Generosity in quotes: JB Miller

“The best gifts are those given when we expect nothing in return — giving not driven by obligation but by love and generosity. The benefits we get from these gifts remind us that, as Scripture say, it is ‘more blessed to give than to receive’ — and, as others suggest, that it is possible to […]

Generosity in quotes: James Joyce

“While you have a thing it can be taken from you…but when you give it, you have given it. No robber can take it from you. It is yours then for ever when you have given it. It will be yours always. That is to give.”     James Joyce, Irish novelist and poet  

Generosity in quotes: Jason McNeal

“When we give less we become more disconnected from each other and we find less meaning in our human interactions.  Simply put, a community that gives less is not as healthy as a community that gives more. . .  When we give, we aren’t losing something of value, we are gaining something that truly is […]

Generosity in quotes: Amir Pasic

“Giving is fundamental to who and what we are as individuals and as communities, from our closest neighborhoods to the family of humanity. Giving is not only nice to do when we are done with the important business of the world. In fact, much of the important business of the world would be hard to […]

Generosity in quotes: C. S. Lewis

“I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusement, etc., is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we […]

Generosity in quotes: Kristen Bullock

“In the Christian tradition we talk about living ‘as is unto the Lord.’ Giving our best because it is giving to God. Regardless of what faith tradition we come from, there is value in continually giving our best. Being known as someone who will do what they say. I think this recognizes too that our […]

Generosity in quotes: Michael Gerson

“Parenthood offers many lessons in patience and sacrifice. But ultimately, it is a lesson in humility. The very best thing about your life is a short stage in someone else’s story. And it is enough.” Michael Gerson, newspaper columnist and Policy Fellow with the ONE Campaign, from “Saying goodbye to my child, the youngster” as […]

Generosity in quotes: Sarah Kehrberg

“Many books have been written and seminars developed around tithing. There are formulas and strategies. I suggest a simple plan. Write down your income for the month. Move the decimal one place to the left. Write a check. It’s as simple as that.” Sarah Kehrberg, editor of The Mennonite Handbook, from a column titled “Only […]

Generosity in quotes: Patrick Rooney

“Giving by individuals [in the U.S.] would roughly double if every household would reallocate $5 a day that it now spends on Starbucks drinks or other superfluous consumption.” Patrick Rooney, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, as quoted in Chronicle of Philanthropy when asked for […]

Speaking of money in church

The spring issue of Leadership Journal had me with the cover and then continued to reel me in with article after article on two of my favorite topics – money and ministry. I could have done without the tagline, “Funding your ministry without losing your soul.” But I understand the editors’ dilemma. It’s likely the […]