Singing abundance in the key of D major

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed, When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, name them one by one, See what God has done. — Johnson Oatman, Jr. Readers under the age of 50 likely aren’t familiar with the old gospel hymn “Count Your Blessings,” but it’s worth getting to […]

Generosity in quotes: Melissa Florer-Bixler

“The mysteries of the [communion] bread have taught me that we always have more than enough: enough for sparrows and children, for hospital beds and nursing homes, for postpartum mothers and sick teenagers. We have enough for the trees and for strangers, enough for roses and for one another. Here, the holy purpose the bread […]

When donor capability goes down, look up

According to Giving USA 2016, generosity is at an all-time high in America. Happy days are finally here for our nation’s nonprofit community, or so the report suggests. But dig deeper into the numbers and there’s another story to be told. An analysis by the research team over at the Institute for Policy Studies of […]

Generosity in quotes: Walter Brueggemann

“When the creation is recognized as a gift that keeps on giving so that loaves abound, we need not covet what is on the plate of our neighbor. We need not horde. We need not acquire a surplus because we may run out, because this is the God who gives far more abundantly than we […]

Beware “iceberg beliefs” that can sink your organization

“Ours has always been a hand-to-mouth existence,” the seminary president commented with a shrug and a sheepish smile. “I can’t imagine that thriving is in our future.” Neither can a lot of the other ministry heads and board members with whom I’ve worked. A wide swath of the nonprofit sector has been down so long […]

Generosity in quotes: David King

“While we each must shape our own theology of money, at the core is our response of gratitude to God’s generosity. At stake is who God is: God is generous, gracious, loving and merciful. A Christian’s life of faith is rooted in and shaped by grateful response to God’s generosity. How we understand and live […]

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 […]

Jitters, generosity, and year-end giving

America’s nonprofits are in full ask mode as the clock runs down on 2013, and everyone, it seems, is feeling a little shaky. Despite amazing news out of Wall Street, the folks on Main Street aren’t so confident. Unemployment remains high across the United States and credit card debt has taken an up-tick in recent […]

Finding mojo in a church basement

Way back in 2000, when Thom Jeavons and I first sang the praises of abundance thinking, the scarcity crowd accused us of being Pollyannas. Today, the positive high-road is all the rage, despite (or maybe because of) the tough financial times in which we find ourselves. Thom and I made our case for abundance based […]

Generosity in quotes

“Paul, in his letter to the Hebrews, encourages our pursuit of God’s abundance and justice. He notes five ways we can seek reconciliation and transformation: Draw near to God. Hold fast to hope. Provoke one another to love and good deeds. Meet together. Encourage one another. As we bow before the cross of Jesus of […]