Food for the Soul

Food for the Soul

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Not long ago, two ministers of the gospel were waiting in line for seating at a restaurant. There were two immediate problems. First, the restaurant was popular because it served good food and secondly, the restaurant was smaller than your average fast food place. But the ministers, who frequently preach on patience, were offering a visible sermon by their calm demeanor. No matter that several people already seated appeared to be eating their meals extremely slowly. The ministers were next in line when suddenly like a mighty wind a group of six people came in behind them. And as luck sometimes has it, the next table to become available was one which could easily sit both ministers with room to spare. It could also seat all six of the people behind them in line. If this were you, what would you…
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Registration Opens for Stewardship and Culture Online Course

Registration Opens for Stewardship and Culture Online Course

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Registration is now open for the Stewardship and Culture: Building Contagious Generosity online course, jointly offered by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center and transformingthechurch.org. The Rev. Dr. Betsy Schwarzentraub is the instructor. The Stewardship and Culture: Building Contagious Generosity course includes audio-graphic video lessons that students can view at their convenience and interaction through live conference calls and online discussion forums. Because transformative stewardship includes understanding of our culture, the Stewardship and Culture: Building Contagious Generosity course will explore how our culture influences faithful stewardship and generous giving. Students will be able to frame insightful critical questions about consumerism, embrace God’s vision of sufficiency, recognize the additional impact of technology on consumerism, and begin to create a Generosity Plan for their congregation. Topics include critiquing mainstream -culture assumptions about achievement and…
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