MoneyWise Live | January 9, 2019

Jesus’ Parables and Finances with Jerry Bowyer

Show Notes

Theologians can debate almost anything— like how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. But one thing most scholars agree on, in His parables, Jesus talked an awful lot about money.  What lessons should we take from Jesus’ teaching in the parables? On this MoneyWisw Live, we’ll get an economist’s point of view.  Rob West unpacks these toics with Jerry Bowyer:

  • We all know that Jesus told lots of financial parables, but we miss how very good He was at it. The only time the numbers seem unrealistic is in the parable of the ungrateful steward.  How do we apply this understanding to glean something different or new?
  • Some of Jesus’ teaching in the parables and elsewhere has been used to argue that He was “anti-business” but that might not be the case?
  • There are some parables that seem to talk about the dangers of greed. Are those teachings anti-business?
  • Today we get the spiritual implications of Jesus’ financial teaching in the parables, but how might His contemporary audience have viewed it?

Next, Rob and Steve answer these questions at 800-525-7000 or via email at

  • What should you do if expensive repairs to your condo are required but the association seems to have no money regardless of your continued diligence to pay your dues?
  • If you received an advertisement for 4.75% return on a $15,000 CD, should you believe it?
  • If you're in your 50s and you have about $750,000 in a 401(k) and are currently contributing 15%, should you consider redirecting some of those contributions over to a Roth?
  • If you're about 6 years away from retiring and have received a lump sum payout for separation from your recent employer, how should you invest the payout?
  • If you're going to buy a house soon and have a good amount of money set aside for that, how should you invest this money until you buy?

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