Bone-deep generosity has nothing to do with means and everything to do with desire.
Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson's book is a tale of two ways of life: with generosity and without.
Peter Leithart’s book can be seen as one long act of ingratitude. Sometimes, he seems to be saying it is more blessed to reject than to receive.
We know about all of the shifts in communication and technology, but there are also huge changes when it comes to giving money. Younger generations often think much differently when it comes to finances and budgeting, and we should think differently as a church as well.
2 Corinthians 8 contains the only New Testament reference, outside the infancy narratives, to Jesus being poor.
One of my seminary teachers once said that if you can’t think of anything original to preach, you should tell Bible stories—they have enough power to turn people’s hearts toward God. This may not work with every text, but it certainly works with the drama and wisdom of the story of Naboth and the story of the woman who washes Jesus’ feet with her tears.