadership does God require of husbands and fathers?
Dear Chuck, For so many of us looking for work, the first step always seems to be to get a resume together. Do you have any tips for me on what makes a good resume and on any advice from the Bible for putting my best foot forward?
Dear Chuck, My husband and I are more concerned everyday about how we are going to help our children get through college without burying themselves in debt.
Dear Chuck, With kids in college, I'm very worried about whether they can get a job after graduation and about the debt they're going to need to manage because my wife and I can't afford to pay for their educations free and clear. But it's hard to get a good job without a college education. Do you have advice for us on making the most of a college degree?
Dear Chuck, My spouse and I find that talking about our finances is so stressful, we would rather just avoid the topic altogether.
As my kids are getting older and preparing for college, I worry in particular that they are not ready to handle money, which can be very complicated, and I'd like to be involved in their financial decisions. How do I parent my kids about handling money without getting in the way of important life lessons?
When the pop artist known as Prince died so unexpectedly recently, I was shocked and saddened by the loss, but also surprised when I saw this headline: Prince Leaves $300M, No Direct Heirs And The Ultimate Succession Nightmare. I don't haven nearly as much as he did, but I'm not sure my affairs are in order either. What needs to be done to have a plan in place?
Dear Chuck, I'm a little afraid of selling things on the internet. This month a man was sentenced to life in prison for helping his stepsister beat to death a man she met on Craigslist that she intended to rob.
With all the talk about socialism in this election cycle, I keep wondering if there is a way to better deal with greed than our country's capitalistic system. Do you think that greed can be controlled through economic policy? Does socialism do a better job than capitalism in controlling greed?
Procrastinators Unite! This weekend, my husband and I will be crashing on our tax returns, due Monday, April 18th, and we're hoping to receive a return. What do you suggest we do with the money?
I'm getting nervous as the April 18th tax day approaches. Sometimes it feels like a test I'm going to flunk, and I don't want to be audited. Do you have any good advice on taxes and does the Bible have anything to say about this?
What is your take on "investing" in money market funds? Is this not a different way of gambling which is forbidden by the Bible?
I read your column about socialism and the Bible. Perhaps I don't quite understand articles like these as I should, but is capitalism a form of government or an economic system?
My younger sister is in a mess with her student loans. I am trying to help her figure it out. Does Crown have any materials, resources, third party consultants, or any ideas that you can recommend?
I read an article recently that noted, "For people under 30, socialism isn't a scary word," but shouldn't it be? What does the Bible have to say about socialism?
I pray about finances, I work extra to get my financial situation to what it should be, I get to a certain level of finance, then GOD kicks me back to start. Why does God hate me so much that this is his pattern?
You talked about how financial secrets were not good for a marriage, and I was wondering whether you think it is ever acceptable to set money aside that your spouse does not know about, or does that make someone financially unfaithful? I saw you quoted in an interesting article in Fortune Magazine about a survey on "financial infidelity", and they said this, "One in twenty people in the U.S. admit to having started secret bank accounts or credit cards without their partner's knowledge."
Dear Chuck, This week the always vocal Kanye West has been tweeting that he is $53 million in "personal debt," and asking billionaires involved in charities to support him because he is "the greatest artist of all time," meanwhile I've been intrigued by the example of Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch who has reportedly not spent any of his $50 million salary, living quietly instead on his endorsement income. Do you see some financial advice for the rest of us in the headlines?
Dear Chuck, So many financial experts offer differing opinions about whether parents should give their children an allowance and whether that allowance should be for chores or just something received without being tied to work. What do you recommend in terms of giving a child an allowance and whether work should be part of that?
One of the reasons so many of us struggle with spending is that it feeds something in our hearts, a need that we try to fill with things.
Storms like the one that shut down the federal government for days are a great reminder that being prepared for disaster means getting ready for everything, from the next "Snowmageddon" to being ready to face the loss of your job.
So far this year, the stock market seems very volatile. My husband and I have some stocks and certainly in most retirement accounts including ours, stocks play a role.