Generosity in quotes: Anne Lamott

“My personal belief is that God looks through Her Rolodex when She has a certain kind of desperate person in Her care, and assigns that person to some screwed up soul like you or me, and makes it hard for us to ignore that person’s suffering, so we show up even when it is extremely […]

An unexpected sermon on Service Sunday

Yesterday (Sunday, April 21), the congregation of which I am part stepped out of the sanctuary and into worship via acts of service. I’ll admit, I wasn’t wild about the idea, but as a member of the church board I went along to get along. God had more in mind for me, as God usually […]

Generosity in quotes: Meg Biallas

“If we are to be truly engaged in our church, our community, with our neighbors we must (a) be willing to commit the time to it, and (b) be okay with the long and boring parts. And, John Wesley warns, we must avoid burnout: Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you […]

Generosity in quotes

“If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never […]

A problem with short-term mission trips

“MDS ends historic 7-year recovery effort in New Orleans.” The headline grabbed my attention as I pulled the latest issue of Mennonite World Review from my mailbox. Skimming the story that followed, I wondered how many readers would be surprised that Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) was just now wrapping up its work along the U.S. Gulf […]

Generosity in quotes

“Perhaps of all the virtues hope is the most fragile, the most fleeting, the least concrete. Don’t forget that the Greek gods, at the very bottom of Pandora’s box of ills and troubles, placed hope. Hope it is that allows us to cope with the rest of life. Nonprofit organizations more than any other groups […]