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EE has been replaced by FPU.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.
by GenerousChurch | November 5, 2013
1. It can bring many griefs – “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy 6:10
2. It looks like a helpmate, but becomes a master - "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You ... read full post
by John Richardson | October 15, 2013
For anyone having a small identity crisis, let me help you out. You are NOT God. You didn’t create the heavens and the earth. You didn’t lead the Israelites out of Egypt. You didn’t make salvation possible.
by GenerousChurch | October 1, 2013
The U.S. population woke up this morning to a government shutdown. Since Republicans and Democrats cannot agree on the way our money is spent, and since they have trouble sustaining adult-style conversations, the government is grinding to a (semi) halt.
For some pastors and church leaders, this may not feel like a big deal. After all, we still get up and head to the office regardless of the disputes in ... read full post
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