Nov 8, 2013

Stewardship 2014

I am proud of our church. As we enter into a time to underwrite our ministry budget for 2014 we have already given sacrificially to our church’s capital fund’s campaign: “We Are Here for Good.” It takes a lot of vision to plan for the future and pay for the current moment—all at the same time. Yet, I am confident that the question below is one that our FUMC of Arlington congregation has answered by its faithfulness. Read what a well-known academic writes about the “values war:”

Joan Konner, the dean of the Columbia School of Journalism, said there is a war going on in this country over values. On the one side there are those who say the highest value is private gain. On the other the highest value is social responsibility. On one side the highest value is personal ambition. On the other side the highest value is the commonwealth, the common good. On one side those who say life is measured quantitatively. That is to say, how much you have accumulated, like the rich, young ruler. On the other side are those who say life measured qualitatively, how much you can enrich life for yourself, for others, and for future generations.

It can be boiled down to this: Is life measured by what you get, or by what you give?



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