In this episode of the Generosity Podcast, Todd McMichen is joined by Michael Blue, the Executive Director and General Counsel for the Ron Blue Institute. During their conversation they discuss financial hope for a stressful steward.
“We need financial literacy, but what we need behind it is an understanding of why we do this and God’s Word speaks to that.”
“Prioritizing family and time with God above everything else is key, and it will minister to your congregation and your family.”
“In law you are always moving to the next deal, but God’s pace is often slower and that keeps us dependent on Him and waiting.”
“A caution for pastors is that when you look at the marketplace and the professionalism and pace that it holds, people end up exhausted and burnt out, so I don’t know if it is the best thing to mimic.”
“If God gives me every breath that I have, then I am turning everything I have — my money, my time, my talents — back to His glory.”
“My giving decisions are just as spiritual as my spending decisions and my saving decisions, because each of them have a tendency to point toward what I believe about God and how I want to relate to God.”
“The pie has simplified all of our uses of money into five broad categories – live, give, owe debt, owe taxes, grow.”
“The future of stewardship and generosity in churches are people that are actually doing what they say they believe.”
Michael Blue serves as the Executive Director and General Counsel for the Ron Blue Institute for Financial Planning. Prior to his role with the Ron Blue Institute, Michael worked as a financial planner and as an attorney. Michael also holds a Master’s degree in theological studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary which comes in handy while serving on the teaching team at his local church. Michael lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and three boys.