Calling, Gifts, Service (Guinness)

 If you haven't read The Call by Os Guinness, you should put it on your "to read" Christian book list!  It's an in-depth look at vocation (or calling).  I was looking over some of my highlights in this book today and came across the following quotes that really have been helpful for me and my own… Continue reading Calling, Gifts, Service (Guinness)

Disciples and Stewardship: Give Without Expecting Anything Back

"...[T]he Bible's teaching about material possessions is inextricably intertwined with more 'spiritual' matters."  So writes Craig Blomberg in his helpful Bible survey of money, wealth, and possessions: Neither Poverty Nor Riches (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1999).  Specifically thinking of Jesus' teaching and parables about wealth/possessions, it's important to note that stewardship is a big part… Continue reading Disciples and Stewardship: Give Without Expecting Anything Back

Gifted Stewards or Stewards of Gifts

The Heidelberg Catechism Q/A 55 says that one aspect of the “communion of the saints” is this: “Each member [of Christ’s body] should consider it his duty to use his gifts readily and cheerfully for the service and enrichment of the other members” (Rom. 12:4-8, 1 Cor. 12:20-27, Phil. 2:4-8).  Os Guinness says the same… Continue reading Gifted Stewards or Stewards of Gifts

Managing God’s Money

 If the polls are correct, many Christians spend more on their pets than they give to missionaries (our pets are better cared for than our missionaries).  If the polls are correct, most Christians only tithe about 2% of their income.  Even if those polls are a bit off, I think it is safe to say all of… Continue reading Managing God’s Money