Those of you who know me are aware that I am an avid reader. I try to read broadly across many subjects including those that inform my work in pastoral ministry. At any given time I’ll have two to four books going in addition to the materials I read for sermon preparation. As my wife…
Month: November 2012
Ed Stetzer on the Lottery
In the midst of all of this week’s $550 million plus powerball hoopla, here’s a good word from Ed Stetzer on the tragic impact of lotteries upon those entrenched in poverty in America. The post includes a powerful quote from (then) Senator Barak Obama.
Stewardship is Joy:: 3
The third word that we find in this week’s text is generosity. Generosity is single-minded sharing. It is giving with no alterior motive or strings attached. It is authentic sharing performed with utmost sincerity. Their generosity was spewing out from a fountain of joy. Somehow the Macedonian Christians, though highly troubled, remained joyful and generous….
Songs of the Season
Here’s the artwork for my Advent sermon series, titled Songs of the Season. The series will focus on the four songs surrounding the birth of Christ from Luke’s gospel. A huge thank you to Mark Marturello who designed this original piece to be used for our bulletin covers, web site, and social media.
Stewardship is Joy:: 2
The second word Paul used in his letter is the word joy. Joy should not be confused with happiness. Happiness shares the same root word as happening. It is an emotion that is based on external events and actions that happen in our lives. If I get a pay increase, for example, I become happy….
Stewardship is Joy:: 1
Over the past three weeks I’ve preached sermons with the goal of communicating the three most important spiritual truths about stewardship. The first truth I shared is that God is the owner of everything and the blessings we have in life have been entrusted to us to use to bless the world. The second truth…
Skye Jethani on the Goal of the Gospel
Out of Ur: Ur Video: Skye Jethani on the Goal of the Gospel.
Stewardship is Trust
Last week I posted about the most important question concerning stewardship: Who owns the vineyard? This week I want to share some more thoughts on stewardship from a famous story found in Luke 21. I’ve never had a problem with speaking on the subject of stewardship. I think the best time to speak on the…
Stewardship is Management:: 2
Jesus’ parable about the vineyard provides the reader with several important truths about stewardship. For example, Jesus emphasized the fact that we are blessed with many benefits. In the story the vineyard owner provided everything for the tenants, including the land, the wall, the tower, and the vines. When you think about it, everything we…
Stewardship is Management:: 1
Bertha Adams died on March 30, 1975. She lived alone in a small, one bedroom apartment in New York City that was pest and rodent infested. As people began to close her estate they discovered that Bertha Adams had over $799,000 in cash, stocks, and bonds. Bertha Adams didn’t have a money problem. She had…