Category Archives: Development

Do you Love Yourself? Stewardship in Emerging Economies

By: Barbara Shantz, TWR’s Global Development Liaison: Texts: Matthew 22:35-40; Luke 18: 18-27 When speaking about stewardship in emerging nations, I’m often puzzled to observe local believers who trust that believers from the West have correct biblical answers for most things, including money. Worse yet is the observation that some from the West believe it, too! These situations remind me of Matthew 22, in which we read a string of theocratic legal questions .

“Be Transformed” – Rethinking an Overused Word

One of the most overused and abused words in our modern vocabulary is ‘transformation’. We use it to describe everything from weight loss to the effects of new kitchen cabinets. I fear that by our overuse of it we have robbed it of its radical meaning. To be ‘formed’ means to be given a distinctive shape with a specific function.  From there we can be re-formed, which implies we have lost the original form .

Five Things They Never Told Me About Christian Fundraising

What’s so Christian about the way we do our fundraising?  Is Christian fundraising nothing more than secular fundraising with some Bible verses strewn throughout our appeal letters?  I have been wrestling with these questions over my career wanting to understand what our Christian theology has to do with our fundraising strategies and techniques.  As a result, I discovered five things that I believe mark us as distinctly Christian fundraisers, and change dramatically the way .