Framing congregational finances without fear

by Nancy Crowe
7/8/2020

Financial challenges, even routine stewardship campaigns, daunt seminarians and seasoned pastors alike. David King, Karen Lake Buttrey Director of the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, offers better ways to frame the often-thorny issues of money. He discussed a few with the...

To What Will (We) Compare This Generation?

by Lee Hinson-Hasty
7/2/2020

What do you think of when you read the opening line of this week's Gospel lesson from Matthew 11:16 as Jesus asks the crowd, "To what will I compare this generation?" It reminds me of what must be a perennial parental saying that goes something like, "Today is tomorrow's memory,...

This month in stewardship: July 2020

by Robyn Davis Sekula
6/23/2020

This is usually the time of year I'd be writing about preparing materials for a fall stewardship campaign. But this is an entirely different situation. What do you do when normal doesn't exist any longer? How do you plan with such an uncertain future? I consulted with two of our...

The effect of money on us matters to God

by Sherry Hester Kenney
6/22/2020

A key theological concept taught in Presbyterian seminaries is that we go to scripture to learn what is important to God, rather than to discover what God thinks about what is important to us. Even a casual reader of the Bible will conclude God has a lot to say about...

Plant today to provide nourishment for tomorrow

by Rev. Amantha Barbee
6/22/2020

Isaiah 55:10-13 10 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so shall my word be that goes out from my...

Presbyterian Home for Children paves path of hope

by Nancy Crowe
6/22/2020

It’s a common sight from the window of Doug Marshall’s office at the Presbyterian Home for Children in Talladega, Alabama. A care worker accompanies a new girl from the administration building to the cottage that will be her new home. She is overwhelmed, perhaps crying. The care worker, who has...

Christian educator Lib Caldwell discusses how to handle tough questions from children

by Mike Ferguson
6/22/2020

In Gail Godwin’s book “The Finishing School,” which features an older woman and a 14-year-old girl, the woman tells the girl she can tell by looking whether a person has congealed. That person will have no more surprises, the woman tells her young friend, and to avoid the trap she...

Crossing the water to unfamiliar shores

by Maggie Harmon
6/18/2020

“The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates In the first five months of 2020, life in our neighborhoods, our cities, states, and across the world things have changed thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. We aren’t...

Marilyn Cleeff joins Presbyterian Foundation as SVP, CFO

by Robyn Davis Sekula
6/17/2020

Marilyn Cleeff joined the Presbyterian Foundation as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in June 2020. Ms. Cleeff was attracted to working for the Foundation because of its mission and ministry. She has long had a heart for service, and felt that this position used all of her skills...

Celebrating Darrell Guder, a pioneer in missional theology

by Sally Scherer
6/11/2020

From an early age, the Rev. Dr. Darrell Guder knew he was going into ministry. In fact, in grammar school he envisioned himself in the mission field in the South Pacific. “It was very romantic,” he joked recently. “I had the island all picked out.” His childhood dream was never...