One line I read a few weeks ago about congregational life together has stuck with me in a big way. I’ve brought it up, in one way or another, several times already. In a Christian Century article, “More People, Looser Ties” David Eagle drops the sentence: “Think of it this way: a congregation with 100 […]
I’m plugging away at some non-digital writing projects, but I did want to re-post today from the Center for Stewardship Leaders website for a couple of reasons. First, the CSL launched a new stewardship website this week! Isn’t it gorgeous?! I’m not sure that it’s the prettiest, most robust stewardship center website in the mainline church these […]
In a nation where, increasingly, belief in God cannot be assumed, and where Christianity is losing more and more of its sway in public discourse, what does membership in a church offer? Or, to put it another way, how might we say that church matters? I’m curious how faith leaders might answer these questions because […]
The aid organization Oxfam International recently published a report showing that the richest 1% of the population has as much wealth as the rest of the world combined. In 1889, Andrew Carnegie warned about giving alms or charity—which, in his view, too often rewarded vice—and instead pushed for the establishment of public institutions that would improve the general condition of people by providing “the ladders upon which the aspiring can rise.”
I wasn’t sure what to think, so I invited my class to debate the wisdom of using Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University curriculum in congregations. Here’s how my mind changed.