My three words for your 2017 fundraising success

In the week since I chose and announced to the world my three words for 2017, several times the trio has crept into conversations with the good folk with whom I work as a fundraising consultant. Not that I’m surprised. Curiosity, courage, and grace, all three, are key to success in raising money. Hear me […]

My three words for 2017

Back in 2012, I substituted three single-word aspirations for full-blown New Year’s resolutions. At the time, it sounded less a challenge to live into a few syllables than to follow through on complete sentences. Four years and 12 words later, I knew otherwise. In fact, I was so put off by what seemed an annual […]

Generosity in quotes: Ann Voskamp

“There’s always enough abundance and grace to welcome those in need, because it’s only be abundant grace that any of us are here — and if there’s abundant grace for us, by God, there’s abundant grace for all of us.” Ann Voskamp, author, mother, wife, and Jesus follower, from an article titled “Dear Aylan . […]

Generosity in quotes: Philip Yancey

“Henri Nouwen defines ‘community’ as the place where the person you least want to live with always lives. Often we surround ourselves with the people we most want to live with, which forms a club or a clique, not a community. Anyone can form a club; it takes grace, shared vision, and hard work to […]

Generosity in quotes: Sue Park Hur

There is so much to do, so much work undone, emails unreplied, thank-you notes unwritten, phone bills unpaid and flights unreserved, visits unconfirmed, dinners and sermons unprepared; I am overwhelmed and it’s only January.   Lord, when I get anxious about the big and the trivial, your spirit nudges me, gently reminding me to be at […]

Generosity in quotes: Neely Stansell-Simpson

“Destruction is easy and immediate. It’s the work of a moment — the pulling of a trigger, the detonating of a bomb, the striking of a match . . . It’s loud. It’s flashy. It’s sexy. It’s larger than life. It feels like power. But the work of Grace is much harder. It’s not immediate, […]

Generosity in quotes: Kurt Willems

“The season of Lent offers an opportunity to opt out of the American Dream in some subtle way just long enough to recognize that what we actually long for in the deepest crevasses of our inner-selves is not the pseudo-satisfaction of food, power, or manipulating God. We long for, deep in our bones, to know […]

Generosity in quotes

“God is working out his purposes in ways we cannot imagine, and grace shines in the least expected places. When it does, and we notice, we are blindsided by its glory. All we can do is to stand humbled and delighted in the midst of tears.” Melinda Heppe, Lutheran pastor and contributing editor to In […]