Let me be clear, Palmer is not your usual church stewardship type. For one, she’s not traditionally religious. Second, she’s a punk cabaret artist known for her intense performance style that often includes nudity, and always profanity. But, she’s thought deeply about the human acts of giving and asking, and Palmer’s book is an ode to the art of inviting people to collaborate through their gifts, whatever those may be.
One of the interesting outcomes of living simply is appreciating stuff more. For most of us, things have fairly little value because we think of them as expendable, multiple, replaceable. But for those who are part of the movement, the few items they own take on increased significance—increased, at least, in the sense of personal reflection and appreciation. If one only owns 100 things, these things must take on a different significance than the thousands of things most Americans own.
The call to welcome the refugee is practically an essential tenant of Christianity, and yet after the Paris terrorists attacks, many Christians are calling to halt our (already paltry) resettlement of Syrian refugees. This reaction is difficult for me to understand, but like many irrational responses, I suspect it’s based in fear: fear of terrorism, […]
The November issue of The Lutheran magazine includes a cover story I wrote entitled, “Young Adults and Giving: From Myths to Ministry.” I have to admit that as a Presbyterian, I get an extra kick out of writing for The Lutheran, but I promise the article does not contain a hidden message in favor of John Calvin’s […]
The question has been nagging me for weeks: in a culture with multiple worthy options for receiving charitable gifts, how should Christians approach funding the church?