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Beyond Tithing: What to Do with the Other 90 Percent
Originally Posted: 10/07/2014 - 12:13pm | Type: Blog

As Christians we are commanded to give 10 percent of our resources to the church. But what about the other 90 percent of our resources? Does this 90 percent express our commitment to social justice, our love o ...

Why I Don’t Celebrate Valentine’s Day
Originally Posted: 02/14/2014 - 9:00am | Type: Blog

Yes, Valentine’s Day is about love, but the kind of selfless, dangerous sacrificial love it recognizes is trivialized by lacy cards and chocolates. I’ve done the Valentine’s Day t ...

A Gift of Hot Chocolate
Originally Posted: 01/06/2014 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

No matter how limited we may feel or how little we think we have, we can always find ways to give. We just have to be a little creative. My mom died in a nursing home five years a ...

Christmas Is a Commercial Holiday, Not a Sacred Holy Day, for Many
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 3:57pm | Type: Blog

Nine in 10 Americans will celebrate Christmas this year, but a new poll shows that increasing numbers see the holiday as more tinsel than gospel truth. Nine in 10 Americans will c ...

Give Like God -- or More Like Santa?
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 9:46am | Type: Blog

Giving is an attitude, a spirit. There’s never any judgment about who is worthy and who is not. This is how God gives to us. So, how do we give? Have you ever given someone a gif ...

12 Unique Gifts With a Positive Impact
Originally Posted: 11/19/2013 - 9:37am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Invest in the transformation of lives by trying some of these fair trade, eco-friendly gift ideas or charities. ...

Be Ready to Be Changed
Originally Posted: 04/18/2013 - 8:49am | Type: Blog

We’re surrounded by beauty all of the time. Sometimes we just need a little help seeing it. We have a group at our church that does a weekly sandwich ministry together. Though we ...

Kids Say the Profoundest Things
Originally Posted: 12/12/2012 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

The week of Christmas had always been an exciting time for my friends, my brothers, and me. We knew we would wake up on Christmas morning and find video games, toys, basketballs, clothes, and all of the things ...

'Let Jesus Be Cursed!'
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:17am | Type: Magazine Article

Martin L. Smith Reflections on the Common Lectionary, Cycle C "NO ONE SPEAKING by the Spirit of God ever ...

The Place of the Green Wand
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Theodore Deppe Something called a GiveBox appeared / this fall on Falckensteinstrasse, and my first gift Some ...

Gifts with Conscience for Dads and Grads
Originally Posted: 06/14/2012 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

Looking for a last-minute gift for Fathers Day or a graduate? Here's a few suggestions of unique gifts that keep on giving. Looking for a last-minute gift for Fathers Day or ...

10 Terrible Gifts to Buy Your Mom for Mother’s Day
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 8:37am | Type: Blog

This list brought to you by SkyMall, where good gift ideas go to die. Reminder: Mother’s Day is this Sunday.  Gift giving can be hard. It’s understandable that you’re put ...

On Asperger Syndrome and Broken Hearts
Originally Posted: 02/01/2012 - 12:27pm | Type: Blog

Our son, Mattias, is eight years old. Everyone thinks their kid is special, and in a lot of ways, he’s just a regular kid. He loves fart jokes, enjoys riding his scooter and is obsessed with video games. But w ...

A Christmas Gift
Originally Posted: 12/22/2011 - 12:22pm | Type: SojoMail

December 22, 2011   QUOTE OF THE WEEK   Quote of the day. ...

Afternoon Links of Awesomeness: Monday, December 5, 2011
Originally Posted: 12/05/2011 - 6:47pm | Type: Blog

Occupy igloos ... and rooftops. Buy a gun for the one you love ... or a walk-on role on True Blood (for charity!) Theological wisdom from the mouths of (muppet) otters and stand-up comedians. And you never kno ...