40 Ideas for Keeping Lent Holy

40 Ideas for Keeping Lent Holy

Traditionally Lent is a time of self-denial, fasting, and penitence. However, there is no agreement on how it should be kept. Many Christians try to give up something: for instance, chocolate, Facebook or television. It’s even become a period to try and break bad habits. But do these things actually prepare us for the cross? Maybe. But what if we could give up our time, talents, and treasures not…

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A Glimpse Into Our Gatherings

Thanks to Shane Sandefur for shooting and editing this video. Hopefully it will give you a glimpse…

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The Charitable-Industrial Complex - NYTimes.com

Early on in our philanthropic journey, my wife and I became aware of something I started to call Philanthropic Colonialism. I noticed that a donor had the urge to “save the day” in some fashion. People (including me) who had very little knowledge of a particular place would think that they could solve a local problem. Whether it involved farming methods, education practices, job training or business development, over and over I would hear people discuss transplanting what worked in one setting directly into another with little regard for culture, geography or societal norms.

Often the results of our decisions had unintended consequences; distributing condoms to stop the spread of AIDS in a brothel area ended up creating a higher price for unprotected sex.

But now I think something even more damaging is going on.