Gratitude is the Heart's Memory

By Steve Pierce | 11 February 2017

“Count your blessings!” my grandmother would advise as a way to contentment - and studies have since shown that she was right! Californian psychology professor Sonja Lyubomirsky invited students to write down five things for which they were grateful. Those who recorded gratitude each week showed a measurable rise in personal happiness.

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Giving Lessons

By Steve Pierce | 2 July 2010 | Comments (1)

Stewardship’s new teaching material – ‘Seasons of Giving’ – helps get to grips with one of the subjects we often struggle to talk about. Steve Pierce, Stewardship Head of Content, reports.

The problem with biblical teaching on money is that there is so much biblical teaching on money! Are we to bring our first fruits and rejoice in all the good things (Deuteronomy 26:11) or should we sell our possessions and give to the poor (Luke 12:33)?

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Remains of the Day

By Steve Pierce | 21 April 2010

Friday 23rd April is St George’s Day - shared with Lithuania, Boy Scouts, butchers, plague sufferers, chivalry and archers! It is also the 446th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. His legacy: the finest literature in the English speaking world.

Shakespeare wrote, ‘No legacy is so rich as honesty’ , worth remembering as the election sparks into life courtesy of Nick Clegg. But as politicians praise their own legacy and deride that of other parties it is worth asking, what legacy do we want to leave? More

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Gold or Gravel: it's our choice

By Steve Pierce | 30 March 2010

Did you see Channel 4’s Dispatches programme featuring MP’s expressing interest in lobbying work and the subsequent claims of ‘cash for influence’? The streets of London are paved with Sir Martin Frobisher's 'fools gold.' Money, it seems, can make a fool not just of politicians but any one of us.

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Not so fasta with the pasta!

By Steve Pierce | 25 February 2010 | Comments (1)

Rev Tim Jones, caused an unholy row this Christmas past. His sermon suggested that it was better for the needy to pinch an 80p tin of ravioli from national chains (not small family businesses) than to resort to mugging, prostitution or burglary.

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What would you do if you found £100?

By Steve Pierce | 15 February 2010 | Comments (3)

In a film Gregory Peck found a Million Pound Note Santander asked people what they would do if they stumbled across a £100 note in the street.

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Giving for Life

By Steve Pierce | 25 January 2010 | Comments (1)

We had a saying at home, Once every Preston Guild'  for something that did not happen very often. It has been ten years since the Church of England last discussed generous giving but an exciting new report, Giving for Life, is worth the wait.

As an Anglican taught to tithe from day one I welcome this challenging and lively report. I think we all should. Generosity, even in economic downturn, is a core Christian value. It changes lives, including our own.

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Try this at home

By Steve Pierce | 23 January 2010 | Comments (11)

Today’s tweens (8-12’s) and teens are growing up in a materialist, consumer society. They have more disposable income, more opportunities to spend and more people telling them how to spend it than their parents ever knew.

Children need guidance to learn money values and skills. If we don’t talk money we have little control over what they learn or where they learn it. Read more....

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Do you have these in blue?

By Steve Pierce | 23 December 2009

The full Hollywood treatment has ensured that The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe now has cult status, but this was not always so. Lewis himself was unsure and his friend, colleague and spiritual mentor JRR Tolkien, author of Lord of the Rings, disliked it intensely. He felt that Lewis was flirting with allegory and playing with mythology. He especially disliked the arrival of Father Christmas in Narnia.

But it seems to me that Lewis was hinting at something spiritually important...

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