The Compassionaries Blog was created to inspire church leaders to remember their passion for and to think more deeply about compassion ministry. It is meant to cultivate greater interest in compassion ministry as a priority of the local church with the realistic potential of using the Inasmuch model in readers’ churches.

 

David’s Last Blog

Today is December 30 . . . which means tomorrow is my last official day as an employee of Operation Inasmuch. Writing blogs every other week has been a routine part of my work for a couple of years, and I have enjoyed it. First, I enjoy writing. Second, these blogs have “forced” me to […]

7 Levels of Serving Others

What’s the best way to serve others? There is no shortage of opinions about that.  Does it matter? All serving has value, but some produces better outcomes. December is the giving time of year. More people give and givers give more during Christmas. Then maybe it would be worthwhile to consider the various ways we […]

A True Compassionary

We have said “Goodbye” to a true compassionary in the last few days—Rosalynn Carter. The celebrations of her life have been a sweet break from the chaos and negativity that dominate the news cycle these days. It would not surprise you that I steer clear of anything political in these blogs. It’s just not worth […]

Serving Others was Center Stage in the First Thanksgiving

My wife and I just returned from a short vacation in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. While there, we visited the Plimouth-Patuxet [their spelling] Museum in Plymouth, MA. We toured a recreated Wampanoag Indian village and a recreated English settlement that represents the “plantation” the pilgrims built at Plymouth. From the costumed guides we encountered at the […]

Top 13 of 50 Ways To Do Well While Doing Good

In my reading, I have learned of an article published by Forbes several years ago, “50 Ways to Do Well While Doing Good,” by Bruce Kasanoff, ghostwriter for entrepreneurs, executives, and social innovators. It’s an impressive list of ways to do good—simple, practical, somewhat challenging, and many transformative. Because the list relates so closely to […]

Elder Wisdom for Serving Others

In doing research for the Compassionaries book, I ran across an 80-something grandmother who devotes almost all of her “free time” to serving others. Her name is Louise Jackson. She volunteers in various capacities and often answers people who question whether she should be working so hard at her age. Ms. Jackson’s response is: “This […]

One Sentence Sermon

Really?! A whole sermon in one sentence? How can that be? It can . . . and is. What’s more, it’s just the kind of sermon a lot of listeners of sermons have yearned for—one sentence instead of several pages of theological rambling or ethical pronouncements or long-winded, homiletical speech. But it’s not what you […]

Compassionary Church

When I hear good stories of churches fulfilling Christ’s instructions to be compassionate, I want to share them as an encouragement for other churches to follow suit. The story below is such a story, taking place literally half a mile from the Inasmuch office. My source is the July 14 issue of The Call, the […]

The Working Poor

I volunteer at a local benevolent organization because I think it’s important to practice what I preach. I work with people who come to the organization asking for food, help with utilities or rent, or information where they can get help for any number of needs. I am constantly amazed at the trying circumstances in […]

Can You Make A Difference?

You’re watching your favorite TV show when a commercial for world hunger comes on. Images of badly malnourished children appear on the screen . . . one after another after another. You are moved by these pictures and feel sadness, sympathy, and maybe compassion. You see and hear the appeal to give to an organization […]

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