by John Richardson | April 16, 2014
What is the greatest act of generosity in the history of the world?
There are a lot of potential answers that come to mind. And to be fair, a few other articles have already taken a stab this subject. For example, after the horrific 2012 movie theater shooting in Colorado, the Huffington Post ran an article called, “21 Acts of Kindness that will Make You Believe in the Human Race.” A separate ... read full post
by GenerousChurch | March 26, 2014
Do you remember Gehazi? He’s one Bible character that doesn’t get a lot of Sunday School time. But, you probably remember the role that he plays in Scripture. Gehazi was Elisha’s servant. He was blind. The only problem was…he didn’t realize he was blind.
In 2 Kings 6, the king of Aram became enraged at Elisha because, through the direction of God, he ... read full post
by GenerousChurch | March 11, 2014
Almost every time we engage a broader group of leaders from the church around the topic of generosity, we get this question: “What is the tipping point of generosity where you move from being a good steward of God’s resources to being unwise?” Another way of asking this question is, “As I try to follow the ways of God, which is more important…stewardship or ... read full post
by GenerousChurch | February 18, 2014
EE has been replaced by FPU.
The church specialty classes that are most widely attended are now focused on money.
That’s interesting isn’t it? It wasn’t too long ago that the money conversation was taboo in church circles. People did not discuss personal finances outside of their homes. But, over the last 30 years, all of that has changed. The tide has turned and now more people ... read full post | 3 comments
by John Richardson | February 7, 2014
When I was a kid, I played team sports…basketball, football, church league softball (no comments from the peanut gallery), soccer and more. And inevitably – regardless of the sport – I would be on the worst team in the league. I’m not sure what that says about my athletic skills or my leadership ability. But, apparently, neither was strong enough to pull my teams from the trenches. ... read full post
by John Richardson | January 16, 2014
Have you ever heard…(or said)
I work so hard, but still can’t make ends meet.
If the economy would turn around, I might have a chance.
You don’t understand what it is like to struggle. It’s the story of my life!
If I ever have any extra, I’ll be the first to give back and live generously.
You nailed it…that’s the poverty mindset. And ... read full post
by GenerousChurch | December 10, 2013
During the season of Christmas parites, dirty Santa and white elephant gifts, we thought you might appreciate this white elephant story.
In ancient days, when the king of Siam had an enemy he wanted to torment and destroy, he would send that enemy a very unique gift: a white elephant...a live, albino elephant. These animals were considered sacred in the culture of that day, so the recipient of the elephant ... read full post
by GenerousChurch | December 3, 2013
In the philanthropy world and on non-profit blogs across the web, there is a ton of chatter right now about #GivingTuesday. There are endless suggestions on how to engage, where to give and what this day is about. #GivingTuesday is the buzz word of the moment and if I were a betting man, I would guess that it will top the Twitter Trends chart all day.
There is one question about #GivingTuesday that needs ... read full post
by anonymous | November 26, 2013
It’s Friday. Black Friday. Actually, it’s 10:00pm on Thanksgiving Thursday…but along with the rest of big business, we’ll call it close enough. It’s black outside, so it’s time to engage in the art of the hunt.
The stores have been prepping you for this moment all month. You’ve carefully ... read full post
by GenerousChurch | November 12, 2013
Don’t you love rationalizations? We all use them. When we’re looking for an excuse to do the things that we want to do, we’ll find one. Pastor Fred Luter once said, “If opportunity knocks, temptation leans on the doorbell.” In other words, temptation has a way of hanging around until we figure out how to feel okay about giving in.
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