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Generosity

A 10-year-old boy from Liberia received life-changing surgery in the U.S. thanks to connections formed through a charitable foundation established to build houses, churches and schools. […] Read More

No one likes to be conned. It’s enough to make you angry when it happens to you. However, gifts, once given, are no longer ours to worry over. Gifts given in love retain the love, even if the recipient attempts to discard it. […] Read More

Every Thanksgiving, we determine to be more thankful and more generous in the days ahead, but it’s challenging to do when life’s hardships assail us. So what’s the secret to maintaining a thankful heart beyond the holiday? […] Read More

Nearly nine out of 10 U.S. Christians said being generous was ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ important, with nearly a third of them saying volunteering or serving others was the way they expressed their generosity, a survey found. […] Read More

The two most generous nations are Indonesia and Australia, says a survey of adults, who were asked how often they donated money, volunteered their time or helped a stranger. […] Read More

First Lady Barbara Bush’s funeral was an inspiring and, for a brief moment, refreshing display of a kinder, gentler time in U.S. politics. David Priess posted an amazing photo on his Twitter feed of each of the presidents in attendance and their wives. He made this comment, “Each president in this photo did things I […] Read More

A challenging and potentially transformative command to enact an economic Sabbath is found in Deuteronomy 15:1-11. Every seven years, Hebrew creditors were to release the remaining debt of the loans given during the previous six years. Debt was the ultimate source of poverty then as it is now, so this was a year when poverty […] Read More

A number of years ago, I attended a funeral. The man to whom we were saying goodbye had enjoyed a full and rich life. He’d reached the age of 90 and was respected for having been both successful and honest. But he’d always been a strong man, a natural leader, a man who took charge […] Read More

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the role of the church in the public square, particularly with respect to the Johnson Amendment. This legislation prohibits churches (as 501(c)(3) organizations) from publicly endorsing or specifically campaigning against candidates for public office. A recent executive order instructed the IRS to overlook the Johnson Amendment when […] Read More

A recent assignment to lead a church discussion on “Creating a Culture of Generosity” led to some reflection on a familiar topic that yielded (for me, at least) a new way of thinking about it. When children are small, we prompt them to engage in deeds of generosity by sharing and experiencing the awareness of […] Read More