Called to Make Peace

Narrative Lectionary Reflection for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Year A, July 23, 2017
Peace. Sometimes it seems like such an elusive word, such a foreign concept–especially if you’ve been spending much time with social media or the news lately. We humans crave peace and need peace, but we’re not very good at making and keeping peace. Thankfully, our Lord IS in the peace business–proclaiming and passing and breathing peace into the darkest corners of this fallen and fragmented world of ours, and exhorting us to find peace both in rest and in trust in his abiding presence. (Photo: Leland Francisco, Creative Commons)

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Maxed Out: Teach the Spiritual Cost of Debt

In the seemingly affluent United States, out-of-control debt is sort of a quiet monster. It’s sleeping in the suburbs, lurking in the cities, and stalking many working Christians. The good news is that some wise churches are taking on this monster, helping God’s people to manage their money and teaching them how to put their consumer lives in better perspective, reports U.S. Catholic.

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Here’s your August ‘Stewardship Toolbox’

This is a great all-in-one resource for your congregation’s monthly stewardship communications. You’ll find “cut-and-paste” short “Stewardship Snippets” tied to the RCL readings for every Sunday’s bulletin, articles for your monthly newsletter or website. Not only that, you’ll find links for resources to “Teach,” “Preach,” “Lead,” “Think’, and “Do” stewardship. Prepared by SOLI web editor Rob Blezard. (Photo: Ken, Creative Commons)

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Leadership is Life Stewardship

Every person on the planet each gets 24 hours in 60-minute blocks that come in 60-second intervals. So why do some people achieve so much more than others? The answer is life stewardship. If you want to accomplish great things, you must dedicate yourself to the disciplines that will leverage your divine design to change the world in and around you. You can’t lead until you understand stewardship.  (Photo © robhainer –

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