How to avoid assimilation and follow Jesus – Characters: Daniel, Part 5

A retired couple in my congregation told me about the time they attended a high school reunion, and their classmates, now all retired, each took turns sharing what they were doing with their lives.  The sharing went all the way around the circle, and not a single person mentioned anything about serving the Lord.  PerhapsContinue reading “How to avoid assimilation and follow Jesus – Characters: Daniel, Part 5”

What the Bible teaches about how much you should give (or How to beat donor fatigue in a world that asks a lot)

Donor fatigue is real. Do you feel it?  Are you tired of all the people and organizations asking you to support them?  Last week I introduced the issue of donor fatigue by saying that in our culture, where money is tight for so many, it can be hard to be generous.  When all of theContinue reading “What the Bible teaches about how much you should give (or How to beat donor fatigue in a world that asks a lot)”

Do you feel you’re being asked to give too much, too often?

How many of you are living paycheck to paycheck? What do I mean by “paycheck to paycheck”?  What I mean is that you need that paycheck to keep coming in order to pay your bills.  If you don’t get that paycheck, you won’t be able to pay bills, buy groceries, etc.  Does that describe yourContinue reading “Do you feel you’re being asked to give too much, too often?”

Unraveling Jesus’ most confusing parable (the Shrewd Steward…and how it matters) – Luke 16:1-15

Would Jesus teach his disciples to do something evil?  Specifically, did he say “Use your money to buy friends?”  It seems so, as I mentioned last week.  Yet, we know Jesus, and it’s pretty clear that he wouldn’t teach his disciples to do something so wrong.  So it is surprising when we read this inContinue reading “Unraveling Jesus’ most confusing parable (the Shrewd Steward…and how it matters) – Luke 16:1-15”