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Transformative Giving, Part 3: Is Your Generosity Connected?

The practice of open-hearted, unafraid generosity is not simple. It’s fairly easy to accept the idea that we should be generous with our resources (which, in any calculation, belong to God), and it might even come easily to decide to be generous. But the practice, the choosing how and where to give, is where we—certainly continue reading »

Finding Justice in Proverbs

I am in the middle of preparing a sermon on Proverbs.  To prepare I took 31 to read through the book. I was supposed to speak on speaking.  Easy enough.  Proverbs has a lot to say about what we say. It is good sound wisdom too.  That is how I think of Proverbs – full continue reading »

Inoculations Against Compassion?

Compassion, the dictionary tells us, is a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.  This, frankly, does not sound pleasant.  It sounds almost like a sickness, a disease. No wonder we avoid it.  At least I think we do. It continue reading »

Transformative Giving Part 1: Cultivating Intentionality

In an interesting trend in our consumer-wins-all society, a movement toward minimalism is starting to take hold. People are questioning the rationale of endless purchasing and looking to get out from under the suffocating pressure of stuff. Blogs and articles on pursuing contentment through means other than acquiring more and better things are drawing millions continue reading »

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Ethical Consumption

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14 Recently I had an opportunity to talk to a group of kids about the idea of ethical consumption. Of course I didn’t call it ethical consumption because that would continue reading »

The Gratitude-Generosity Loop

“What if life itself was meant to be one long alleluia moment?” –Sister Joan Chittister Apparently, gratitude is powerful. So powerful, in fact, that researchers say keeping a gratitude journal for two weeks can positively affect your outlook for months. Choosing to be grateful can alleviate anxiety and depression, or improve physical health. Gratitude can continue reading »