A theory of jerks
Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude, writes Eric Schwitzgebel in this humorous article exploring the theme of jerks, being judgmental, morality, etc.
The charitable revolution
This article explores the change in people's thought about charity in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and its cultural and theological background.
The Widow’s Mite
Giving is necessary for our parishes to survive, but it is also a necessary act that promotes spiritual health, sanctification, and blessing.
Stupid giving: The offering as a complete sacrifice
F. Willis Johnson reflects on the realities of giving for churches with predominantly financially challenged members - where the situation of the "widow's mite" (Mark 12:41-44) is common.
The Grace of Giving
David Vroege unpacks what it means to give graciously and offers practical suggestions for how we can practice graceful giving during the offering portion of our worship services.
When Spouses Clash on Giving
This article by Jeff Anderson discusses how couples can harmonize their views on financial giving by connecting with each other, adopting similar worship preferences, developing spiritually, addressing financial differences, and learning gratitude for God's blessings.
Start a Conversation About Giving
Faith is the motivator for people's giving. David King shares his findings from research on religious giving, encouraging church leaders to broaden the conversation and talk to congregations about the meaning of their life and work....
Money and Mission
In this essay, William Willimon argues that since mission is the largest factor in charitable giving, churches should focus less on how much money they need and instead focus on how they can fulfill their mission.
David Giving Uriah the Letter
These 19th century sketches by Joseph Mallord William Turner are rough copies of several paintings, including Jacob Adriaensz Backer's 1960 depiction of 2 Samuel 11:13, "David Giving Uriah the Letter."
In this sermon starter on the Widow's Coin, David Lose wrestles with whether stewardship means giving of our resources as we are able, taking care of those in our community...or both.
Charitable Giving Increases
A sermon illustration by Karl Taro Greenfeld describing that American giving has increased, appropriate for Matthew 25:14-46.
Basketball's Manute Bol Gives Back to Sudan
Steve Rushin's story of charitable giving by NBA player Manute Bol despite being broke and physically ill himself, can illustrate scriptural teachings on generosity, illustrating Proverbs 21:13 and Proverbs 19:17.
Full Text Hymns on Charitable Giving
The Blessings of the Pious and CharitablePD
The Reward of the liberal and charitable ManPD
Jesus, our Lord! how rich thy grace!PD
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The Limits of Philanthropy
"Time to end the charitable tax deduction."
The Widow’s Mite
No matter our means, we are all called to give generously, even sacrificially, to the work of God. God sees the true measure of our generosity, let us open our hearts and ours wallet to Him....
Young Men Give Most Often to World Vision
The results of this survey share surprising insights about the generosity of young men. Courtney Connolly Bell reveals that young men often give to World Vision.
Should Congregations Tithe?
A reflection on church giving to "missions" that suggests when the topic at hand is money, the conversation seems especially prone toward pious platitudes and self-justifying half-truths.
Tithing: On learning contentment and cheerful givng
Tithing is hard, especially during times of financial turmoil. But it's one way of showing that we recognize we are only stewards of what we have, and to give back part of it.
Religious Crowd More Charitable Than Secular Crowd
"An illustration by Jon A. Shields revealing a study that shows that religious people tend to be more generous, appropriate for Acts 5:1-11, Proverbs 19:17, and 2 Corinthians 9."
Philanthropy Is Everyone's Business
A sermon illustration about charitable giving trends in the United States of America. Philanthropy is gaining popularity in mainstream culture.
Homilies Giving Encouragement in the Faith
Encouragement in faith is necessary for our lives. These four homilies offer encouragement in the face of different kinds of trials: Greed, hopelessness, resistance to Christianity, and the difficulty of holiness.