Chuck Bentley

CP Guest Contributor

Ask Chuck: Biblical Lessons From Losing $4.5 Billion

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?

Ask Chuck: Does the Bible Say Fathers Should Be the Breadwinner?

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?

Ask Chuck: Should I Send My Kids to College?

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?

Ask Chuck: When Should Helicopter Parents Fly Away?

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?

Ask Chuck: Pop-Star Prince Problems to Avoid!

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?

Ask Chuck: Beware Craiglist Scams!

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.

Why Does God Hate Me?

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?

Ask Chuck: Is a Secret Bank Account Like Cheating With My Spouse?

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."

Ask Chuck: Money Lessons From Kanye West and Seattle Seahawk's Marshawn Lynch

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?

Should My Kids Work for Their Allowance?

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?

How Do I Survive the Next Snowmageddon?

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.