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October 3, 2011

"Oh, if I could only win the lottery!" Wishful thinking is not a bad thing, but it is a poor substitute for determination and creativity. Results come not because of what we wish, but because of what we do with what we have. This is evident in the Jesus’ parable of the talents as related in...

October 3, 2011

One of my favorite things about our monthly Youth Sundays is watching some of the congregation’s children bring the gifts to the altar. Some of them carry the cruet of wine with fierce concentration. Others grin with impish delight as they pass offering plates through the congregation. All of...

October 3, 2011

I don’t know whether it is because I was born and raised in the Church of England, C of E we would always proudly answer when asked our religion as if it were a badge of honor, or whether it was that classic Anglican schoolboy upbringing, but belief, faith in God, Jesus his Son, crucified and...

October 3, 2011

 

Donate Now!  We are accustomed to seeing “click here” buttons on Face Book pages, websites, and even on TV commercials that encourage donation via texts.  Offering an electronic donation webpage is worth exploring, especially given that many people today conduct most of their financial...

September 26, 2011

It's that time again. Get ready for the fund-raising season at your local congregation. Oh, you may hear it called a "stewardship" campaign. In reality most churches are trying to raise money to cover next year's budget.

Very few congregations, in my experience, practice true stewardship...

June 29, 2011

 

In the rush and pressure of our busy lives, most of us have completely forgotten what enough of anything feels like.

How do we know we have done enough work, made enough money, achieved enough success, done enough for others, built enough security, have enough options, enough...

June 29, 2011

A generation ago, it was hoped that advances in technology would help humans work more efficiently. The cartoon TV show The Jetsons portrayed that world of the future where a push of the right button could handle any task from preparing meals to cleaning the house. Now we find ourselves living...

June 29, 2011

Summer is a time to tell stories—whether it is around a campfire or gathered on the  front porch.  How does your congregation tell its sacred story?  Read on and learn how.

I often tell congregations that no budgets are allowed in the development of an annual giving campaign—at least in...

June 1, 2011

Deciding where to give these days is getting tricky.

I’ve been part of a wonderful Episcopal congregation in New York City for over 15 years. Week in and week out I’ve seen the incarnate love of God expressed in and through the members of this church. Whether in healing prayer, prophetic...

April 5, 2011

Jesus used the power of stories, often in the form of parables, to point to a new reality of the abundance of God’s grace. His stories point to God’s long-term project of blessing so that we can be a blessing to others.

Whether it is your annual giving campaign or year round stewardship...

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