5 for Friday (November 5, 2021)


Should every Christian tithe 10%? Should parents give their children an allowance? And what do job-seekers need to know for 2022?


These questions and more are answered in this week's 5 for Friday.


1. Ten Percent Won’t Work for Everyone by Craig L. Blomberg. Giving 10% of one’s income to the local church has been seen as the mark of faithfulness in a Christian. But 10% isn’t anywhere commanded of Christians in Scripture. Instead, the New Testament teaches believers to be generous with their surplus according to their financial situation. Tithing is not a “one-size-fits-all” ordeal.

2. Should I Give My Child and Allowance by Budget Mom. Most parents don’t give their children an allowance. There are good reasons for giving an allowance, as well as some cautions. While your child can begin to learn the value of money, allowance for chores might breed entitlement. Ultimately, the child will need close parental guidance as they learn to manage money.

3. 5 Things Job Seekers Need to Know for 2022 by Maryalene LaPonsie. The job market has changed drastically over the last two years. Job seekers need to know, however, that the situation is not the same everywhere. While some states have high unemployment, others are well off. Job seekers need to know skills trump titles, remote jobs (and interviews) are here to stay, and their resumes should be customized.

4. 5 Reasons I Hate the Prosperity Gospel by Costi Hinn. Hate is a strong word, only meant to be used toward things that are acceptable to God. Costi Hinn believes the “Prosperity Gospel” is something deserving of righteous anger, because it is not good news, it twists Scripture, it insults Christ, exploits the poor, and attracts many helpless people.

5. Martin and Katie Luther: The ‘Blessed Alliance’ Behind the Reformation by Kristin Brown. Have you heard of Katie Luther? The wife of Martin Luther had a work ethic and personality worth knowing. Together, the Luther’s exemplified a “Blessed Alliance” where they leaned on each other’s strengths, were patient with each other’s weaknesses, and used their union to advance God’s kingdom.