A Fallen Parent

I get a lump in my chest every time I hear of a family that loses a mom or dad. The news that Beka from Texas recently shared with me not only “lumped” me but challenged me as well. “Last year, I bought two “#stayingmarried” shirts for some best friends of ours, Clint and Michelle. After almost 24 years together, …

Living as Tenants

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (Psalm 24:1). What then does it mean to live by this? The key to this is that it means we are tenants, not owners. Compared to modern western culture, this idea is rather foreign. In a cultural context where personal property rights are …

The Cost of Shiny

Had some last minute RV issues to deal with yesterday…like finding that my hot water heater tank cracked, and a mysterious exhaust issue is lingering from our RV accident last spring. Here’s the deal…I feel rusty, not because it’s been a while since I’ve been on the road…but because I feel like everything I own is rusty. You should see …

Thomas Aquinas: Suitable expenses and seasonable giving

“It belongs to liberality [generosity] particularly, not to be held back by any inordinate affection for money from any right use of the same. Now there is a twofold use of money: one upon oneself — a matter of personal expenses; another upon others — a matter of gifts. It belongs therefore to liberality, not to be held back by …

John Owen: No comparison

For Owen, any giving on our part represents our response to the realization that what we have in Christ Jesus is beyond all comparison. I wonder if the lack of generosity in our day is rooted in the misguided notion that we have tried to make generosity a response to our efforts (preaching, letters, etc.) rather than a response to …

Robert Schnase: Extravagant generosity

God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them. —Hebrews 6:10 “People who practice extravagant generosity change their lives in order to become more generous. They become rich in giving. They do not wait to be asked. When they see a …

Bruce Barkhauer: Unencumbered

Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” Mark 10:21 “Our entire Western economy is based on consumption. One cannot be a successful consumer without adequate resources. When we couple this notion with the …

Gregory the Great: Eat this book, be filled, and give forth

“No one in creation is rich but he that fears God; no one is truly poor but he that lacks the truth. How needy is he, and not rich, whose need witnesses against him that even from the abject and the beggars he needs to receive a gift. He is truly a bondman, and many are his masters: he renders …

John of Damascus: The inexhaustible grace of God the Giver

“Through the Holy Scriptures we are trained to action that is pleasing to God, and untroubled contemplation. For in these we find both exhortation to every virtue and dissuasion from every vice. If, therefore, we are lovers of learning, we shall also be learned in many things. For by care and toil and the grace of God the Giver, all …

Ephraim the Syrian: The rich are those that fear God

“No one in creation is rich but he that fears God; no one is truly poor but he that lacks the truth. How needy is he, and not rich, whose need witnesses against him that even from the abject and the beggars he needs to receive a gift. He is truly a bondman, and many are his masters: he renders …