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Help teens be competent with checking account

Published: May 22, 2017   

Dear Dave, My daughter is 15, and she’s had jobs around the house and been on commission and the envelope system for years. She’s very good about saving and not spending on silly things. We recently opened a checking account for her, and... More 

Marketing critical for Catholic schools’ viability

By Vernell Bowen, Published: May 2, 2017   

Having just returned from the annual National Catholic Educators Association conference, my belief in the important role of advisory boards and the importance of marketing has been reaffirmed. Over the past four years in my orientation sessions to... More 

Should I get free tuition or go to Christian college?

Published: April 25, 2017   

Dear Dave, I am 18 years old and homeschooled. I want to continue my education this fall, and my dad works at a college near our home. I would get free tuition, but there’s another college farther from home that I like just as much — but... More 

Not enough to live the faith; must defend it, too

By Olivia Parker, Published: April 21, 2017   

Ancient people believed that their gods needed human support in the form of sacrifices — animal or even human — in order to live. God, however makes abundantly clear in the Bible that he is not like that. He does not need our sacrifices. He... More 

We struggle to keep our Christian identity

By Apolo Castillo Jr., Published: March 23, 2017   

As a child, the challenge in life was to sit still. Not the easiest for a bouncy and impatient boy. Often, I would be told to stop moving, sit quietly and think about God. One time, I asked my mom, “Is there anything God can’t do?” She... More 

Pay your children commissions, not allowances

Published: March 14, 2017   

Dear Dave, Our son just turned 8 years old. Is it time to start giving him an allowance? Dan Dear Dan, There’s never a time for an allowance, no matter the child’s age. In my mind, that kind of thinking is the best way to plant the seeds... More 

Jesus ‘kills’ our stony hearts, replaces with love

By Peyton Wilson, Published: February 24, 2017   

It was my fourth day in Puebla, Mexico, and the bus I was on shook with the impact of the pot-hole ridden ground so violently I was convinced we would never make it back to our missions center without popping a few tires along the way. The dust that had... More 

Attack the ‘girlfriend debt’ first, then save for house

Published: February 13, 2017   

Dear Dave, I’m 29, and I have no debt. I’ve gotten a good start on my savings and retirement, too. My girlfriend and I plan to get married in the next couple of years, and she has about $90,000 in debt. I’m not paying on her debt yet,... More 

How to choose the best school for your child

By Vernell Bowen, Published: January 25, 2017   

This is the time of year when many parents begin to think about choosing a school for their child, whether it is their child’s initial entry into formal education in kindergarten or making a change in the child’s... More 

Being clear with your roommate is not unkind

Published: January 23, 2017   

Dear Dave, My friend and I are roommates, and we’ve always had an agreement that we split each of the bills 50-50. We both work and have decent jobs, but for the last couple of months she’s been really late in paying her half of the bills.... More