The Bountiful and Sparing Sowers

Janelle Koolhaas

READ : 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 The one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. (v. 6) Elizabeth wrote about this very passage in her essay on generosity for my ethics class. In her reflection, she tuned into the what-goes-around-comes-around attitude towards money in her Mexican culture, but warned against taking advantage of it. “Giving is not a business!” she wrote. She clearly was thinking of the hidden motives behind the giving of some who hope for a “good return” on …

A Good Reversal

Janelle Koolhaas

READ : 2 Corinthians 8:13-14 Your present abundance, and their need . . . (v. 13) Your present abundance, and their need . . . In my carefully prepared lesson on godly stewardship for ethics class, I explained in detail how burdened American culture is with debt. I asked my students if they felt that there was any great problem of debt in their society. Without hesitating, they gave a resounding no! I was perturbed; in my short two years …

Good Grief!

Janelle Koolhaas

READ : 2 Corinthians 7:10 Grief . . . that leads to salvation . . . (v. 10) My Spanish tutor and I would often ramble curiously between the grammatical and the spiritual. I could tell that he desired to be a “good person,” but he also carried around significant shame for many of his actions. This left him with no resort but the empty promises of superstition and outward religion to mask the decay in his heart. I acknowledged …

A Noble Appeal

Janelle Koolhaas

READ : 2 Corinthians 7:1 Since we have these promises . . . (v. 1) I was chatting with a neighbor, and upon his discovery that I am a missionary, our conversation inevitably turned to “religious things.” I asked him if he’d ever gone to church, and he said “yes,” but that “church just had too many rules,” and so he’d given up on it. So many people reject a relationship with God because of the idea that spirituality has …