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  • La. church 'conduit for what God gives us'

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, April 03, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Fairview Baptist Church
    COUSHATTA, La. -- The Cooperative Program came up during last month's meeting of the missions committee at Fairview Baptist Church in Coushatta.

    The group was discussing a parachurch sports ministry Fairview Coushatta has financially assisted for several years. When a person raised a question about the amount necessary for assistance, pastor Matt Endris took the opportunity to show some of the benefits of Cooperative Program giving. Read More

  • Object lesson reaps rewards for hurricane relief

    by Sheila Allen/Northwest Baptist Witness, posted Friday, March 16, 2018 (5 months ago)

    GRESHAM, Ore. (BP) -- A hands-on Bible lesson took on a life of its own for 10-year-old Dallas Claytor after attending Sunday services with his parents and sister.

    Young Dallas heard pastor Keith Evans of Pathway Church in Gresham, Ore., preach about the parable of the talents. Evans used unmarked envelopes of money to hand out to unsuspecting volunteers during the sermon in denominations of $10, $20 and $50 each. He then asked each recipient to use the money to bless or encourage someone in coming days.

    "I got the envelope with $50 in it," Claytor said. "The pastor wanted us to multiply the money and make God proud. I was shocked." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Christmas acts of kindness

    by Anthony L. Jordan, posted Friday, December 08, 2017 (8 months ago)

    Anthony Jordan sets forth ideas for generous giving and ministry to others that can lift a family's Christmas joy beyond society's holiday focus on retail materialism. Read More

  • Charitable giving up from previous year, ECFA finds

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, December 06, 2016 (one year ago)

    WINCHESTER, Va. (BP) -- Charitable donations to a diversity of Christian organizations including churches, schools and advocacy groups increased in 2015 over the previous year, according to the latest statistics released by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). Read More

  • At year's end, planned gift options abound

    by Leigh Anne Bowick, posted Thursday, December 01, 2016 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- In the midst of the tree-trimming, gift-wrapping and caroling, it can be easy to forget about year-end giving. Not only is this the most wonderful time of the year, it is also a wonderful time to consider the many ways to enjoy the tax and income benefits of charitable giving.

    When many people think of charitable giving, especially at year's end, they think of making a cash gift. However, there is another way. It's called a planned gift. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Beyond Giving Tuesday

    by Rick Lance, posted Tuesday, December 01, 2015 (2 years ago)

    After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Alabama's Rick Lance suggests that Giving Tuesday be "a time of consecrated and concentrated focus on giving to what makes a difference." Read More

  • Dakota farmer's legacy lesson in giving

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, May 13, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A small-town grain and cattle farmer's estate and charitable gifts to Southern Baptist Convention entities is a prime example of how everyone can support Southern Baptists, said Warren Peek, president of the Southern Baptist Foundation.

    Merv Goehring, a lifelong South Dakota farmer who served briefly in the U.S. Army, left gifts totaling more than $550,000 ... Read More

  • Informed, biblically-based giving advised

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, December 12, 2014 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- With many in the U.S. expected to give more money to charities this Christmas season, financial experts are advising a biblically based, focused and well-educated approach to charitable giving.

    Christians should be careful to give their gifts to charities that have proven to be responsible stewards of God's resources, said Williams Townes, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee vice president for convention finance. Read More

  • 'Giving Tuesday' & Mission:Dignity

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Thursday, November 20, 2014 (3 years ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- "Giving Tuesday," a global effort to support charitable giving following "Black Friday," "Small Business Saturday" and "Cyber Monday," can be an special opportunity to support Mission:Dignity, officials of GuideStone Financial Resources say. Read More

  • Tithing: What should the church teach its members about giving?

    by Ken Walker, posted Friday, July 11, 2003 (15 years ago)

    EDITOR'S NOTE: A recent study by researcher George Barna found that only 3 percent of Christians tithe -- a decrease from 8 percent in 2001. The principle of tithing, it seems, is not widely practiced as it once was and certainly is not widely understood as a critical form of worship.

          The following series of reports tackle several questions about tithing: Why should Christians tithe? What should a Christian do if his or her spouse objects to tithing? And, is the principle of tithing being taught in churches today?

          Baptist Press trusts that these reports will inform and equip our readers to understand that living faithfully includes giving faithfully.

    GAINESVILLE, Ga. (BP)--The news that tithing declined by about 62 percent last year presents the church with both a warning and a challenge, say several experts in Christian financial and seminary circles. Read More