Randy Alcorn's Blog: stewardship

Is Spending Money on Entertainment and Leisure OK with God?

By Randy Alcorn | August 17, 2016
Scripture says that God provides us with material things “for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 6:17, NLT). When I speak on the subject of money and giving, I try to always emphasize that phrase from Scripture and express how thankful I am for it, because it allows me to enjoy God’s creation without guilt. 

Managers of Creation

By Randy Alcorn | February 29, 2016
God’s intention for humans was that we would occupy the whole Earth and reign over it, to God’s glory. This reigning, expanding, culture-enriching purpose of God for mankind on Earth was never revoked or abandoned. 

11 Questions to Ask Ourselves About Debt

By Randy Alcorn | January 27, 2016
Debt spends money we don’t have. So isn’t our decision to go into debt proof that we believe we need more than God has given us?

Nine Consequences of Debt

By Randy Alcorn | December 9, 2015
The question isn’t, “Why not go into debt?” but why? Unless the answer is extraordinarily convincing, we shouldn’t do it. 

Should I Leave An Inheritance To My Children?

By Randy Alcorn | August 3, 2015
For those desiring to be wise stewards of the money and possessions God has entrusted to them, a serious question might be, “What about our children? Aren’t we supposed to leave them all our money?”

For the Follower of Jesus, Is Generosity Optional or Mandatory?

By Randy Alcorn | May 29, 2015
Generosity is optional in the sense that God gives us the freedom to choose, to do as we wish. It’s mandatory in that Jesus commands it and expects it of us. But I think it’s best to have a paradigm shift, to think of it as pure privilege with incredible rewards, both now and later. 

Should We Have and Use Credit Cards?

By Randy Alcorn | February 18, 2015
The ancient book of Proverbs applies directly to our use of credit cards: “A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences” (Proverbs 22:3).

Should We Leave Our Children Inheritances?

By Randy Alcorn | January 12, 2015
Scripture says that “A good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children” (Proverbs 13:22). As a result, many Christians defend and justify leaving vast sums of wealth to their children and grandchildren. I think in order to understand the principle behind this verse, we need to compare what an inheritance meant in biblical times, versus what an inheritance means in this culture today.