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Charitable Giving

Seven columnists have shared why they support financially They are pastors, professors, denominational leaders and a layperson. While each explained their support on different grounds, three themes kept surfacing – trust, reliability and resources. First is trust. “I believe and trust in the leadership and staff,” wrote Emmanuel McCall, pastor of the First Baptist […] Read More

My wife and I are blessed beyond measure to be able to give to worthy causes, especially during the Christmas season. We give our tithe and offerings throughout the year to our church, and that is our first priority in Christian financial stewardship. Beyond our church, we have chosen to support specific Christian endeavors. Some […] Read More

When Jesus needed to define for his disciples how to know who is a member of God’s reign, he said, “You will know them by their fruits.” Comparing people to trees, he asked, “Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles?” (Matthew 7:16). Ethics is what reveals our true commitments. We live by faith; […] Read More

Life is hard work. There are so many choices and questions. How are we to know how to live a good life? How can we understand our rights and our responsibilities? How are we to know what is right and wrong or what is good and bad? At its simplest, ethics is a system of […] Read More

I was starting my own coaching and consulting business several months ago when a friend gave me a little book by Bob Burg called “The Go-Giver” that introduced me to the “Law of Value.” The Law of Value states, “Your true worth is determined by how much you give in value than you take in […] Read More

I am not a sailor, and have no direct experience with it; but the features of sailing often occur to me as metaphors for life and the journey of faith. When I am asked why I support the Baptist Center for Ethics (BCE) /, a couple of these metaphors become quite important. Most of […] Read More

I came to the Home Mission Board staff of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in July 1968. In the previous month, at its annual meeting, the SBC passed a “Statement On The Crises in Our Nation.” SBC agencies were charged with implementing its recommendations. The Home Mission Board (HMB), Christian Life Commission (CLC), Woman’s Missionary […] Read More

If you think you are too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent a night with a mosquito. A well-known truth is that small things, insignificant things, can have a huge impact. Growing up in Nigeria, we slept under mosquito nets in the early years. Later, our houses had screens. But even screens didn’t […] Read More

One of the songs in the cantata our choir is singing this year is about Joseph promising Mary that there is an inn awaiting their arrival in Bethlehem. Of course, we know that when they arrived, there was no room for them. Perhaps if Joseph had used an app on his phone, he could have […] Read More

The holiday season is here once again, and with the festivities come multiple invitations to give to worthwhile missional causes. Determining which ones to give to can be painstaking and time consuming. Because of the multiple opportunities and solicitations that come our way, it is important that we are generous and smart in our giving. […] Read More