Enough, Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins Theology: Enough Is As Good As a Feast

Brandon Devotional

The Disney classic Mary Poppins turned 20 and came out of the vault when I was seven years old and going through a phase of life in which I was convinced I should be allowed to have a pet penguin… in Kentucky. When it was re-released from the vault again on its 40th anniversary, I bought a DVD copy so my two-year-old …

Ransom

The Two Big Lies Money Tells

Brandon Devotional

If “money talks,” then money most certainly lies. Jesus, who never had much money and never depended on having any warned in the parable of the sower that “the deceitful pleasures of riches che the word so that it can’t produce anything.” (Matthew 13:22 GW) Can money really be deceptive? It’s it morally neutral? The truth is, the origin of money’s …

Giver

Acknowledging the Ultimate Gift Giver

Brandon Devotional

James, the brother of Jesus, once said, “Every good present and every perfect gift comes from above, from the Father…” (James 1:17 GW) All the stuff we possess is a gift from God, and failing to recognize Him as the Giver is to miss the opportunity to glorify Him in our lives and in the world. Acknowledging and thanking God as the Giver does two things …

Talking About Money

Why Talk About Money at Church?

Brandon Devotional

As a Pastor, I’m well aware of how many people have the assumption that “all Pastors want to talk about is money.” The funny thing is, after twenty years in ministry and communicating regularly with thousands of pastors, I can firmly assert that talking about money is one of our least favorite things to do, especially in our culture where …