Trust You Can Bank On

Trust You Can Bank On

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A bank manager was asking questions to get the information he needed to process a loan. “Do you have any outstanding debts?” he asked the woman making the application. “Any loans that you are paying off?” “Yes. I have a commitment to my church.” “What I meant was, are you making payments on furniture or a car, for example. Do you have any other loans to pay off?” “No. I don’t have any other indebtedness—only my tithe to my church.” She mentioned the amount per month that she had pledged. “Well, that’s fine. But we don’t have to include that on this loan application. It’s not a legally binding obligation.” “It may not be legally binding, but it is a personal commitment.” “Well, the reason I don’t have to include…
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Stewardship and the Economy of God Reprint Available

Stewardship and the Economy of God Reprint Available

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Stewardship and the Economy of God by John H. Reumann has been reprinted and is now available through Wipf and Stock Publishers. Originally published in 1992, Stewardship and the Economy of God traces the history of stewardship in biblical and historical contexts. Author John Reumann, now deceased, was a professor of New Testament Studies at Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Reumann was intrigued by the concept of Christian stewardship from his student days through his educational career. As he notes in his introduction, the book represents "forty years of attention to the Greek word family that gives us 'steward' and 'stewardship' in the New Testament and subsequent Christian usage." Not only does the book explore past understandings of stewardship, but also gives theological insights into the role of stewardship in…
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From “Doing Enough” to Experiencing Jesus

From “Doing Enough” to Experiencing Jesus

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For many years as a leader in an Episcopal congregation, I had been talking up the need for people to be more giving of themselves. I always seemed to do my part. I was serving on vestry in the role of rector’s warden. I would bring food for our homeless guests who stayed with us every seventh week through the Interfaith Hospitality Network ministry. I was at church for all the special events. I was actively participating, and on the surface this looked good, but I was not challenging myself to move more deeply and directly into the social ministries of the Gospels. I realized, through much prayer and reflection,that it was time for me to lead more by action and less by words. Thus, I was off to Uganda…
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