Why I Will Never Invest in Government Bonds

Government Bonds

A classic strategy in the investing space is to split your capital between stocks and bonds. When you want to take more risk for greater rewards, you move more into stocks. When you want to pull back and take less risk then you move more into bonds. The idea is that bonds are a stable, predictable source of small returns. A safe haven in volatile markets. Sounds simple enough.

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Who Chose the Books of the Bible?

Lots of people wonder about why the Bible has particular books in it and not others. You’re not alone! It’s a complicated question, because the Bible took several thousand years to put together. Maybe you have some of these questions?

  • How early or late was the list of books in the Bible decided?
  • Who decided on the list? Was some church council involved?
  • What historical sources do we have to tell us how this was all decided?
  • Can we trust that the list we have today is the correct list?
  • Were any other books considered for inclusion in the Bible? Why were they left out?
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Taxation is Slavery

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About the Book

I wrote this book over about two years from 2018-2020. The book is based on research I did for my capstone project in my Master of Divinity degree. I set out to write an 8,000-word essay on Abraham Kuyper’s theology of taxes (Kuyper was the Prime Minister of the Netherlands and also a Reformed theologian). I thought Kuyper would give me a biblical foundation for deciding what the “fair” level of taxes would be.

But the research took me in a very different direction. After months of reading, study and reflection, I decided that the only logical, biblical conclusion was that the tax rate should be 0%. All taxes are wrong.

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Why I don’t like taking attendance at church

Many of you will have used apps like Jethro and Elvanto to manage your church or ministry group. As a software engineer, I’m naturally all-in on using technology to make your workflow more efficient. I will be the first to admit that many features of these apps are quite useful (e.g. I love being able to quickly check online to see what rosters I’m on this week). However, there’s one aspect of these apps that I actively refuse to participate in: tracking attendance.

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Irenaeus and the Apostles’ Creed

Many readers will know the Apostles' Creed, either from reciting it in more traditional church services, or perhaps from singing the recent song “This I Believe” from Hillsong. If you check wikipedia, you’ll read that this creed dates back (at the earliest) to the late-300s AD.

I’m now reading Irenaeus' book “Against Heresies”. It has a statement of faith in it that is remarkably close to the Apostles' Creed (even in the order of doctrines stated).

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