Is Empathizing the Same as Coddling? (Your Answer Impacts Who We Are As The Church)

Let’s say our congregation is committed to becoming “more diverse.” That could mean several things:

  • Our congregation is predominantly White and we want to look more like our changing neighborhood where people happen to have a variety of skin colors and heritages.
  • Our congregation is comprised of members over the age of 60 who would love to welcome young families.
  • Our congregation is aware that there’s an influx of refugees moving into town and we’d like to welcome them to our church, our preschool, and our community.
  • Our congregation would like to make it known that we welcome LGBTQA+ neighbors.
  • Our congregation is primarily English-speaking but we’d like to welcome the Spanish-speaking neighbors.

[Note: Becoming “more diverse” is not about political correctness or being the cool church or gimmicks. Faithful congregations want to share the life-changing news that God loves us with everybody. Jesus says so.]

So, let’s say that our church is successful in welcoming all kinds of people. Yay. We’ve become a community comprised of people who don’t look like, speak alike, or have the same experiences. The heavens are singing.

But then something painful happens: Black members want to talk about the everyday racism that they experience. Immigrant members want to talk about why they needed to come to this country in the first place. Women who’ve experienced abuse by former pastor need to share their stories. Recovering addicts need to share their stories. Former refugees need to share their stories. Victims of bullying need to share their stories.

And the longtime members of the church don’t want to hear about those things. “If you believe in Jesus, all that is past,” one older White woman who grew up in the church says. “Don’t be a snowflake,” another member says. “I can’t stand all this talk of victimization,” says a prosperous White member.

One of the issues dividing The Church in the United States is the battle over how we in the Church will address the societal realities of our culture. Both “liberal” and “conservative” congregations are struggling with this.

Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis – the congregation that noted conservative theologian John Piper led for many years – is experiencing an ugly church split on the cusp of its 150th anniversary. The issues?

racial justice and critical race theory (CRT); the #MeToo movement and the call to believe women; and the nature of trauma and abuse.

You can read the recent Christianity Today article here. Members are divided on whether or not empathizing with those who have experienced trauma and abuse is actually coddling them. (Read that one more time.)

Is it safe to share personal pain in your church? Will someone sit with you in that pain and “see” you? Or will someone simply tell you to buck up and explain how your sinfulness causes your pain. Ouch.

I speak on a daily basis with church leaders who tell me that there are – simplistically speaking – church members who want to be the kind of church that feels safe to share personal stories of pain and difficulties in hopes of finding relief and restoration – and resurrection. And there are other church members who simply don’t want to hear it or talk about it. And it’s dividing those congregations deeply.

In the same predominantly White churches there are those who want to understand systemic racism and there are also members who don’t want to hear that #Black Lives Matter. I know of churches with members who believe God is calling them to befriend the poor while those in the next pew believe people are poor because they are lazy.

These are the very divisions that are tearing up our nation. Are we called to empathize with our neighbor? Or are we merely coddling people who need to move on? And is talking about hot topics in general only going to split the church?

If we want our congregations to thrive and if we authentically want to be a more diverse church, we must be safe enough for people to share their whole lives with us and allow God to teach us something. We must be unafraid to grapple with difficult issues that we might not understand. If we trust that God is with us and if we believe we are called to love as Jesus first loved us, we can talk about hard things. People are hurting out there.

The Most Important Thing

But I make you laugh. You said that was the most important thing.” Martin to Claire in Fleabag

Turns out, it wasn’t the most important thing.

When talking with couples planning to be married with so many decisions to make about the festivities, I always ask them to identify the most important thing for this special day. Is it the dress? The food? Is it to have Grandpa present? Is it to ride off into the sunset on horses?

By the time a couple marries, I make the sacred assumption that they’ve already committed themselves to each other in God’s eyes – if God’s eyes are even a consideration. Perhaps the most important thing is to stand in front of all the people you love most in the world and state out loud your intentions to love each other forever. This remains a holy thing.

So if we asked your church leaders and friends, “What’s the most important thing about your church?” what would they say – assuming they are telling the God’s honest truth? So many would say “the building.” Church people really love the buildings. Or do they love the cemetery most of all? The church’s history? The pastor? The nursery school?

We could make the sacred assumption that – of course – the most important thing has to do with God. Is my church a community in which I feel close to God? Does our church show the world what God’s love looks like? Are we serving the community in God’s name – specifically in Jesus’ name?

Again I turn to Yancey Strickler who is trying to shift the for-profit business world from a culture of making money as the most important thing to creating a better planet as the most important thing. Of course businesses want to make a profit which is why they are in business, but Strickler points out that over the past 30 years, businesses have become greedy about making money to the point of destroying the middle class and increasing the divide between rich and poor. He believes (and I agree) that you can make a very prosperous living by taking others into consideration as a for-profit business. Businesses can make money while treating their employees well. Businesses can make money while practicing good stewardship of the earth. Businesses can make money while supporting non-profits that address the needs of the community. Businesses can give back.

Kickstarter (which Strickler co-founded) like Patagonia and King Arthur Flour, Eileen Fisher, and Allbirds is a Benefit Corporation. We need more of those. By definition, “Benefit Corporations are for-profit companies that are obligated to consider the impact of their decisions on society, not only shareholders. Radically, positive impact on society becomes part of a Benefit Corporation’s legally defined goals.” (Source)

The Church can learn from this too. Of course churches and other communities of worship are not for-profit organizations. We are not about financial optimization (unless we are and then may God have mercy upon us.)

If the most important thing in our church is to make lots of money to save for a rainy day, we are missing the point of money. (Note: it’s a tool for ministry, my friends.)

If the most important thing in our church is to serve the needs of the members, we are falling short of Jesus’ commandments. Yes, tending to members’ needs is important, but is it THE most important thing? Is it the most important thing that those who donate the most money are kept happy under all circumstances? Is it the most important thing that we get more members? Is it the most important thing that there’s a Sunday morning Bible study just before worship?

Growing congregations are those with a clear identity. And that identity is utterly and totally about God.

Growing congregations exist to serve God by serving God’s people. And God’s people include refugees, police officers, D students, first responders, prison inmates, and hospice residents. And you and me and people who consume too much MSNBC and Fox News. And sweet little old ladies and cranky old men and non-binary siblings afraid for their futures.

What’s the most important thing in your Church – really? This is a great time to figure it out so that God can use us. The world desperately needs Good News and healing and hope.

The Great Resignation (It’s Not What You Think)

According to various news sources, there is a Great Resignation among workers in the United States. The pandemic has taught some of us that:

  • Working from home can be awesome (and so if you – Employer – will not let me work from home at least a couple days a week, I will find a position that will.)
  • Working for minimum wage is untenable and I’m holding out for bonuses and/or a liveable wage.
  • Life is short and I need a job that feeds my soul.

First of all, these are the positions of the privileged. There are millions of workers who have few choices in terms of where they work in terms of geography and education level. If we can resign from our current job and look for new employment in a leisurely way, we are clearly people of privilege.

The Great Resignation I’m talking about here is not about employment though. It’s about the Millennials and Gen Z-ers. Middle school and high school teachers, church youth directors, young adult ministers are all saying that the young people they are serving feel resigned to “the way things are” as in: “that’s just the way life is.”

Life is unfair, unjust, untrustworthy, and unpredictable. That’s just the way things are.

This is The Great Resignation of our youngest generations and it doesn’t have to be like this. Imagine a spiritual community that inspires our youngest generations in terms of:

  • Who they are: Children of God who have the capacity to change the world.
  • Who God is: the One who gives them all they need to make the earth more like heaven.
  • What the Church is: the community that supports, empowers, and releases them to make a difference in this life.

Can we be that Church? Or will we continue to exemplify a community full of judgment and injustice that our youngest generations shun?

I spent Wednesday with several Youth Ministers and they are excited to share with youth members the possibilities of making a difference in the world because that’s who God created us to be.

Maybe those adults who are resigning from their pre-COVID jobs will be inspired to be that kind of Church. Thank you Youth Ministers with an eye on the way things could be.

Image of Myers Park Presbyterian Church Youth at Montreat, NC Youth Conference in 2019.

Remember that Church with the Infamous Banners?

At first people wondered how a church could be so culturally clueless to have banners for Worship, Teaching, and Friends lined up in such a way to spell a common acronym for profanity not to be spoken by Good Church People. (Note: please forgive me if even the reference to this offends you but bear with me here.)

The church in question is in Albuequerque and originally it was called Village Church. Then it was called Copper Pointe Church. Now it’s called Citizen Church. It’s was or still is an Assemblies of God congregation. And the WTF banners line up was not an accident.

Was it a gimmick to draw attention to the building? Maybe? Yes? The Institutional Church has often used gimmicks and other marketing tools to attract attention to itself through the years. I’m not a fan of this..

So, hear me out regarding what many people consider words unbecoming a follower of Jesus. As I talk with Millennials and Gen Zs – and even with older generations, there is a strong sense of hopelessness in the world.

At the end of conversations about college debt, climate change, health care inequities, police violence, systemic racism, opioid addiction, rural poverty, education inequities, and rampant terrorism, I often ask my younger conversation partners, “Where do you see hope?” I need to hear words of hope as much as they do.

The Church of Jesus Christ is about hope even in the throes of hopelessness. Jesus touched the untouchables and took on the Powers. Jesus healed those with broken spirits and broken bodies. Jesus spoke words about how we treat those who are seen as “the least of these” in this world. Jesus both raised and was raised from the dead.

Jesus has a lot to say to a world in which too many people look around and want to scream WTF. Jesus especially has things to say to those of us who are offended by that acronym but not by the fact that hundreds of thousands of children are hungry every day. Many of us are more offended by the f-word than the fact that rich children can get cancer treatment while poor children cannot.

Some would say that – considering what God’s intention for creation is – this is f-ed up. Again, please forgive me for offending those who are surprised I’d even type that “f.” If it makes it easier, imagine I’m channeling Eleanor in The Good Place.

So back to the church banners. This is a congregation which has apparently tried different things, including an assortment of church names. Maybe their WTF banner line up was gimmick-y. Or maybe it was an intentional outreach to those for whom that term feels like they feel.

I get this. I long for a church that’s a community of Wonder, Transformation, and Faith. I dream of a church that considers with every gathering . . .

  • How are we expanding our wonder for the God who created the heavens and the earth?
  • Who or what was transformed and how?
  • How did our faith in God grow?

I want a church that invites “I wonder” questions.

I can imagine a church that seeks to transform the world for good in the name of Jesus Christ.

I long for a church that marks its success in how our spiritual growth is deepened.

What is your dream for the Church of Jesus?

Nobody Knows What We’re Talking About

I was driving by a church building in Charlotte last week and the marquee in front of the sanctuary said “ELCA!

This is not a post against Lutherans. Some of my best friends are Lutherans, as they say, and I would have had the same reaction if the sign had said PCUSA! UMC! RCA!

Insider knowledge: The ELCA stands for Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, not to be confused with the LCMS which stands for Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. The ELCA ordains women and gay people. The Missouri Synod does not. Anyway . . .

I had a visceral reaction to the ELCA! sign – that was probably intensified by my personal COVID-related stress quotient – in that I. Was. Enraged. Seriously, I felt deep rage, and I would have felt the same rage if the sign had “shouted” any other denominational acronym.

I would probably love that ELCA congregation in terms of the people but their church sign exemplifies one of those enormous Adventures In Missing The Point that makes The Silent Generation say things like “Where are all the young people?” while Generation Z shrugs. Also most other generations shrug.

This is Church on most Sundays where I live, (And I live in the Bible Belt.)

  • People gather for a 15 minute Bento Zoom to focus on being intentional this week regarding personal and community goals.
  • People gather en masse to coffee shops with their babies and dogs to hang out with friends who also have babies and dogs.
  • Brunch at the craft breweries is extremely popular.
  • Physician Moms are meeting for an online coffee to comfort each other during COVID and share the craziest stories they heard last week. (My own doctor participates in these. Last week’s crazy story: that the COVID vaccine causes infertility in young adult women which is ridiculous.)

I could go on and on, but I want to get to my point: the average person doesn’t know and doesn’t care that our church is ELCA or ECOP or AoG or LDS or AME or REC. Adding an exclamation point after the initials doesn’t inspire excitement. It looks a little ridiculous and it screams: “Nobody Knows What We’re Talking About.”

I served a congregation for many years that was established in 1947 and it grew to 1000 members within two years because 1) everyone was grateful that we beat the Nazis, 2) everybody was having babies and wanted preschools, Sunday schools, and Vacation Bible schools, and 3) if you built it, they would come.

Congregations established just 30 years later may or may not have thrived. Citizens of the U.S. were not necessarily on the same page in the early 1970s when it came to fighting wars in other parts of the world. And our young leaders were being assassinated.

Congregations established in the 1990s were often established because of growth in the suburbs. More than one congregation has told me that “it was the Presbytery who wanted to put a church here.” In other words, there was not a core group of believers who organically wanted to be The Church together.

I don’t know how to start new worshipping communities today but I do know how it won’t happen. It won’t happen based on what we put on church signs. It won’t happen because people are looking for a church. (Okay, yes there are people who move into the community and immediately look for a church. I live in Charlotte, NC – the birthplace of Billy Graham. But of the 21,000 people who moved to Charlotte since March 2020, I’m going to guess that most of them have not joined traditional churches.) For towns and cities whose residents are moving away, churches are getting even smaller.

Yes, there are exceptions. But even the most conservative, evangelical congregations are losing members.

What we’ve also lost: an understanding that whether people are “in church” or not, they have spiritual lives and they crave meaning and they want to serve their communities. How can we be The Church for a totally different time? It’s all in the relationships. We can’t be the Church with and for people we don’t understand.

One Sign of Health: Laughter in Meetings

Our staff had an especially long meeting last week and – according to consensus – it was a great gathering. There was the sharing of information, there were honest mental health check-ins, there were ideas generated and there was laughter. Lots.

How much laughter is happening in your staff meetings, board meetings, officer meetings, social gatherings? Sometimes when HH (who is also a pastor) is in a Zoom meeting in the next room, I’ll hear gales of laughter and I know it’s a good meeting. It indicates to me that there is love in the room. It indicates that people are on the same page in terms of their mission (e.g. We laugh at all those moments when people are completely missing the point of Church.) We laugh to keep from crying sometimes.

If there is never any laughter, if we leave meetings feeling like we need a drink, if we can’t sleep after an evening meeting, if life is all-intensity-all-the-time then something is not healthy. I’m not saying that there is never pain or dread or handwringing from time to time. But when we who sit around a table together can’t laugh at the absurdities of leading the Church in these days, we have lost something.

Funny story: I got a phone call recently from a church member somewhere (I don’t even know which congregation) complaining that “An Asian Lady” in her congregation had brought “An Asian Flower Arrangement” for the chancel on Sunday morning. And “it didn’t look right.”

Complaining Church Lady explained that she had told her pastor about this transgression and he said, “He didn’t care.” (Probably not his exact words or maybe they were especially if Pastor was coming off a night of sitting with someone dying of COVID or the church treasurer had just resigned.)

My official questions as a Mid-Council Leader in the Presbyterian Church USA denomination:

  • What is an Asian Flower Arrangement?*
  • Did Jesus die for this?

It might have been the end of a long day for me but I think I told Complaining Church Lady to get on her knees and thank God that someone was generous enough to share beautiful flowers with her congregation on a summer Sunday. And how wonderful that they were — apparently — an especially fresh and creative arrangement.

Thanks be to God.

I laughed with people about this story last week, not because I was mocking the CCL, but because we are all very strange humans and we need to get our priorities straight. Every one of us.

And we need to get on our knees and thank God that grace abounds for each of us. Have a wonderful weekend and I hope there will be laughter.

*If you google Asian Flower Arrangements, you’ll find that it really is a particular kind of style of arranging flowers. And it’s appropriate and lovely for any church setting FTR.

Image of people laughing during an important ecclesiastical rite of passage.

Absorbing the Grief

It’s the temptation of clergy and first responders and therapists and teachers and social workers and helpers everywhere: we absorb the grief of the people we serve. The closer we are to the vagaries of human life, the more grief we witness. And many of us feel it. We absorb it.

COVID has been an inconvenience, a bad news story, and a global usurper of normal life. And if we didn’t notice it before, we surely notice now: it is also a grief generator. The layers of grief that COVID has created are countless. Even the extreme weather has contributed to that feeling of being overwhelmed.

Few of us can let this deep grief just fall off our shoulders. We need to take gentle care of ourselves. That is my prayer for you and for me today.

God is with us whether we believe that or not. I hope this soothes you as much as it soothes me.

We Love Big Numbers (And Smaller Numbers Worry Us)

Sunday morning worship numbers are down. There’s no denying it, my friends.

With COVID protocols relaxing a bit, some congregations have “come back” to in-person services but most have not returned. Not yet.

Since late spring, I’ve worshipped with twenty people, with ten people, and with eight people in three different congregations although their memberships are officially much larger. I’ve also worshipped in groups of 100+ people with distancing and in all those cases, the people sitting in church sanctuaries are just a fraction of those on the church rolls.

Most churches are also offering virtual worship and there’s no definitive way to count virtual participants. Some people note their “attendance” in Facebook comments. Some offer a thumbs up on Youtube. But all in all, the numbers are down. More are worshipping online than in person, but still, the numbers are down.

Why is this important? Because big numbers = success to most of us. Numbers = viability for a congregation. Numbers = Financial Security.

Again I quote Yancey Strickler:

“Today the world is dominated by an idea I call ‘financial maximization.’ The belief is that in any decision, the right choice is whichever option makes the most money. This is the default setting that runs much of the world.”

If people at the top who already have lots of money can make even more money by laying off workers, or giving the job of two people to one person, or razing affordable housing to build expensive housing, or eliminating the last of a community’s green space to development – great. Good for them IF making more money is what matters the most.

And also, if making more money is what matters most, then other sweet things like our love lives, our family lives, our health, our community relationships, our sense of safety, our spiritual lives, and pretty much everything else, might suffer.

What I’m not saying: That money is bad and profits are bad.

Yay for money and profits because they allow us to have tools to do great things like have homes and cars and education and healthcare and vacations and impactful non-profits like houses of worship. It’s just that when making the most money regardless of who gets hurt or left behind is the most important thing, we find ourselves living lives that don’t look like the lives we were created to live.

And this brings me to Church and numbers again.

I wrote before that The Mother of All Culture Shifts is the shift from doing ministry to gain new members to doing ministry to serve our neighbors. For example, some church leaders believe that the success of a church preschool or a church after school program or a church clothing closet can be measured in terms of “how many people joined” as a result of those ministries. We want people to join so that our numbers will increase and subsequently our financial donations will increase.

This is the opposite of what Jesus taught.

If a church member ever asks you, “Why are we distributing free food to people who live in the next county? They are never going to join our church” please 1) slap your forehead and then 2) remind them about The Great Commission of Jesus’ Disciples and the Shema and The Golden Rule and Matthew 25.

A world whose first priority is financial maximization will not get it. Why should I give my COVID tax relief check to my congregation to fill a food pantry for the neighbors when I could enjoy a fancy meal? Why should this business make a generous donation to the men’s shelter so that they can replace the roof? Why should we work for teacher salary increases when we don’t have children in public schools? Why should we keep driving our old car and increase our pledge to our church for a capital campaign to expand our preschool?

Again financial stability is good. In fact, it is a basic right for all God’s people. But the divide in our country between the very rich and the very poor along with the financial stresses of everyone in between will destroy this country if we let it continue. And it will destroy our souls.

I sound really preachy today, don’t I? But what I love about Yancey Strickler’s work is that he believes we can be a more generous people – both in terms of money and priorities. This is a huge issue for the Church which doesn’t need money for doing ministry in a survival mode. Money is a tool we can use to expand the reign of God and bring resurrection to those seeking life’s meaning.

Life’s meaning is about love. Money and people are two ways to spread that love.

Is Our Strategy a Hail Mary?

Not surprisingly, the term “Hail Mary” – meaning a go-for-broke football pass – originated at the University of Notre Dame.

Basically, when time is running out and choices are limited, the quarterback in a football game decides to throw what is essentially a desperation shot. My favorite Hail Marys happen during college games but the term became more common after Roman Catholic QB Roger Staubach confessed to throwing and praying “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee” during his professional career.

It’s a mouthful to pray while throwing a football.

Protestants often join our Roman Catholic siblings in praying during sporting events although this is theologically shaky. And what we Protestants also do alongside our Roman Catholic siblings is throw proverbial Hail Marys.

For example, a Church might . . .

  • Use the last of its endowment to start a much-needed preschool,
  • Generously increase the pastoral salary package in hopes of calling an especially gifted leader who will help move them forward.
  • Decide to take its underused parking lot and build affordable housing in that space.
  • Sell their building and property and give all their money to start a jobs-training program.

Just kidding. Most of the congregations I know will not do those things.

Instead, we sit back and hope that a miracle lands in our laps – that young families will magically come, that a great pastor will show up to lead them, that they will be able to do life-changing mission one day. Hope is our strategy. And while I’m a big fan of hope, God gives us what we need to be The Church but we don’t always acknowledge those gifts.

In the words of entrepreneur Yancey Strickler (yes, that guy again):

Hope isn’t a plan. When a Hail Mary is the strategy, you’ve already lost. And yet on the big questions in front of us, we act as if there’s nothing worth working toward.

I have a friend who used to pray for a husband. She prayed a lot. And she never went out to parties or other social gatherings, she never approached interesting people to find out about their lives, she never participated in events where she might meet someone. It was as if – if she prayed hard enough – God would fly the right person through her window.

God gives us opportunities and tools and inspiration to expand our ministry every day. It’s just that we ignore those things. Instead we sit back and hope. And the most heartbreaking part is that we act as if there is nothing worth working toward.

How about working toward expanding The Reign of God? Remember this:

‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’
Luke 4:18,19

Is this worth working toward? I believe that if this is the purpose and mission of our congregations, there will be no need for last minute desperate measures.

Yes, there is hope. And love hopes all things. And love is an action.

It’s time for action, Church. What is our strategy for loving God and loving our neighbors?

Image of Doug Flutie throwing his famous Hail Mary for Boston College against The University of Miami in 1984 during the last second of that game. BC won 47-45.

What I’ve Learned About Money and Ministry

First of all, I’m in search of people who would like to read/re-read Yancey Strickler’s book This Could Be Our Future: A Manifesto for a More Generous World. Seriously. Email and we’ll do this in late August/September together. No more space for book group. Thanks for your response, friends.

I don’t agree with everything Yancey Strickler says, but I’m basically in, in terms of this manifesto. (Churches call them Mission Statements and – sometimes – they don’t mean much.) Secondly, as an English major who never learned anything about managing or making money from my parents (fodder for a longer post), I am now obsessed with the topic of money and ministry.

Things we need to know about money and I hope you knew this decades ago:

  • Budgets are moral/mission documents. When I look at my Mint account, I can tell fairly quickly what my and HH’s priorities are. We love subscriptions to newspapers, magazines and movie streaming. We like to eat out. We like to travel. We also like to give money away and we definitely have a profile in terms of what we support financially.
  • Supporting organizations financially is about investment – not survival. We invest in things that make an impact where we live and beyond. We invest in organizations that bring hope.
  • Investment is not just about money. It’s boring to send a check with no skin in the game. It’s the 1950s way of “doing mission.” Church people send checks to a hospital in Asia or a school in Central America or a well-drilling project in Africa and that’s the extent of our efforts. There are no relationships. There is no proximity to the issues at hand. Investment is about personal relationships and partnerships with those on the ground where the need is greatest.
  • Church leaders need financial education. We are – generally speaking – a bunch of humanities people. We need to educate ourselves about budgets. Nothing in the Bible suggests that we who believe can sit back and wait for the funds to appear magically.
  • Tell people what’s needed. When we started a new church in Northern Virginia comprised mostly of young adults, we tried to have a money talk once a quarter about the needs of our community. One night, a couple joined us for the first time and as we were finishing up our money conversation, someone said, “Well, they’ll never be back again.” Actually, they were back the next week and they stayed because they loved that we were talking money openly. What exactly were we talking about? Relational tithing. Someone needed a car and we made it happen. Someone needed help with rent and we took care of it.

We have been in a scarcity mode or in a sentimental mode for a long time. We now look at what the post-pandemic Church might look like and we are afraid “nobody is coming back.” We fail to re-think our staffing or our programs because “we love Ms. Betty and even though she can’t play the piano anymore, we keep her on staff” or “we keep doing The Peach Festival even though it loses money every summer but Mr. Joe loves that Peach Festival.” We give $50 to this organization and $100 to that organization because that is what we’ve always done even though our meager donation doesn’t make much of an impact and that organization doesn’t make much of an impact either.

So who wants to do a Zoom Book Study with me about becoming a more generous world? Please email me or share your email in the comments. And have a life-changing Monday.

Image of Yancey Strickler’s book. He’s one of the co-founders of Kickstarter.