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What’s a “wealfie?”

“Isn’t that rich?” Richard Kirshenbaum asks without really asking. He coined the term “wealfie” and then went on to define it as being “like a selfie, but richer and more irritating.” Read all about the latest and not so greatest in The New York Observer and then flip to The New York Times. The photo […]

From Chapter Eight, Who are you?: Give It Away, Now

Uh oh, it’s Anthony Kiedis’s birthday today and I forgot to get him a gift… There’s a song I’m crazy about by the Red Hot Chili Peppers that speaks to this idea of giving it all away. It’s called simply, “Give it away.” The lyrics go: “Give it away, give it away, give it away, […]

From Chapter Eight, Who are you?

In his New York Times’ best-selling book, “The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible” (Simon & Schuster, 2007), writer A.J. Jacobs records his sojourn with day-by-day diary-style entries. It doesn’t take him long (Day 14) to find this entry on tithing from Genesis 14 (JPS), […]

From Chapter Two, Poorer: Better, but still bad

Not to be outdone, Canada’s debt clock can be found at http://www.debtclock.ca/. The website reports: “Canada’s federal debt grew steadily between 5% and 10% per year until 1975 when it began to explode; growing for the next 12 years at more than 20% per year. It broke the $100 billion mark in 1981 and the […]

From Chapter Two, Poorer Ticking through the roof

Happy Independence Day, America. Too bad you’re so dependent on racking up higher and higher levels of debt. Both fascinating and frightening, go to http://www.usdebtclock.org/ and watch as the US Debt Clock ticks ever higher. I kinda wish the site had sound because even an auctioneer couldn’t keep pace with the speed at which the […]

From Chapter Six, (Dis)Connect Thriller performer. Killer debt.

Michael Jackson would have been 56 today. He died way too young. Worth as much as $1.3 Billion at the time of his death, (Source: http://www.tmz.com/2009/08/25/michael-jackson-cash-poor-net-worth-neverland-beatles-catelog-net-worth/) “Michael Jackson should have died a rich man” but his cash flow was reported to be in ‘the red zone’ totaling barely 0.05% of his net worth. “The agreement […]

From Chapter Eight, Who are you?: The world’s first fundraising letter

In honour of tomorrow’s AFP Fundraising Day in Toronto… The Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration (SOFII) website describes Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 16: 1-4) as possibly being “the first ever appeal for regular, committed donors. In the early days of the Christian church the missionary Paul asked his supporters in […]

From Chapter Three, Mind the gap: Ed Broadbent on income inequality

In honour (no, not really) of today’s 2013 tax return filing deadline… “It’s Time To Tackle Inequality” and the research was carried out by Environics. For a copy of the report go to http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/issue/income-inequality. (April, 2012) These stats can be found on page 3. To see the video on YouTube, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDWOm9eGVpU#t=13

LOONIE is out and people are running wild!

I was planning on being the first to tell you that LOONIE: Crazy Talk about Faith and Finances is out, but Bryan Webber beat me to it yesterday. Today he added, “Half way through it. Love it. Feels like I’m listening to you. I guess that happens when you know the author.” Thank you Bryan! […]

How great thou Art

I first wrote about Art Duerksen, a long-time member of The United Church on my other blog, www.CreatingtheGreaterGood.com way back on September 14, 2011 and my admiration for him has only increased since then. As I wrote in the book, LOONIE is dedicated to Art Duerksen. Art’s a missionary. Before that he was selling jewelry […]