My 5 for Friday (March 5, 2021)


Should the government forgive student loans? How much should you save for your child's college education? And how do you decide which books to read?


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


  1. Should the Government Forgive Student Loans? by Mark Kelly. Principles from Scripture do not seem to support the forgiving of student loans. Mark Kelly argues Christianly for a “responsible plan for repayment” of debt. It is unfair, he says, to have others pay debts they did not acquire themselves. Kelly offers another intriguing option for the government to help relieve debt amassed in college.

  2. What’s the Deal With All Those Shady ‘We Buy Houses’ Signs? by Erica Sweeny. Surely you have seen them before, signs on the corner of the intersection with little information aside from the words “We Buy Houses” and a phone number. Erica Sweeny answers questions that come to mind: Who is behind these kinds of advertisements? Are they trustworthy, and how can you tell? Is this a viable option to sell a home? See her answers here.

  3. So Many Great Books by Darryl Dash. There are many great books in existence today, with more books coming out constantly. How does one begin to decide which books to read? Darryl Dash reflects on some ways that he prioritizes in his reading.

  4. 4 Easy Ways to Express Empathy in Your Next Conversation by Gwen Yi Wong. Showing empathy is a Christlike kindness to others. At times, it can be difficult to know how to empathize. We can also be too quick to problem solve at the expense of caring well, rightly believing the truth God’s Word can be a guide in any situation. Empathizing can be a struggle sometimes. Here are a few tips to help you show empathy in your conversations today.

  5. How Much Should I Save for My Child’s College Education by Budget Mom. Today’s needs demand much of our financial attention. But what financial preparation do we need to make for future opportunities for our children? There are a few different theories as to how saving for college should be done. Whether you choose the 2K Rule, the 1/3 Rule, the Rule of 10 Formula, or some other means, determine your priorities and start saving!