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One message is appearing more and more as I peruse the Internet for daily news and perspective pieces: “A subscription is required to view this content.” The Wall Street Journal allows you to read the first paragraph of its articles without a subscription. Monthly rates range from $28.99 to $32.99. The New York Times restricts […] Read More

What do donors want from Results. Donors want to know that their gifts make a difference. They want to see a return on their gift. They want to know that we are good stewards of what they have entrusted to us. They want results. Here are 10 tangible results that one gets for a […] Read More

Six, high-end catalogues arrived at our home on a single day. A few more arrived over the next few days. More are expected. On the men’s side, one catalogue had a cashmere sweater for $300, a suede jacket for $1,065, a corduroy shirt for $175 and boxers for $48. Another men’s catalogue had a holiday […] Read More

A man left a dime, a nickel and three pennies in an offering envelope at First United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. He wrote these words on the envelope: “Please don’t be mad, I don’t have much. I’m homeless. God bless.” I’ve been convicted recently, as I’ve heard several members from the congregation I […] Read More

My wife and I share the posts we find each day on our respective Facebook account newsfeeds. One of my wife’s friends shared this quotation recently: “With the start of 2015, the year 2030 is just as close as 2000.” While it’s a fairly straightforward observation, nonetheless, I began thinking about the difference that 15 […] Read More

Yahoo music analyst Paul Green’s Oct. 20 report noted that no platinum albums (1 million copies sold) had been released in 2014. The reason? “Today’s fans are perfectly content to stream their favorite music – and increasingly reluctant to buy it,” Green said. Online music services like Pandora and Spotify, which pay royalties to musicians, […] Read More

Eighteen percent of charitable giving happens in December, more than double the next highest month, according to one report on charitable giving. Another philanthropic organization estimates that 22 percent of online gifts occur in the final two days of the year. Recognizing these cultural giving dynamics and the ongoing decline in denominational support for faith-based […] Read More

The Season of Generosity

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost Luke 14:25-33 September 8, 2013 Jeremiah 18:1-11; Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18; Philemon 1-21 Welcome to the hard sayings of Jesus where Jesus pushes hard against convenient faith and demands more than any of us are willing to give! What […] Read More

At PORTA – the Albania House in Athens – we’re all about giving. We give of ourselves, and we give nearly everything we do for free. There are many reasons for this. For one, as what Greeks call a “spiritual” center, we are not allowed to charge for our services. For another, our primary clients […] Read More

While walking around in a market in Cieneguilla, Peru, I noticed small bags of pecans hanging up for sale.  There, amid many kinds of fruit I couldn’t identify, was a fruit I can walk out of my office and pick up in our church’s parking lot. We have about a dozen pecan trees on the […] Read More