One of my main research areas these days has to do with crowdfunding and congregations. Today, over at the Center for Stewardship Leaders website I’ve posted “Crowdfunding Your Congregation” that presents some brief ideas concerning the possibilities (and realities) of crowdfunding for congregations and non-profits. Today I’ve also released a 20-page guide booklet entitled “Crowdfunding for Congregations and […]
A chapel sermon at Luther Seminary Lent II | February 17, 2016 True Citizenship Philippians 3:17-4:1 I. We live in a very strange country. Take, for example, the reality that our presidential election season lasts the length of five or six actual seasons. Farmers can plant and harvest and plant another entire crop in the […]
An essay of mine went up today at the BTS Center’s Bearings blog. In it, I explore the narratives around financial success schemes, personal agency, and the great movie The Big Short. Check it out by clicking here, or on the image below.
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.
Each Advent, as we prepare again for Christ’s birth and return, it is good to examine what exactly we’re celebrating. Christ’s vision of God’s economy was very different from the one that we’ve created today in which 80 people hold about the same amount of wealth as 3.6 billion people, or half of the world’s population.