The things you have prepared, whose will they be?

6/17/2022

For the season following Pentecost, the Revised Common Lectionary offers two different tracks of readings from the Hebrew Scriptures. The first track (the semicontinuous readings) provides an opportunity to sample from a selection of significant themes and memorable stories from...

Plan, Prepare now for Stewardship Season

6/15/2022

It is rafting season in Colorado. As the mountain snow begins to melt, the streams that provide our arid state with water quickly transform from little babbling brooks into muddy raging rivers. A few days ago I took a new...

A Time For Stewardship

5/19/2022

1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2   a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3   a time to...

Stewardship of time and energy: June lectionary preview

5/17/2022

What is stewardship? Rev. Dr. Ted Wardlaw was known to tell new members of his congregation (as a part of a much broader charge that is both beautiful and powerful): “Stewardship always means more than money, but it never means...

Planning for the future helps you live better today

4/18/2022

Early in my time as a Ministry Relations Officer with the Presbyterian Foundation, I had the pleasure of being invited to meet with a stewardship committee at a local church. They were thinking about starting a planned giving program. As...

May Lectionary Preview

4/13/2022

As May comes around, most preaching pastors are probably just glad to have made it through Easter. Maybe this year, the crowds were back and the Easter egg hunt was on, but likely some of the stress and caution of...

Stewarding the Light

3/18/2022

It was raining the first time my wife and I celebrated Easter together. We were visiting friends a few hours away for an Orthodox Easter Vigil—Amanda is Antiochian Orthodox and our friends are Greek. We got to the church a...

A Reminder for all of us on Easter

3/16/2022

I must admit I can forget things quickly, especially on Sunday mornings. My mind is moving a mile a minute and once I get focused on the preaching hour, anything you may have asked me to share with the congregation...

Transactional to transformational giving

2/11/2022

A new parishioner, who was in a new member class on Zoom, asked the pastor, “Why does it seem that the church is always asking for money? That seems like all I hear, money, money, money.” The thoughtful pastor answered...

Faithful Stewardship Begins With Faithful Hospitality

2/9/2022

The Fourth Sunday in Lent Luke 15:1-3,11b-32 To say there is a heaviness in the air these days is a bit of an understatement. Every one of us knows it. Preachers should only name it, not describe it. That is...