Generosity in quotes

“In following Jesus, we begin by letting go of all those things that place a prior hold on our affections. Relationships, possessions, privilege and position and ease give way to God’s call. Dietrich Bonhoeffer once famously wrote, ‘Christ never calls a man, but he bids him come and die.’ And so we struggle in our […]

Generosity in quotes

“One image and symbol in particular brings together the dynamics of mission and stewardship in a fundamental way—the Eucharist table. It’s no wonder that the early Christians gathered daily around table for fellowship and the breaking of bread. It’s around the table that our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs are met. It’s to the Eucharistic […]

Generosity in quotes

“Perhaps this weekend you can find time to cook a meal not because you have to get food on the table but because you want to prepare something, make something, that gives delight. Or perhaps you can pull some weeds or plant some seeds in the garden. Or maybe you can do some finger painting […]

Ten reasons why people become generous stewards

Although I don’t often consult with congregations about their stewardship programs, I keep a close eye on trend lines related to local church giving. It’s my experience that as goes giving by Christians to their home churches, so goes their giving to other Kingdom causes. If churches within the support bases of the organizations with […]

Generosity in quotes

Luke 1: 46-52 “Mary sings. She sings Hannah’s song (1 Samuel 2:1-10), making it hers and making it ours. God has looked favorably on Mary and on us. The world of ‘might makes right’ and ‘look out for your own’ is turned upside down. The humble hungry eat and the ruthless rich are put to […]

Generosity in quotes

“The good news of God brings hope to those who find themselves in the peripheries of our world, but it also belongs there. As ‘a call from the ways untrod,’ God’s good news of grace announces God’s presence on the fringe, God’s love that goes beyond the boundaries of where we thought God was supposed […]

Generosity in quotes

“The Spirit moves us, as a community, to invite all people into our circle of abundance, trusting that through our sharing God will provide for the needs of all. As Americans, this call to share is even more fervent, because we are very rich with material wealth and resources. God’s abundance, and our understanding of […]

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 […]

Reaching Millennials through stewardship evangelism

Here’s a tip for pastors and other congregational leaders eager to attract young adults to the Christian faith. Challenge them with straight talk about money. Sounds crazy, I know, and especially to Boomers who’ve spent a life-time tuning out the teachings of Jesus on the topic. But a new generation of stewardship evangelists are finding […]