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  • Proper 27B (2015)

    by Brendan Byrne
  • Endless Supply (2016)

    by Jerry Carpenter
  • Proper 5C (2016)

    by Michael Chan
  • Proper 27B (2015)

    by Delmer Chilton
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    "My Mother died a year ago; she lived the last eleven years of her life as a widow, and a relatively poor one at that – she got by on less money than many people waste in a year. And yet she was a generous person. I used to call her once or twice a week. One time I called and she was out and I left a message. She called back and said, 'Sorry I wasn’t here when you called. I was out taking food to the old people in the church.' I said, 'Mama, you’re 83. Who are the “old people”?''..."

  • Proper 27B (2015)

    by Steed Davidson
  • Proper 27B (2015)

    by John Fairless
  • Hannah's Anchor

    Video Starter by Nikki Hardeman
  • Proper 27B (2015)

    by Phil Heinze
  • God's Care for the Widow

    Narrative Podcast with Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester and Kathryn Schifferdecker
  • Voice of the Silenced

    by Kate Matthews
  • The Benefits of Lifestyle Stewardship

    by Jim McCrea
    In 1984, a man named Duncan Edmonds was serving as the chief policy advisor to the Canadian Government’s Minister of Defence. Shortly after beginning that job, he accompanied his boss on an official mission to West Germany.
    While in Europe, he became concerned that his boss chose to visit a West German strip club while carrying secret NATO documents. Edmonds saw that as being a significant security risk and so he reported the incident to Canada’s Prime Minster... As a result, that Minister of Defence was fired from his job due to his lapse of judgment. But that wasn’t all. Edmonds was rewarded for his concern by also being fired by the Prime Minister, who wasn’t pleased that Edmonds had made his administration look bad in the public eye. The Prime Minister didn’t stop there, he blackballed Edmonds from getting any government job to make sure it wouldn’t happen again. Life is not always easy for a whistleblower.
  • What Then Should We Do?

    by Jim McCrea
    One of the saddest stories in the history of the state of New York is that of the Wendel family. John G Wendel I, was a very successful furrier who married a woman in the Astor family in the early 1800’s. By the year 1900, the family fortune was estimated to be $50 million. That’s roughly equivalent to $1.3 billion dollars today. In spite of that vast wealth, John G Wendel II managed to prevent five of his six sisters from marrying, presumably because he wanted to keep the family fortune intact. Here they were, blessed with vast wealth that could have greatly enriched their own lives as well as the lives of many, many others. However, they chose to spend almost none of their fortune. They lived in the same house in Manhattan for more than 50 years — a house that had been built in 1854. Bathrooms were added, but that was the only concession to modern amenities. They had no electricity and no telephone. When the last sister died in 1931, her estate was valued at more than $100 million. That’s roughly $1.57 billion in modern terms. Yet her only dress was one she had made for herself and then proceeded to wear for the next 25 years. The truth is that the Wendel family had such a powerful compulsion to hold on to their possessions that they chose to live like paupers...One of the saddest stories in the history of the state of New York is that of the Wendel family. John G Wendel I, was a very successful furrier who married a woman in the Astor family in the early 1800’s. By the year 1900, the family fortune was estimated to be $50 million. That’s roughly equivalent to $1.3 billion dollars today. In spite of that vast wealth, John G Wendel II managed to prevent five of his six sisters from marrying, presumably because he wanted to keep the family fortune intact. Here they were, blessed with vast wealth that could have greatly enriched their own lives as well as the lives of many, many others. However, they chose to spend almost none of their fortune. They lived in the same house in Manhattan for more than 50 years — a house that had been built in 1854. Bathrooms were added, but that was the only concession to modern amenities. They had no electricity and no telephone. When the last sister died in 1931, her estate was valued at more than $100 million. That’s roughly $1.57 billion in modern terms. Yet her only dress was one she had made for herself and then proceeded to wear for the next 25 years. The truth is that the Wendel family had such a powerful compulsion to hold on to their possessions that they chose to live like paupers...
  • Inexhaustible Gifts

    by Glenn Monson
  • Proper 5C (2016)

    from Prison Lectionary
  • Insiders and Outsiders

    by Gregory Rawn
  • Hope, Purity and Sacrificial Living

    by Porter Taylor
    "A man lived in France during the pre-revolutionary and revolutionary periods of the early 1800's. This man was in dire need one day: his sister's child had no food to eat, as they were poor, and so he broke a window and stole a loaf of bread. Jean Valjean paid for this crime by serving on the chain gang for a long 19 years. Once his sentence had been fulfilled he re-entered the world with a chip on his shoulder and a score to settle: the world owed him greatly for the hell he had been put through, all for a loaf of bread..."
  • Proper 27B (2018)

    by Lisa Thompson
  • Proper 5C (2016)

    by Vicki Vaughn
  • Images of Elijah

    Compiiled by Jenee Woodard
  • Movies/Scenes Representing Generosity

    Compiled by Jenee Woodard

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  • Veterans and Stewards

    by Peter Gomes
  • The Widow's Hand

    by Heidi Neumark
  • The Eighth Day

    by Kathryn Greene-McCreight
    ("Both of my parents died last August. It fell to my husband, my brother and me to clear out their cottage. I came across a large photo of my father, who was a pastor for 60 years of his life. It was a candid shot, taken first thing in the morning on a parish retreat. He is sitting up in bed in his pajamas, against his pillows and half-covered by blankets...")