Talks and Writings

Every conference begins with opening remarks and we’ve created an archive for those.  As well, introductions for speakers have been a way to give some added insight into the character and accomplishments of some extraordinary people.

Psalm 79: The Gathering in Scottsdale, AZ

In light of the events of this past week, I have decided to focus on Psalm 79. I want you to listen very carefully to what I am saying this morning as I may end up in a place that is different from where you think I am starting. First, let’s read the entire passage: O God, the heathen have invaded your land. They have desecrated your holy Temple and left Jerusalem in ruins. They left the bodies of ...[Read More]

The Present and Future of Religious Giving

The Present and Future of Religious Giving Philanthropy Roundtable Panel  Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Florida  Friday, October 29, 1999 The topic of “religious giving” is far too broad for my limited perspective and experience so I would ask your permission to allow me to focus on a particular area of religious giving.  It is where I spend my time and about which I have thought the most:  Protestant Eva ...[Read More]

Ten Steps To A Successful Giving Group

Ten Steps To A Successful Giving Group  “Listen carefully to what I am saying – and be wary of the shrewd advice that tells you how to get ahead in the world on your own.  Giving, not getting, is the way.  Generosity begets generosity.  Stinginess impoverishes.”  Mark 4:24-25 The basis for giving groups is two fold:  First, a genuine desire to become a joyful giver and, second, an openness to doin ...[Read More]