Our trickle-down congregational economics

Dec 7, 2017 by

A proposed congregational mission statement: To be good news for the poor, to heal the broken, to proclaim release for prisoners, to restore sight to the blind, to advocate for the oppressed, and to celebrate...

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A ‘Buy Nothing Christmas’

Dec 5, 2017 by

A few years ago some Canadian Mennonites came up with the idea of “Buy Nothing Christmas.” Check out their website at buynothingchristmas.org. With humor they direct you to a “Buy Nothing Catalogue”...

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Showalter: Helping, not hurting

Nov 6, 2017 by

This autumn I was invited to a remarkable meeting. Two African and two Asian mission leaders met with the mission committee of a North American Mennonite congregation. I had never witnessed a meeting quite...

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An urgent case for some ‘hilarious’ giving

Aug 30, 2017 by

All of us are shocked by the terrible effects of Hurricane Harvey on Houston and surrounding areas. And this represents only a fraction of the ongoing suffering experienced by millions in northern Africa and...

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A boy’s gift of water

Aug 9, 2017 by

It has been five years, and she still talks about Rico — the boy who offered his rationed bottled water to her. It was her first time in an international setting with agriculture, a lifestyle that...

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Longhurst: Faith begets giving

Jun 19, 2017 by

A new survey is out about Canadians and religion, and it reveals some interesting things. The survey by Canadian pollster Angus Reid found that 21 percent of Canadians identify as religiously committed; 30...

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MCC Christmas statement: 5 reasons to give

Nov 28, 2016 by and

WINNIPEG, Man. — What better gifts can you give this Christmas than goats, peacebuilding knowledge, seeds, school supplies or a well of clean drinking water? Through Mennonite Central Committee’s...

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Miller: Gifts that bring joy to the giver

Nov 21, 2016 by

Christmas is weeks away, but I’m thinking about gift-giving. Finding the right gift for some people can be a challenge. I don’t recall many gifts I’ve given over the years. But I will always remember...

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Showalter: How to give

Sep 12, 2016 by

When he said goodbye to the Ephesian elders at Miletus (Acts 20:35), Paul’s last words were, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” He quoted Jesus. Questions about how to give dominate...

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Blessed to share

Aug 1, 2016 by

Thanks for all the excellent columns that appear in MWR. They are always thoughtful and well-written. The recent Living Simply column, “Do-Gooder’s Dilemma” by Celeste Kennel-Shank (July 18), was no...

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Generosity’s benefits

Jun 6, 2016 by

Once in a while, when I can’t sleep at night, I channel surf. Occasionally, I find a channel with a preacher promising that if I just send some money, I’ll get more money in return. I’ve been warned...

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Loving God with all our possessions

Feb 16, 2016 by

One of our lectionary texts Sunday (on Valentine’s Day, no less) was the Deuteronomy passage on the giving of firstfruit offerings and of tithes. In our study at house church, we found in it a sharp...

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A season of giving

Dec 3, 2015 by

We think of Thanksgiving and Christmas as a season for giving. More and more, though, we also remember that Thanksgiving commemorates a time of taking, when several hundred years ago, my ancestors took land...

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America is grieving the heart of God

Jul 13, 2015 by

The tendency of wealth to entrap people in greed has been confirmed in numerous studies. Research has consistently shown that, generally speaking, the more people have, the less percentage of their income they...

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Unconditional giving transforms us

May 11, 2015 by

Now as you excel in everything — in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you — so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking. — 2 Corinthians 8:7 While in...

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Can we ever truly give?

Jan 8, 2015 by

Stop at any major intersection in Austin, Texas, and you will see someone with a sign asking for money, food or a job. It is a given in this city. Some of the people standing there have chosen that as their...

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Goshen gives thanks for nearly $2 million gift

Dec 8, 2014 by

GOSHEN, Ind. — Milo Albrecht, 93, only attended Goshen College for three semesters, but his nearly $2 million gift will give many students the opportunity to stay longer. A regular donor to Goshen College,...

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Giving that changes me

Dec 8, 2014 by

The powerful words of Advent readings from Isaiah tend to get lost in this feel-good season of tinsel and twinkling lights. Familiar music, family gatherings and special worship times mark the holiday with a...

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The earth is the Lord’s

Jun 11, 2014 by

It is said that giving is the spiritual thermometer of the church. A healthy congregation will experience healthy giving because it is tied directly to our understanding of God and our relationship to him. And...

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Asking for money

Mar 31, 2014 by

In September a number of Mennonite Church Canada staff climbed onto bicycles and became part of the Ride for Refugee movement. It was a cold September morning, chilling our fingers and giving us plenty of...

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‘Extreme giving’ normal for Michigan church

Mar 3, 2014 by and

Despite local economic hardship, Pigeon River Mennonite Church has cultivated a culture of “extreme giving” — a tradition that is in at least its fourth generation. The 200 members of Pigeon River...

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