Gary Hoag: Die to self – Jan Johnson

“To die to self is to set aside what we want in this moment and to focus instead on loving God with everything we’ve got and valuing others as highly as we value ourselves (Matt. 22:37-39). This moves us away from self-centeredness and closer to becoming open-hearted followers of Christ who care deeply for others. It’s much easier to pay …

Gary Hoag: The bottom line for the church – John Richardson

“I’ve discovered that it is always inconvenient to love my neighbors. I’ve learned that every person God brings into my life has unsurpassable worth, and that they are worth Jesus dying for. It is irrelevant whether or not they help increase attendance or help us meet our monthly giving. They are my neighbors, and I am called to love them. …

Gary Hoag: The generosity of the Christian movement – Michael Frost

“The Christian movement must be the living, breathing promise to society that it is possible to live out the values of Christ–that is, to be a radical, troubling alternative to the power imbalances in the empire. In a world of greed and consumerism, the church ought to be a community of generosity and selflessness. In a host empire that is …

Gary Hoag: The Liturgy of Abundance, the Myth of Scarcity – Walter Brueggemann

“The profane is the opposite of the sacramental. ‘Profane’ means flat, empty, one-dimensional, exhausted. The market ideology wants us to believe that the world is profane–life consists of buying and selling, weighing, measuring and trading, and then finally sinking down into death and nothingness. “But Jesus presents and entirely different kind of economy, one infused with the mystery of abundance …

Ron Blue: Why teach stewardship to children?

“I can think of four rewards for paying the price to live by faith and train children to be good stewards. First of all, you can expect to stand before the Lord someday and receive a reward for what you have done…(Matthew 25:21)… Second, you can expect them to be good stewards of the resources that God has entrusted to …

Kyle Idleman: God’s gifts to us end up being His greatest competition

“All [God’s] gifts point us back to him. Or at least that’s how it should work. The gift should cause us to love and worship the giver more deeply. But all too easily God’s gifts to us end up being His greatest competition. Imagine for a moment that you’re a parent out shopping for a present to give your child. …

Global Generosity Network: The Generosity Declaration

If you are looking for a declaration for your family or ministry to affirm, consider this piece that individuals and organizations are adopting around the world. The generosity declaration states that God is indescribably generous. I (We) see this in His creation and experience it in his redemption plan through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. God is creator, sustainer and owner of all things (Psalm 24:1)…

Jon Swanson: Obstacles to Generosity

Creating a culture or becoming a biblically generous person will not happen until the limiting issues are properly dealt with. While giving financially was an expression of generosity, it is entirely possible for a person to give significant amounts of money and still not be generous biblically speaking. The right heart motive behind the gift is the most important aspect …

Ron L. Jones: Four Mistakes that Fools Make

“Jesus told a story about a rich man who made a fool of himself by the way he handled his money … Luke 12:16-21 … The first mistake a fool makes with his money is relying on man’s reason and not God’s revelation. Verse 17 tells us the man “began reasoning to himself.” He looked around at his bumper crop …

Mark Bredin: Jubilee Generosity

“Jesus challenges “those who have” to trust God to care for their needs by sharing what they have with those who don’t have … John Nolland writes, “To be poor, hungry, and weeping is not at all the situation that Luke envisages in the ideal state of Christian existence” (Acts 2:43-47; 4:4). Poverty is not idealized in Luke, but the reversal …