A Labor Day message to Christians returning home from Tampa (and the rest of us as well)

You didn’t build it. You may have had a hand in building whatever it was you were chanting about there in the Tampa Convention Center. But none us, no not one, does anything of significance completely on our own. To quote a familiar adage, it takes a village. We’ve all benefited from the hard work, […]

Generosity in quotes

“Paul thinks everything we have is the result of God’s grace, that the material and the spiritual are tied together, and that our responsibility is to see that God’s grace is such that our duty is to pass the grace — we get in order to give. God rescues us and we respond materially, and […]

Generosity in quotes

“Gratitude is not just appreciation for good effort — it is a theological discipline. When Paul wrote, ‘Rejoice always . . . give thanks in all things’ (I Thessalonians 5: 16-18), he was speaking to us. When Julian of Norwich wrote, ‘All manner of things shall be well,’ she was speaking to us. It is […]

Generosity in quotes

“A wag once observed, ‘The trouble with living sacrifices is that they keep trying to crawl off the alter.’ Whether or not Paul intended to coin a new oxymoron (like jumbo shrimp), this phrase is jarring. After all, in the biblical worldview, sacrifice always entails death — a giving up of life. . . Yet […]