Month: July 2014

Five Challenges Families Face

Five Challenges Families Face

  If you sometimes feel the joy of giving is elusive, you are not alone. Over the past 20 years we’ve had the opportunity to connect with hundreds of individuals, couples and families working with the issues that affect their philanthropy. While each individual and family’s situation is unique, we have found the following five challenges to be most universal. Time. The source of the most frus ...[Read More]

Carried into Exile

Carried into Exile

Mark Labberton, President of Fuller Theological Seminary, recently used the word “exile” in his address to the General Assembly of the PCUSA  to describe living faithfully as “a minority in a setting where we worship a peculiar God and do peculiar things.” In the current issue of First Things, Carl Trueman makes a case for reformed Christianity being the best place to ride out the immi ...[Read More]

Earthquakes in Diverse Places

Earthquakes in Diverse Places

I’m in Los Angeles this week serving as one of several mentors for a group of 12 organizations that are a part of Praxis, an accelerator program for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Similar to Echoing Green or the incubator Y Combinator, Praxis provides mentors, networks, seed funding and a year-long program to help faith-motivated social entrepreneurs who have, as Dave Blanchard ...[Read More]

An Unremarkable Life

An Unremarkable Life

If all I knew about my grandfather was what I read in his 1952 diary I might think he was a man whose life was a monotonous string of colorless days. My grandfather, Bunyan Smith, was a pastor in one of the poorest sections of Nashville, and I knew enough about his life as a preacher to expect that his diary would not likely be thrilling. However, I was completely unprepared for how unremarkable i ...[Read More]

The Love of the Game

The Love of the Game

It was a delight to see two amateurs, which literally means “those who do it for the love of it.” What drew them together was their love of the game.