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Transfiguration of our Lord Lectionary Reflection, February 10, 2013

Transfiguration need not be limited to the mountaintop. We are in the process of being changed through our relationship with Jesus–transfigured individually and in community to bring light to the world. (Photo © Mopic – Fotolia.com)

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Faith Raising, Not Fund Raising

Saddleback Church, Rick Warren’s amazing congregation, doesn’t have a problem with finances. In fact, they’ve launched plenty of ministries and satellites. How do they do it? As Saddleback’s Forrest Reinhardt explains, the approach is to focus on discipleship, not dollars. (Photo by Chelsea, used by Creative Commons license. Thanks!)

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Where’s Jesus?

Lectionary Reflection for the Epiphany of our Lord, January 6, 2013

Where do you see Jesus in the world around you? One of our challenges is to help people learn to look for, to see, and to experience the divine presence in their daily lives and in everyday epiphanies (Photo by Friar’s Balsam. Thanks!)

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The Science Behind Giving

Yes, there really is something to encouraging prayer before committing one’s pledge or gift to ministry. Philanthropic Psychologist Jen Shang (Center for Philanthropy at Indiana University) offers some insight into the “how” and “why” of donor decisions to give in this New York Times interview. Click here to read more. (Photo by Lel4nd. Thanks!)

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50 Ways to Encourage Faithful Giving

Here’s another gem from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary–a compilation of 50 useful ways to encourage a climate of faithful giving in your congregation. This PDF document also includes a valuable resource list you will want to peruse.

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Bread, Water, and Signs of God

Lectionary Reflection for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, July 29, 2012

Where do you see signs of Jesus in your daily life? Start simple. Think small. Even bread and water can point you to God.

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Take Good Care of You!

Lectionary Reflection for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
July 22, 2012
Jesus encouraged his disciples to rest and care for themselves so that they could better care for others. How are we as individuals, leaders, and congregations encouraging good self-care stewardship practices? Read on for more information! (Photo by HaPe_Gera used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!)

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Wide Open Faith

Lectionary Reflection for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 24, 2012
How does a wide open faith and heart help us to deal with life’s storms? Even when we don’t realize it, God is riding the waves with us, bringing us through the chaos into safe, grace-full harbors. (Photo by NASA used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!)

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It’s a Matter of Life . . . and Death

Read Duane Elgin’s fine reflection on how death is one of life’s best teachers. “In acknowledging the reality of death, we can more fully appreciate our gift of life,” says Elgin. Click here to read the entire article reprinted in The Daily Good. Photo by Jeremy Keith used under Creative Commons License. Thanks!)

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Finding Hope in Hard Times: Seven Spiritual Practices

Being a good steward requires work when the economy is on the skids, but the Episcopal Church Office for Stewardship suggests seven spiritual practices that can help individuals and congregations to adapt, grow and maintain good stewardship. (Photo by Blacklord, used under Creative Commons license.)