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The Trouble with Visions

Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year C, April 24, 2016
Christian activist Shane Claiborne says “The more I get to know Jesus, the more trouble he seems to get me into.” Yes, that’s the trouble with visions. They can lead to some truly unexpected results in strange ways by unexpected paths trodden. And that’s o.k. (Photo: Robert Crouse-Baker, Creative Commons)



“Eco-Reformation” is the term embraced by Lutheran theologians who foreground the crisis facing God’s creation and suggest that 2017′s 500th anniversary of the Reformation be a time when Christians across the globe take up the cause of saving God’s creation from destruction by climate change, pollution and unsustainable consumption of resources. This entire issue of Currents explores the issue of Eco-Reformation and calls God’s people to action, (Photo: U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

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13 Reasons your Church Needs a Planned Giving Strategy

Planned giving plants seeds that will yield a bigger harvest. A planned giving strategy is a wise investment in your congregation’s ministry, mission, and future.Share this article with congregational leaders to start the conversation about why this needs to be an integral part of your stewardship ministry. (Photo: Ken Mayer, Creative Commons)

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The Wi$dom Path: Money, Spirit & Life

Financial literacy courses are great, but in addition to knowing how to manage their money more wisely, God’s people need ways to talk about money and the way it intersects with our spiritual and ethical values. This comprehensive course covers such topics as personal and cultural money stories, economic justice, classism, and the impact of our financial decision making on our ability to live lives of meaning and purpose. Free for downloading.


Embracing Stewardship

“Why is stewardship so stinking difficult?” That’s a question you hear many congregational leaders ask, and it’s also a chapter in the new resource offered by Charles R. Lane and Grace Duddy Pomroy. “Embracing Stewardship” addresses that age-old question by offering both a solid theoretical/theological grounding and practical, down-to-earth approaches for making stewardship an everyday part of a congregation’s life together. An accessible, affordable resource.


Grant Honors Legacy of Roger Smith

To say Roger Smith was passionate about stewardship is an understatement. For more than 30 years he served the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and a predecessor body in the area of stewardship education. After retiring in 2008, Smith served as president of the Stewardship of Life Institute (SOLI) board, was a financial coach… Read more»

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    The Weekly Joke

    Every week we dish out a fresh scoop of humor. Who says stewardship is no fun?

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    Free e-book: ‘How much is enough?’

    Some of the brightest minds of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America have collaborated for this collection of essays exploring “How Much is Enough: A Deeper Look at Stewardship in an Age of Abundance.” Each author looks at one aspect of what it means to be a well-formed stewardship leader — the basic competencies needed.

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    Free Ebook: A Theology for Christian Stewardship

    T.A. Kantonen’s classic book “A Theology for Christian Stewardship” is still considered one of the best explorations of the topic and a go-to resource. Download a free PDF copy, posted on LC-MS’ FaithAflame website.

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    Free E-Book: Stewardship Under the Cross

    LC-MS Pastor H.R. Curtis calls his book, “the experience and advice of one pastor struggling to remain faithful to God’s Word while leading his parish through a rough financial patch. … It is a book about how to think about and teach stewardship as a Lutheran; a book about Law & Gospel, vocation, and liturgy.”