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Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Economy, Nonprofit, Work | 1 comment

The “Culture Hole” in Our Annual Giving

The “Culture Hole” in Our Annual Giving

  So many charities, so many choices. This time of year, year-end fundraising appeals pour into our mailboxes. How are we to decide between the many worthy nonprofit causes that are asking for financial support? If you’re anything like Kelly (my wife) and me, you have to make this choice carefully. We’ve set aside a certain amount each year in our charitable giving budget, and we want our donor dollars to make an impact. For us, there are two giving categories that won’t budge anytime soon: the local church and the poor. We believe we have both a duty and a joyful opportunity to support our local church (Littleton Christian Church) as it proclaims the gospel to our community and nonprofits like HOPE International that are serving the poor and marginalized throughout the world. I believe these two categories should be universal priorities for Christians. But I think many Christians have often overlooked a third category for charitable giving: culture. Actually, I believe the culture category is necessary considering...

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Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Denver Institute for Faith & Work

Denver Institute for Faith & Work

In late 2012 I resolved to create new nonprofit called Denver Institute for Faith & Work. The following is a letter I sent to friends and family in January 2013 explaining my idea. Dear Friends and Family, I’m writing to share with you a new project that I am launching in 2013 along with several good friends. I’m creating a new nonprofit organization called Denver Institute for Faith & Work that helps people integrate their faith and work. Why faith and work? Well, there are several reasons. First, we spend the majority of our waking hours at work, yet most struggle to relate the two worlds of faith and work.  God calls most believers to secular work – electricians, account managers, teachers, homemakers, engineers – yet many are stuck in the sacred/secular divide, or isolated from other believers in their fields. One of my favorite theologians, Lesslie Newbigin, has said,  “And we need to create, above all, possibilities in every congregation for laypeople to share with one another the...

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