My Beliefs

Corey —  January 6, 2010

       I assume anyone who spends more than a few seconds on Provident Planning will realize I am a Christian. But in case you didn’t know – I am a Christian.

       You may wonder exactly what I believe or what “flavor” of Christian I am. So I thought I’d write up this post about my beliefs and background so you’ll know where I’m coming from.

       As a child, I attended a Baptist church until I was around 13. During high school and college, I attended non-denominational churches. Now I am a member of a Mennonite church, specifically Mechanic Grove Mennonite Church in Quarryville, Pennsylvania. No, I don’t drive a horse and buggy. We’re what you would call “moderate” Mennonites. has a short article about who the Mennonites are, what they believe, and the various types if you’re interested. You can find more in-depth information at Third Way Cafe’s page on “Who Are the Mennonites?”.

       If you really want to know my beliefs in depth, you can check out the Mennonite Confession of Faith. (Note: My church does not emphasize the veiling of women or the holy kiss. Some members follow it and some do not.) However, I also agree with the simple statement of faith that can be found on’s website, and I would consider anyone who agrees with me on these issues to be a true follower of Christ. (Though I’m not as insistent as they are about the proper mode of baptism, and I don’t agree with their views on non-violence for Christians.)

       As always, if you have any questions or comments, you can contact me or leave a comment below.



Corey is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in religion. While he enjoys learning and writing about Christianity, another one of his new passions is writing about personal finances in order to help others make wise decisions with their money.

2 responses to My Beliefs

  1. Just wanted to let you know that I plan on reading all your site. Good stuff.

    I’m terrible with money. Well, not all terrible. I’m terrible at making it, but good with it once I have it. I’ve started reading thru Proverbs again trying to figure out what I’m doing wrong. Ever since I was a child, it seems like I make money to put it into a bag with holes in it. I’ve been told to tithe, but I used to tithe and give another 10% to missions…I ended up with a good feeling and an empty bank account. I am a Bible school graduate who has taught Sunday School for 20 years. Yet, I find that God has not blessed me financially. I barely keep my head above water.

    My sister on the other hand, who lived like the world until she repented a few years ago, is on her way to having a $million in the bank at the time of retirement.



  2. Thanks for your comment, Chris!

    I’m not sure if you’ve read my articles on tithing/giving yet, but I think they might be helpful. You can check out the “Giving” category on the left to see them all. There’s also the page (at the top) of Personal Finance Bible Verses, which might help you as you look to see what the Bible says about personal finance.

    Keep reading and learning, and ask God for wisdom. I’m sure He will bless you with the knowledge you need.

    I’m sure it can be difficult to compare your sister’s situation with yours and still have a joyful heart. But we can be glad she has repented without letting any envy get a foothold. This is also why I think it’s most important for us to measure our lives by spiritual riches instead of worldly riches. Our riches in Christ have nothing to do with our bank accounts – and they’re the only riches that matter. Praise God for His amazing Gift!