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What Does It Mean to Be Generous?

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Blog, Life |

If you haven’t already heard, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have pledged to give away 99% of their net worth to charitable causes over their lifetime.  If you’ve read about it already, you’ve likely also seen the wave of articles such as this one picking apart the couple’s generosity due to a variety of reasons, such as the tax benefits and the nature of the organization the money will be pledged to. When was the last time any of those writers gave away 99% of their net worth? Yes, there is truth in what they are writing.  Yes, there are clear advantages in the manner in which the Zuckerbergs are handling...

How Do You Connect Good Deeds and Good News?

Posted by on Nov 21, 2015 in Blog, Kingdom |

This week I had the opportunity to facilitate one of the gatherings for our New Evangelism Paradigms Leadership Community.  Nine churches are journeying together for two years in a collaborative effort to develop new pathways to engage those far from God who will not be reached through a Sunday morning service.  This week’s gathering focused on how to make the connection between “good deeds” and the spreading of the Good News.  And despite popular sentiment to the contrary, conducting good deeds does not create an automatic link to God. You’ve probably heard a quote attributed to Francis of Assisi (despite the lack of any compelling evidence linking Francis to this particular quote):...

Be a Daily Learner

Posted by on Nov 10, 2015 in Blog, Life |

I came across this quote in an article I read a few years ago: There is divine beauty in learning… To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. – Elie Wiesel The quote by itself is spot on.  But if you know the person it is attributed to, it becomes much more powerful.  From Elie Wiesel’s bio on the Elie Wiesel Foundation website: Elie Wiesel was born in 1928 in Sighet, Transylvania, which is now part of Romania. He was fifteen years old when he and his family were deported...