Episode 099: Extravagant: Discovering a Life of Dangerous Generosity

In this episode we sit down with Pastor Brady to talk with him about his newest book Extravagant: Discovering a Life of Dangerous Generosity. Grab your copy over at Amazon today!

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One of the things that my mom and dad did on four or five different occasions is that they took struggling young men into our home… they fed them and clothed them and helped them get through school… I was marked by my parents’ extravagant generosity…

As people get older and make more money, the percentage of their generosity tends to go down… I think that’s because they get more guarded, more cautious, because there is more to lose… but this is the time in our lives when we can and should be more generous…

The most fun thing that I get to do right now is to give… it’s a joyful experience to take what the Lord has provided me and give it away to widows and orphans…

One of the things I talk about in the book is the beauty of a boring budget… you need a plan for your spending… which sounds awful, but is actually the most important thing… you can’t be generous if you don’t spend less than you make…

A lot of people think that compassion is a purely external thing… but I think it is an internal matter long before the need presents itself… compassion is a cultivated sense of empathy and concern for others…

As I get into my 60s and 70s, I want to be a kind old man… well, that doesn’t happen by accident… compassionate people have made up their mind to be interested in others…

To be honest about our Christian experience in America, most of us live in suburban bubbles and don’t take risks the way the Scripture calls us to take risks…

There are two topics that most pastors don’t want to talk about, and they are the two topics that are wrecking our families: sex and money… money is wrecking people right now… and we need to take responsibility for talking about it from the pulpit…

The moment in our lives when we realized that we didn’t “own” it, that our money was God’s provision, was the moment that our marriage changed… it was a matter of trust… did we trust ourselves or in God…?

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