Stewardship should focus on God, even in a pandemic

9/22/2020

Over the past few weeks, I have found myself drawn to Isaiah 40:31 "…but they who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they...

A source of hope

9/18/2020

It’s fall. It’s time for stewardship. It’s unlike any other time any of us can remember. Most preachers are going to be asking how we preach stewardship in the midst of a pandemic AND in the midst of continuing calls...

Making Time and Marking Time

8/24/2020

When I started working for the Presbyterian Foundation in January of this year, it meant leaving the congregation I’d served for the last five years. Naturally, I expected some things to change. I knew it would take time to find...

Living Love: Lectionary Preview for September 2020

8/21/2020

The lectionary texts for the month of September lend themselves to preach a mini-series or individual sermons that reflect on the theme of love: love of God, love of self, and love of others. The title of the series could...

Theo-Drama: The “now what?” of faith: August 2020 lectionary preview

7/21/2020

Knowing is one thing. Evidencing the knowing through living is a whole other business. My wife and I are in the season of parenting when our sons are nearing college. This means tuition payments for us, the “world is your...

The stewardship of pointing

7/21/2020

I was born in Portland, Oregon, and grew up there as well. As a child raised in the Northwest, I loved the tall Douglas Fir trees, the deep green of the forests, and even the rain. (Yep, can you believe...

Ways to Support Your Church in the Time of Virtual Worship

7/16/2020

Our laptop computer is open, and our church’s Facebook page is in full screen mode, with the cursor positioned on the “Live Stream” button. The Sunday worship service at Central Presbyterian Church in Denver, Colorado will soon begin. When Pastor...

This month in stewardship: July 2020

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...

The effect of money on us matters to God

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...

Plant today to provide nourishment for tomorrow

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,...