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God’s Kingdom and the American Dream

Illustration by J Fowler

If I’m honest with myself, I struggle with the desire to pursue the American Dream. I want a house of my own, two cars and a good stock portfolio. I want to be able to provide what my kids want so that they can live a comfortable life. I want a job that pays well enough that we can save money each month and have enough to give away. I don’t want to live paycheck to paycheck. I want to be successful.

What is wrong with desiring success and wealth? Read the rest of this entry


Hidden Costs of Home Ownership

From jscreationzs (

It is hard to swim against the current of the American Dream. Ads are telling us that now is the best time to buy a home. Hillary and I have chosen to rent a home and we are not missing home ownership. The other night Hillary said that she would not be disappointed if we never owned a home again.  I would agree based on our current experiences with renting.

Upon arriving at our rental our water heater broke and because we were renting, we didn’t have to pay for a new one.  Recently our washer started making really loud noises and we didn’t have to pay to have that replaced.  Our landlord is very gracious and has made renting a great experience.  Yesterday I read this article from USA Today which went through 20 hidden costs of home ownership. When the culture says bigger is better, renting a smaller home is worth considering in our opinion.