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Does Jesus Want Me to Buy My Friends?

Does Jesus Want Me to Buy My Friends?

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

“Come again, Jesus? You’re pushing swag? To influence people? A bit unseemly, wouldn’t you say?

“I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” (Luke 16:9, NIV)

Who doesn’t like a little swag? “Ooh, a foam can cooler,” you squeal — except you don’t actually use them.

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Three Ways to Turn Giving Into Ministry

Three Ways to Turn Giving Into Ministry

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

We call giving “a privilege” or “a responsibility” or “an aspiration.”

But the not-so-subtle message we send to our members says it’s a duty. That’s right, the same rationale we use for getting a root canal gets applied to giving.

What if we could change the narrative from “gotta” to “get to” give?

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The One Thing

The One Thing

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

“Jesus looked at him and loved him. ‘One thing you lack,’ he said.” (Mark 10:21, NIV)

Jesus loved the rich young ruler. This man was literally so close to the Kingdom of God. He chased it down. Finding Jesus and falling to his knees, he begged Him to share the secret of the Kingdom.

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A Budget by Any Other Name

A Budget by Any Other Name

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

I’ve been binging on budget apps lately. In my nerdy opinion, they’re cool and help me feel in control of my money. What’s not to like?

But my wife’s reaction was less than enthusiastic.

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These Thoughts Are on FIRE

These Thoughts Are on FIRE

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

No, my actual thoughts aren’t on fire. And yes, right now in one corner of my brain, Alicia Keys is belting out her hit single, Girl on Fire.”

But my actual thoughts are on the acronym FIRE which stands for “Financial Independence Retiring Early.” Have you heard of it? It’s a movement that’s picking up steam and even headlines. 

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Can These Bones Live?

Can These Bones Live?

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

“Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”

You know these words because you’ve felt them. Overwhelmed and without recourse, you’ve remained open to the possibilities of what only God can do.

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Connect the Dots

Connect the Dots

Article Type: Pastor to Pastor

Connect the dots is magical — at least for someone like me, who barely managed a passing grade in high school art class!

In my work this past year, I’ve been connecting the dots between churches and the benefits of partnering with Barnabas Foundation

If you’ve not been able to connect the dots either, let me help.

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