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Imagine

What kind of society would we be if we all lived on the food of compassion? If, instead of rejoicing at our independence, we lived in pure unashamed dependence on each other. If we stood with our hands out, without demanding, living on the bread of love alone. Continue reading

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Has passing the plate run its course?

Somewhere along the line, we have reduced the totality of our giftedness to money. Has the offering plate run its course? Continue reading

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Extravagance

Simplicity as an expression of my love for God is good. But it’s good because that simplicity in my own life frees me to be an extravagant giver of all the good I have to God’s good world. Continue reading

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How will Millennials change the way we give?

How do we respond to the change that Millennials are bringing to the church? They are children of the information age: shunning chequing accounts for e-transfers, accessing Wikipedia.com for instant clarification rather than reading through reams of documents in an encyclopedia and touching base with friends via text and Instagram while avoiding telephone land-lines altogether. Continue reading

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Demographic change isn’t coming. It’s here!

Canada has reached a milestone. For the first time in its nearly 150 year history, the number of seniors is greater than the number of children. Continue reading

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The gift of giving

May we receive with great and grateful hearts; may we give with great and grateful hearts. May the gift of giving inspire our lives as everyday Christians. Continue reading

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Happy ThanksGiving!

I hope that you see this one day of Thanksgiving as an inspiration to give thanks year-round; use today as a starting point to give generously in the future. Continue reading

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Speaking with newcomers about money

The topic of money or financial stewardship in the church has long been one that raises a sense of fear and trepidation with leaders. How can we raise a thorny issue without appearing to be money grubbing or even worse, turn them off going to church altogether? Continue reading

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Make giving regular, reliable and real

I have a confession to make; I’m not a tither. After you get over the shock that the Director of Stewardship Development for the diocese of Toronto does not set aside ten percent of his gross or net income for the ministry of the church, let me qualify my statement. Continue reading

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Ten really good reasons to give

If we were to turn this mindset of scarcity on its head, we would encounter all kinds of reasons why people should give—and give up front, before everything else takes priority. As a stewardship educator, I am convinced that people want to give. Continue reading

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