Gary Hoag: 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 …

Gary Hoag: 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 …

Gary Hoag: Generosity involves more than money

“Generosity involves more than money … The measure is a loving attitude and the willingness to pay a price, whether in money, time, or the subtle willingness to think the best when our lesser selves might very well take secret pleasure in another person’s discomfort.” E. Carver McGriff in Lectionary Preaching Workbook, Series VI, Cycle C (Lima: CSS Publishing, 2000) …

Gary Hoag: What is purity of heart?

“This call – to “purity of heart,” simplicity of life, and single-minded focus on God and God’s Kingdom – is much needed today. We are overwhelmed and inundated with too much of everything: too many possessions, too much food, too much stimulation, too many activities, too much work, too much information, too many choices. As a consequence, most of us …