Sinking the Steward Ship

Funny thing.  Writing about stewardship all this week resulted in a 30% drop-off in my readership.  I’ve gotten a handful of emails this week expressing sentiments like “I expect better from you,” and “you’re as bad as my local church,” and “why are you marching out this tired old song,” […]

Giving Giving a Good Name

Believe it or not, there are churches that have virtually no financial concerns — and they are not all big, growing, or led by Pastor Popular.  Instead, they are healthy.  And how did they get healthy?  Intentionally, slowly and deliberately.  And one of the key areas they focused on was […]

Fit To Be Tithed

An interesting thing happened in the church during the twentieth century in the United States.  Christian giving shifted from caring for the poor, saving lives and spreading the gospel to funding the church budget.  Centuries old spiritual teachings morphed into platitudes for raising money and getting people to put more in […]

The Joy of Giving

Year’s ago, I attended worship in a small New England church in the fall of the year during the annual “stewardship” campaign.  The pastor was a quiet, gentle man who obviously cared for his congregation, which is a good thing because he was a poor preacher.  He read his sermon […]

Say It — A Rant

I am not known for keeping my mouth shut.  I often say things in public settings that get me in trouble (see Minding Our Own Business).  But, you know what?  I don’t think letting people know we are Christian should be such a big, hairy deal.  I said something in […]

United Methodist Liburies

Loving books, God and the church impels me to look at local church libraries whenever I visit a new place.  Were we to view church libraries as a “witness” to a church’s learning and beliefs, we would generally be misled.  Church libraries are odd little repositories for an eclectic and […]