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10%: Where Faith and Finance Intersect

About six months ago, I sat down with a German professor from Kalamazoo College and a computer science professor from a sister liberal arts collegein Ohio. They met with me to provide support for a contemplated submission for a GLCA New Directions Inititiative Grant.

Prior to our meeting, I had prepared an annotation of my research agenda, which had five or six substantive entries with strong foundations in my finance and education background. At the last moment, at the bottom of page two, I hastily included “Biblical Finance: an investigation into Biblical stewardship with an emphasis on financial accountability”. Needless to say, this was a very weak entry with little previous formal academic work.

Upon meeting, the first words out of my colleagues mouths were, “This is it!” as they pointed to the cursory entry that seemed to fall off the bottom of the otherwise meaningful research agenda.

I sat looking like a deer staring into a car’s headlights…you have to be kidding me…two liberal arts professors find my intrigue with what the scriptures say about stewardship and finance to meritsupport froma secular grant?

I was off and running. For several months, I further framed my goals, thinking, and research initiatives with regard to Biblical teachings regarding economics and finance. In March 2011, I submitted my grant to the Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA). On May 27, 2011, GLCA awarded the grant at the full request.
The purpose of this blog (n.b., “10% ” tab on TimMoffit.com) is to engage you in my journey — please prod, probe, and pick on me.

Stay tuned. There is much more to follow.

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