Surprising and Sustaining Stewardship Practices: October Lectionary preview

9/23/2022

The Revised Common Lectionary readings in the month of October provide a great opportunity to reflect on gratitude and generosity which could facilitate a stewardship campaign.  As I was preparing this lectionary preview, I stumbled onto the lectionary reading for...

Making faithful decisions about money

9/23/2022

Money can be a tough topic. In the church, even a brief  discussion of money yields all kinds of different perspectives. In the last two years, I have confirmed my initial conviction: above all, the Presbyterian Foundation is oriented toward...

We belong to God, and so does our stuff

8/22/2022

A dear friend passed away in July. He was just 55 years old. Just writing that pricks my eyes with tears. I could tell you that my heart sings when I think of Kevin meeting Jesus, and that I am...

A Cause for Celebration

8/19/2022

Psalm 139:1-6,13-18 As a culture we have no shortage of things to celebrate. We love to celebrate in these United States, and nothing has had an ability to damper our appetite for such activity. We celebrate everything: marriage, divorce, the...

Asking Faith Questions

7/22/2022

There is a shirt I have seen many Black and brown folks wearing that says “I am my ancestors’ wildest dream.” Possibly based off this powerful Teen Vogue article (https://www.teenvogue.com/story/i-am-my-ancestors-wildest-dreams), the saying represents the idea of folks who have been...

Stewardship of Time and Talents

7/22/2022

This summer, I have spent time at the Presbyterian Association of Musicians Worship and Music Conference in Montreat and supported the General Assembly meeting both in-person and virtually. My kids attended church camp at Living River in Alabama and they...

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...