How Do We Treat Our Leaders?

How Do We Treat Our Leaders?

I have long believed that you treat your giving leaders as leaders—no more, no less. In our anxiety over money, churches tend to avoid not just conversations about money, but also the topic of how to treat our strongest and most dedicated givers. Just the idea that we...
A Savings Account for Giving

A Savings Account for Giving

For many years, in America, the fastest growing tool for giving has been something called a Donor Advised Fund. Conveniently, it is called a DAF. Our Foundation has several DAF accounts. DAFs allow someone to contribute money, park it in an account, and then give the...
Living Water

Living Water

The second chapter of Jeremiah is an indictment of Israel’s unfaithfulness to God. In these verses Jeremiah gives many images of their broken relationship. One of them stuck out to me. It says: “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of...
Appreciation

Appreciation

My old friend Jim is a smart guy. Even though he is now well into his 70s, he understood the way the future was getting shaped. He bought his first shares of Apple stock in 2002, when the company’s iPod came out. This device stored and played digital music. The more...
All Good Gifts

All Good Gifts

Many moviegoers remember Jimmy Stewart, that fine actor from decades ago. In the movie Shenandoah, he plays Charlie Anderson—a proud, independent Virginia farmer during the Civil War. A widower, he has six sons, a daughter, and an expectant daughter in law. Charlie...