Crying for Omran

As a teen-ager, I glibly committed to letting my heart be broken by the things that break God’s. However, the older I get, the less my heart is able to deal with all this world holds. There are times when challenges within a ten-mile radius of my home are enough to overwhelm me, let alone […]

With abundance, it’s de ja vu all over again

Back in the early 2000s when Growing Givers’ Hearts: Treating Fundraising as Ministry hit the bookshelves, Thom Jeavons and I were chided for under-selling the all too real limitations faced by nonprofits large and small, secular and faith-based. But what a difference 15 plus years has made. These days, abundance thinking is touted as good […]

Whatever your “this” is today, give love a try

This month, the guide I use for daily scripture reading has me in the book of Exodus and this past week, in a lengthy section detailing the laws by which the ancient Israelites ordered their lives. It’s not been the most inspirational of reading, the eye-for-an-eye instructions especially. “I’m glad such times are behind us,” […]

Family according to the Bravermans . . . and maybe the church

For America’s tissue companies, the series finale of Parenthood was a bonanza as millions of fans, myself included, said a tearful good-bye to the Braverman clan. Over the past six years, Zeke, Camille, and their boisterous brood entertained, sometimes annoyed, and regularly endeared themselves to a viewing public hungry for glimpses of family life as […]

Generosity in borrowed words

To borrow a phrase from Queen Elizabeth,  2014 was an annus horribilis on my calendar of life, with one tough thing after another. If I were to paint a portrait of the past twelve months, gray would dominate the color palate. I know God was there with me, but the God light was faint most […]

It’s okay to label yourself as generous. Really, it is.

I’m fascinated at how people are comfortable applying all sorts of labels to themselves – extrovert or introvert, energetic or laid-back, punctual or habitually late – but balk at generous. I noted this hesitancy most recently at a gathering of Christian stewardship leaders – the very folk I expect to be comfortable with the moniker. […]

And all God’s people (should) say thank you

“I think that Christians generally are poor at expressing gratitude or celebrating.” So wrote a reader in response to a recent Generous Matters post about the healthful benefits (among many) of an attitude of gratitude. I wish I could argue with her sorry claim, but sadly, I have met my share of ingrates among the […]

Generosity in quotes: Karen Cox

Generous Giver, Thank you. Thank you for the earth that sustains me. Make me mindful of caring for it. Thank you for my life. Make me mindful of tending this body. Thank you for the talents given me. Make me generous with them. Thank you for your spirit within my soul. Open me to the […]

Pass the abundance please

Wall Street is on a tear and happy days are here again in many quarters, but not so much for the small to mid-size ministries with which I work. Times remain tough for a lot of nonprofits. If we measure abundance purely in dollars and cents, too many organizations are coming up short. The good […]

What a gift we have in friendship

This past weekend, my husband and I caught a few hours in Washington, D.C. with long-time friends from Chicago. When we stopped for dinner, the waiter at our table asked what had brought us to our nation’s capital. “Friendship,” one of us replied. A surprised look crossed the young man’s face. “That’s a first for […]