5 Tips for Telling Powerful Stories of Impact

Jesus was a great storyteller. He didn’t use fancy power points, brochures, or video. He invited his audience into stories. Stories paint a picture that capture our hearts and minds. Any leader who wants to encourage a team, invite people to volunteer, give, or be involved in advancing justice should explore the power of story.…

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The Gospel according to Scrooge

Years ago, as a little child, my mother took me to a production the Jesus People Church was doing of The Gospel According to Scrooge. More than an intriguing title, the musical was an adaptation of Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol with a focus on the gospel of transformation. The captivating and convicting story of Scrooge…

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Is there really Liberty and Justice for all?

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I have visited more than 40 countries in the world, and I love America. We have many freedoms to celebrate this 4th of July.  If you live in America, you are one of the fortunate 4% of the world’s population. But every generation must advocate to maintain and expand our freedom.  You are not free…

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Should Christians be involved in doing justice?

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A disturbing trend has slipped into the church lately, spotlighted by the pandemic and the 2020 election. We have allowed justice to become political, rather than biblical. What are Christians to do? Is it possible to seek justice for our vulnerable neighbors and hold tightly to the gospel? How do we put God’s agenda for…

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How to Advance the Dream of the Poor People’s Campaign

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is best known for his civil rights advocacy.  But Dr. King recognized his dream of freedom and equality for all would never be realized unless poverty was challenged.  He began the poor people’s campaign to shine a light on economic inequality but was assassinated before he could advance the cause. …

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Expanded Tax Benefits Help You Support Charity This Year.

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Christmas is why we give.  God so loved you he gave his one and only son (Jn. 3:16).  But there is nothing wrong with being a good steward and taking advantage of some year-end tax opportunities. New Tax Deductions for People Who Don’t Itemize The CARES Act passed earlier this year provides a one-time above…

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A Shot of Hope for Christmas this Year!

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The Coronavirus vaccine rolled out this week. We watched Vice President Mike Pence and health care workers receive a shot of hope.  Congress is likely to pass a bipartisan bill providing an additional shot of economic hope this Christmas.  But the greatest shot of hope is not given at Christmas – it IS Christmas. The…

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How to both give and receive justice now!

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Tuesday, December 1, is Giving Tuesday.   The pandemic continues to impact all of us, but the poor are hit hardest.  They need access to justice for safety, stability, health, and opportunity.   You have the chance to make a difference.  Here is the impact you have when you give.  And here is an opportunity for you…

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How can I be Thankful in an Unjust World?

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Pandemics, elections, racial tensions, economic instability.  These are the circumstances we are living in right now.  All of which are fraught with uncertainty.  Amidst all this uncertainty, it can feel difficult to be thankful as we approach Thanksgiving.  How could Paul write: “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ…

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