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 »


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 »

A closer look at trafficking in the United States

For many the word, ‘trafficking’, is still undefined. Often we may think of someone who lives in another country or speaks another language but the truth is trafficking and exploitation of women and girls happens here in the United States, and has been for longer than we might think. In 1968 a white, America girl was trafficked inmid-west continue reading »

Is Your Giving Transformative?

For me, the central question of economic discipleship is: how can I ensure that my whole life is telling a single story, and that that story is the Gospel? How can the way I use my money become a prophetic witness to the world? –Michael Zahniser, BFJN Board Member How do you decide where to continue reading »

To resolve or not to resolve . . .

There seems to be two camps on New Year’s resolutions. One, – yes let’s make them. Camp twois a no. Camp one says we should make resolutions to change, grow, be different. Lose weight, read books, mend fences etc. But the nay sayers, if social media is any indicator, seem to be a growing group continue reading »