3 Ways Good Mission Funding Can Do Great Harm

A commodity is something that is bought and sold. Mission is the loving and joyful response of Christ’s followers to disciple the nations, holding forth Jesus’ life and teaching among all the peoples of the world. In theory, the two appear to be very...

3 Ways Stewardship Differs from Philanthropy

There is an old children’s poem that goes like this: “What kind of church would my church be, if all of its members were just like me?” That is a good question to ask ourselves related to the stewardship of our time, talents, treasure and testimony....

7 Changes the Future Holds for Local Churches

Much talk about the state of the local church today is negative. As some look at declining attendance and giving statistics, they wonder if the church will continue to exist much longer. It would be a big mistake to count the church out. After all, Jesus Christ said...

The Earth is Not Ours to Do with As We Please

My church observed Earth Stewardship Sunday recently by singing hymns and offering prayers that honored God as Creator. We were even reminded during communion that the bread and wine are gifts of the earth provided by the one who made it. For my sermon, I chose to...