Lectionary Reflection for the Third Sunday of Advent, Yr A
December 15, 2013
If life is a highway, then one would do well to travel the hopeful route described in this week’s lesson from isaiah. Maybe now, as Christmas draws ever closer, we need to hear this message of hope. (Photo: Matt McGee, Creative Commons)
Cultivating an “attitude of gratitude” has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, less anxiety and depression, higher long-term satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others, including romantic partners. But what if you’re not the grateful sort? Here’s some helpful advice! (Photo by redwinegums, used by Creative Commons license)
Here’s a 16-page PDF booklet entitled “Walking as a Way of Life: Movement for Health and Happiness” by Jay Walljasper. Walking is now being touted as a “wonder drug” to promote health and well-being, as well as to treat and prevent a number of health issues. Best of all it costs little to nothing (excellent… Read more»
Earth is in trouble—from global climate change, the pollution of air, land, and water, and much more. As people of faith, we believe that the degraded ecological condition is in part a spiritual problem. And as people of faith, we can work to educate about, advocate for and model a new ways of looking at God’s creation. This manual will explain how. (Photo Photo by Aussiegall, used by Creative Commons license.)
Lectionary Reflection for the Second Sunday of Advent, Year A, December 8, 2013
Could this week’s Advent lessons offer an opportunity to talk about how to be a welcoming church and an hospitable people? How can we welcome others as Christ has welcomed us? ‘Tis the season, and we have the best reason! (Photo: sage, Creative Commons)
Lectionary Reflection, First Sunday of Advent, Year A December 1, 2013 Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour. — Matthew 24:44 What do you expect of this season? What does Advent mean to you? Is it a time of waiting and watching for glimpses of… Read more»
Jeremy Adam Smith of the Greater Good Science Center points to six traits grateful people habitually exhibit. While not specifically linked to stewardship and faith practice, these six traits are reflective of Christian teaching and discipleship practice. Read on for the full story! (Photo: angies, Creative Commons)
Some of the most significant environmental problems of our time result from the collective impact of individual consumption decisions. We decide what to eat, what to wear, how to heat and cool our homes, how to transport ourselves, and what products to buy. But there are multiple ways for Christians to address the environmental, social, and personal costs of consumption. (Illustration: V. John Ondrasik, Shopping Cart, United States Patent #716871)
Click here to read an essay adapted from the book Happy Money by Elizabeth W. Dunn, Ph.D. and Michael I. Norton, Ph.D., originally printed in Greater Good. The authors suggest three strategies for boosting generosity. (Photo: Tim Green, Creative Commons)
Do pastors owe apologies for getting rich? That’s the way we’d prefer to word the question, especially to avoid examining our own stewardship responsibilities. Jesus never claimed that following him would make us rich. But, as my father once wisely told me, “Be careful when you point a finger. There are three fingers pointing right back at you.” (Photo © f9photos – Fotolia.com)
Every good preacher knows that stewardship sermons aren’t just for three weeks in October, but rather the whole year through. Here is a free 72-page resource that offers tips for preaching on stewardship throughout the three-year Lectionary cycle. (Photo (c) Scott Griessel – Fotolia.com)
Here’s a free online course on biblical stewardship that you can really sink your teeth into. “Four Gospels” pays attention to the stewardship-of-life underpinnings of the four Gospels as it provides a scholarly overview. From Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.
Here’s a free, seven-part curriculum for leaders who want to plumb the depths of their congregation’s financial soul.