Cautionary tales remind us to handle the details of legacy giving

1/21/2022

Though it is still quite chilly outside as we navigate through winter months, before you know it, it will be spring. The first Sunday in May, marked as Legacy Giving Sunday, will be here quickly. I want to encourage you...

Clarity of vision for the future – February 2022 Lectionary Preview

1/13/2022

Oh, the year when King Uzziah died. On February 6, we hear the passage from Isaiah reporting Uzziah's death followed by God's query about who will go for his people. Isaiah's response is glorious in its clarity. "Here I am,"...

New Year, Renewed Stewardship

12/13/2021

Happy New Year! Did you make a New Year’s Resolution this year? Maybe your resolution is to lose weight (the #1 resolution each year) or to save more money or to spend more time with the ones you love. We...

Centering our churches on the world outside our walls

12/9/2021

This year we desperately need a season of Epiphany. Often highlighting the visit of the magi and marked with the packing up of Christmas decorations until next year, a continual gaze on the Light of the World would do us...

Familiar Promises for Unfamiliar Times – December 2021 Lectionary Preview

11/17/2021

In a few weeks, our family will welcome back home our eldest son after the first semester in college. Being 2000 miles away from home, our son, as with any college student, has said he looks forward to seeing his...

First things first

11/15/2021

When I was very little every year just before December, I would be given an Advent calendar (usually with chocolates), and every day before school I would open a small door and enjoy that bit of sweetness, knowing that there...

Living into the mess of Christmas

11/10/2021

Oh, Christmas is messy. Whoa, is it messy! The simple description of Luke doesn’t begin to cut it: “While they were there in Bethlehem, the time came for Mary to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her first-born...

Gratitude, even when we’re weary

10/15/2021

Here just a few weeks before Thanksgiving most of us find ourselves in the middle of Stewardship season. While most of these campaigns aren’t exactly what we pictured a few months ago, I imagine that the theme of gratitude is...

Lectionary Preview for November: Being people of abundance!

10/11/2021

For churches that do a traditional stewardship campaign, the month November could fall at the beginning, middle, or end of that campaign. Wherever it falls for your church, this is a great month to focus on the theme of abundance....

Models for ministry in the gospels

9/17/2021

For many congregations, the fall of 2021 continues to be a time of uncertainty and stress.  Across the country, pastors, leaders, and members are working through the challenges of re-opening and returning to something like a traditional rhythm of life...