Some Thoughts On Giving

A major project this summer has been increasing our support base. Fund raising, to put it bluntly. This is not my favorite part of the job, but there are also some beautiful, beautiful stories that come out of the process that I wouldn’t trade for the steadiest of incomes. I wrote about that earlier this summer.

Here’s what I want to say today: since Day 1 in Boston Amy and I have always been taken care of. Always. Sometimes in quite miraculous ways. Other times, simply through the faithfulness of our support team.

I read this article a few weeks ago. We have basically been fundraising during the worst time to do so in my lifetime. And yet, we have always been taken care of.

I also read this and resonated with it deeply. “It always seems to work out” is not a way to build a budget or to plan for the future. But, the truth is, it has always worked out. I think it has to do with faithfulness and with provision. They go together.

We have made some progress and we have some work still to do. That’s how fundraising works. Faithfulness and provision. And thengratitude…because it’s all a gift!

Must Reads

Links of the Week:

  1. An interesting graphic on philanthropy (people will give money to colleges, will they give money to college ministry?)
  2. John Piper caused a stir with his “masculine feel to Christianity comment”…here’s an overview and some helpful responses
  3. Daniel Kirk with some great insight on what the Bible is for and the narrative approach
  4. Logan Gentry with some good thoughts on how missional communities can fail
  5. 2 posts from Scot McKnight’s blog on eschatology that is grounded in story versus escapism.