Serendipity New Testament Money Project

We in the Serendipity Class of Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church are working as a class to compile all the references in the New Testament that relate to money, wealth, generosity, riches, or poverty. It’s a work in progress!

Here are all the books of the New Testament and the person or persons assigned to each book. Unassigned books are inred.  Instructions to class members on how to do this appear at the bottom of this page.


Matthew 5:2-12 – The Beatitudes. Blessed are the poor in spirit. Blessed are the meek. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. Blessed are the peacemakers.

Matthew 5:23-24 – Your offering to God is premature if you are not reconciled to human beings. Go first and reconcile. Then offer your gift.

Matthew 5:25-26 – Come to terms quickly with your accuser on your way to court.

Matthew 5:38-41 – Turn the other cheek; go the second mile

Matthew 5:42 – Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.

Matthew 6:1-4 – Let your giving be in secret

Matthew 6:19-21 – Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also

Matthew 6:24 – You cannot serve both God and wealth

Matthew 6:25-34 – Don’t worry about what you will eat, drink, or wear. Strive for the kingdom of God and God’s righteousness

Matthew 7:7-11 – Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find

Matthew 7:12 – The Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Matthew 8:18-22 – Foxes have holes, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head

Matthew 10:5-15 – Jesus tells the disciples to give without payment and to take with them no gold, silver, or copper

Matthew 10:40-42 – Whoever gives even a cup of cold water to the least, the last, and the lost will be rewarded

Matthew 11:4 – “Go and tell John that . . . the Good News is being preached to the poor.”

Matthew 13 – The story of the farmer scattering seed and the “good soil” – the thorny ground represents those who hear and accept the Good News, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares of this life and the lure of wealth.

Matthew 13:44 – Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, and the man who discovers it, sells all he has, and buys the field.

Matthew 14:13-21 – Jesus feeding five thousand with five loaves and two fish

Matthew 15:32-39 – Jesus feeding four thousand men with seven loaves and a few small fish

Matthew 16:24-27 – Jesus says if you want to follow me, you must put aside your life and take up the cross. “How do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul in the process?”

Matthew 17:24-27 – Jesus talks about payment of the Temple tax (and describes the miracle Peter can perform to pay it).

Matthew: 18:21-35 – Parable of the Unforgiving Debtor (our need to be merciful and forgiving).

Matthew: 19:16-22 – Story of the Rich Young Man (“If you want to be perfect, go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.”)

Matthew: 19:23 – easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God

Matthew: 19:28-30 – everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property for Jesus’ sake will receive a hundred times as much in return and will have eternal life. Many who seem important now will be least important then, and vice versa.\

Matthew: 20:1-16 – Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard.

Matthew: 20:25-28 – Whoever wants to be a leader must be a servant.

Matthew 21:12-13 – Jesus angrily drives the merchants and money changers out of the temple.

Matthew 21:33-46 – Parable of the murderous tenant farmers

Matthew 25:14-30 — Parable of the Talents – To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given.

Matthew 25:31-46 — “Inasmuch as you did it to the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.”

Matthew 24:45-51 – The faithful servant will be rewarded

Matthew 26:6-13 — Story of the woman who anointed Jesus with perfume. “You will always have the poor among you, but I will not be here with you much longer.”

Matthew 26:14-15 — Judas receives 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus.

Matthew 27:1-10 — Judas, remorseful over betraying Jesus, throws the 30 pieces of silver on the floor of the Temple and goes out and hangs himself. The priests cannot accept money paid for murder, so they use it to buy a cemetery for foreigners – “potters’ field” or the “Field of Blood.”

Matthew 27:35 — As Jesus died on the cross, the Roman soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.


Luke 1:46-55 – The Magnificat – God satisfies the hungry and sends the rich away with empty hands

Luke 2:6-7 – Jesus born in a barn with the farm animals

Luke 2:8-20 – The first people who heard about Jesus’s birth were shepherds – the garbage men of Palestine

Luke 3:10-14 – John the Baptist teaches that if you have two coats, give one to the poor. Share food with the hungry

Luke 4:16-21 – Jesus quotes from Isaiah that he comes to preach Good News to the poor, release for the captives, sight for the blind, and freedom for the downtrodden

Luke 6:20-23 – Blessed are the poor, the hungry, the mourning, the hated, and the cursed, for you will receive your reward in heaven

Luke 6:24-26 – What sorrows await you who are rich, satisfied, and prosperous now, for you will be hungry, mournful, and sorry

Luke 6:27-33 – Love your enemies, turn the other cheek, and when people take things from you, don’t try to get them back. Your reward will be in heaven

Luke 12:16-21 — The Rich Fool (who wanted to build bigger barns for all his wealth)

Luke 12:33-34 — Sell what you have and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven. Where your treasure is, there will your heart and your thoughts be also.

Luke 12:42-48 — The faithful servant will be rewarded

Luke 12:48 — The Lord requires much from those who have received much and requires much more from those who have received much more.

Luke 12:57-59 — Decide issues between yourselves. If you’re on the way to court to confront your accuser, try to settle before it reaches the judge. If you don’t, the judge may throw you in jail.

Luke 13:6-9 — Parable of the barren fig tree

Luke 13:30 — Some who are despised now will be honored then (on the judgment day), and some who are greatly honored now will be despised then.

Luke 14:12-14 – Don’t invite your friends to your feast; invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind, because God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.

Luke 14:16-24 – When the wealthy friends decline the invitation, it gets extended to the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind, and the wealthy friends will be excluded

Luke 14:26-33 – No one can become Christ’s disciple without giving up everything for him. Don’t begin (being Christ’s disciple) until you count the cost

Luke 15:11-32 – The prodigal son

Luke 16:1-15  — The Shrewd Manager. If you’re not faithful with other people’s money, why should you be trusted with money of your own?

Luke 16:19 – The rich man and the diseased beggar Lazarus

Luke 18:9-14 – The Pharisee and the tax collector – The proud will be humbled, but the humble will be honored

Luke 18:18-23 – The rich man who couldn’t bring himself to sell all he had and follow Jesus

Luke 18:24-25 – Easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God

Luke 19:12 -27 – Parable of the Talents

Luke 19:45-46 – Jesus driving the moneychangers from the temple

Luke 20:20-26 – Pay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar (taxes)

Luke 20:45-47 – Beware hypocrites who parade in robes and pray in public but who cheat widows out of their property; their punishment will be greater

Luke 21:1-4 – The widow’s mite

Luke 22:24-30 – Those who are the greatest should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant

Luke 22:34-38 – Sell your clothes to buy a sword

Luke 23:34 — As Jesus died on the cross, the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.


John 2:14-16 – Cleansing of the Temple- In the temple courts in Jerusalem, Jesus found men selling livestock and doves and exchanging money. With a whip, Jesus drove the cattle out and scattered coins…..Jesus said ” Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market”!

John 6:11-13 – Fishes and Loaves concept – Feeding of the Five Thousand – With faith in God, food can be multiplied into enough and more then enough when we desire to share or provide. Also, we are to “gather together what is left over and waste nothing”

John 12:2-8 – Anointing Jesus’ feet – Mary of Bethany anoints Jesus’ feet with expensive perfume. Judas Iscariot objects and criticizes. “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a years wages.” John describes Judas as a hypocrite and thief. Jesus replied “……You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me”.

John 19:23-24 – Four soldiers want to divide Jesus’ clothes but decide instead to cast lots for it among them.


Acts 1:18. With the money that Judas got for his evil act he bought a field, where he fell to his death.

Acts 2:44-45. All the believers continued together in close fellowship and shared their belongings with one another. They would sell their property and possessions and distribute the money among all, according to what each needed.

Acts 3:2-7. Peter gives a beggar not the money he was requesting but healing.

Acts 4:32-37. Believers shared everything, and God blessed them. No one in need. Those with land would sell it and give the proceeds to the apostles, who distributed to each believer according to need.

Acts 5:1-11. Story of Ananias and his wife, who deceived the apostles by keeping part of the money they had received from the sale of property. Both died on the spot.

Acts 6:1-3. Quarrel among the believers about the daily distribution of funds. The apostles decided to appoint seven trusted men who would oversee financial matters, freeing up the apostles for preaching God’s word.

Acts 8:18-20. Simon offers money to Peter and John to give him the gift of healing and the ability to call forth the Holy Spirit. Peter tells him to go to hell “for thinking you can buy God’s gift with money!”

Acts 11:27-30. One of the believers predicted by the power of the Holy Spirit that a severe famine was about to come over all the earth. On the strength of his prediction alone, the believers decided to send money to Judea to help their brothers and sisters in Christ there.

Acts 20:32-35. Paul says he has not wanted anyone’s silver or gold and has worked to support himself. He reminded the believers of the words of Jesus: “There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.”

Acts 22:27-28. The Roman commander who was dealing with Paul stated that he had paid a lot of money to become a Roman citizen.  “But I am one by birth,” Paul answered.


Romans 1:14 – I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish.

Romans 2:21 – While you preach against stealing, do you steal?

Romans 4:4 – To one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due.

Romans 11:33 – O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!

Romans 12:13 – Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

Romans 13:6-7 – For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, busy with this very thing. Pay to all what is due them – taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due.

Romans 15:27-28 – . . . for if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material things. So, when I have completed this, and have delivered to them what has been collected, I will set out by way of you to Spain . . .

1st Corinthians

1st Corinthians 1:5 – For in union with Christ you have become rich in all things, including all speech and all knowledge.

1st Corinthians 4:8 – Do you already have everything you need? Are you already rich?

1st Corinthians 6:9-10 – Surely you know that the wicked will not possess God’s Kingdom. Do not fool yourselves; people who are immoral or who worship idols or are adulterers or homosexual perverts or who steal or who aregreedy or are drunkards or who slander others or are thieves – none of these will possess God’s Kingdom.

1st Corinthians 9:11 (rights and duties of an apostle). We have sown spiritual seed among you. Is it too much if we reapmaterial benefits from you?

1st Corinthians 13:3 – I may give away everything I have, and even give up my body to be burned, but if I have no love, this does me no good.

1st Corinthians 16:1-3 – Now, concerning what you wrote about the money to b e raised to help God’s people in Judea. You must do what I told the churches in Galatia to do. Every Sunday each of you must put aside some money, in proportion to what he has earned, and save it up, so that there will be no need to collect money when I come. After I come, I shall give letters of introduction to the men you have approved, and send them to take your gift to Jerusalem.

2 Corinthians

2nd Corinthians 4:4 – “The god of this age has blinded the mind of the unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.” Whatever is at the center of our lives, whatever governs our decisions and bears on all our actions – that is our god, our one true lord. Modern gods/lords that bid for our devotion are many: job, status, physical attractiveness, sex, money, happiness, etc. Even good things, when our desire for them gets out of proportion, can assume lordship over us and become a “god of this age.”

2nd Corinthians 4:7 – “Treasure in clay jars” – Knowledge of the glory of Christ is in ordinary humans, so it is clear it comes from God and not from us.

2nd Corinthians 6:8-10 – “We are alive . . . as poor, yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing everything.”

2nd Corinthians 8: 1-19 – Encouragement to be generous.

2nd Corinthians 8:9 – Praising the generosity of Jesus, who “though he was rich he became poor so that by his poverty you may become rich.”

2nd Corinthians 8:12 – “If the eagerness is there the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.”

2nd Corinthians 8:19 – “. . . as we carry the offering, which we administer in order to honor the Lord himself and show our eagerness to help.” A transaction, a use of our personal funds now collected is an occasion to glorify the Lord. The way we allocate our funds every week and month is a moral statement. Our budgets, whether we record them or not, are moral ledgers that depict where our values are.

2nd Corinthians 9:1-15 – Collection for the Christians at Jerusalem

2nd Corinthians 9:6 – “One who sows sparingly will reap sparingly; one who sows bountifully will reap bountifully.”

2nd Corinthians 9:7 – “Give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion.”

2nd Corinthians 9:8 – “God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything you may share abundantly in every good work.”

2nd Corinthians 9:9 – “He scatters abroad . . . gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”

2nd Corinthians 9:10 – “. . . will increase the harvest of your righteousness.”

2nd Corinthians 9:11 – “You will be enriched for your generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us.”

2nd Corinthians 9:12 – “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift.” If we think about how hard we worked to get where we are, we are likely to become stingy. If we think about the doors opened to us by God’s grace, we are more likely to think generously.

2nd Corinthians 12:14-18 – “What I want is not your possessions, but you.” God longs for our devotion, our true selves, not our possessions.


Galatians 2:9-10. Peter, James, and John suggested to Paul that he and his followers remember to help the poor, and Paul says “I have certainly been eager to do that.”

Galatians 4:1-2. Even wealthy children must obey their guardians (as slaves do) until they grow up and become responsible adults.

Galatians 4:14. Paul says that even though his sickness was revolting to the Galatians, they took him in and cared for him “as if I were an angel from God or even Christ Jesus himself.”

Galatians 4:30-31. Paul quotes Sarah in Genesis telling Abraham to get rid of the slave and her son (Ishmael). He describes us as children of the free woman (saved by grace) not children of the slave woman (obligated to the law).

Galatians 5:13-15. You are called to freedom, not freedom to satisfy your sinful nature, but freedom to serve one another in love. The whole law can be summed up as “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Galatians 5:19-26. Among the characteristics of our sinful nature are eagerness for lustful pleasure, jealousy, and selfish ambition. Among the fruits of the Holy Spirit are love, kindness, and gentleness.

Galatians 6:3. If you think you are too important to help somebody in need, you are only fooling yourself. You are really a nobody.

Galatians 6:6. We should pay teachers who teach us the word of God.

Galatians 6:10. We should do good to everyone whenever we get the chance, especially


Philippians 3:7-8 – Regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ.

Philippians 3:14 – Goal is the prize – sharing in the power of the resurrection.

Philippians 3:18-19 – Enemies of Christ have their minds set on earthly things. Their end is destruction.

Philippians 4:14-19 – Paul thanks the Philippians for their gift to him. A sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. God will satisfy all their needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

2 Thessalonians

1 Thessalonians 3:6 – Avoid idleness, stick to hard work.

1 Thessalonians 3:7 – For you know that you ought to follow our example.  We were never lazy when we were with you.  8 We never accepted food from anyone without paying for it.  We worked hard day and night so that we would not be a burden to any of you.

1 Thessalonians 3:10 – Whoever doesn’t work should not eat.

1 Thessalonians 3:12 – Settle down and get to work. Earn your own living.

1 Thessalonians 3:14 – Take note of those who refuse to obey what we say in this letter.  Stay away from them so they will be ashamed.  Don’t think of them as enemies, but speak to them as you would to a Christian who needs to be warned.

I Timothy

I Timothy 2:6. Paul writing to Timothy about Christ Jesus giving his life to purchase freedom for everyone.  A ransom was the price paid to purchase freedom for a slave.  Jesus, our mediator, gave his life in exchange for ours.  By his death he paid our penalty for sin and purchased our freedom.

I Timothy 2:9-10. Paul says “Women should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes”

I Timothy 3:3. Paul describing the attributes of an elder states “He must be gentle, peace loving, and not one who loves money”

I Timothy 3:8. Paul describing deacons states “They must be people and have integrity.  They must not be heavy drinkers and must not be greedy for money”

I Timothy 5:3-5. Paul instructs that the church should care for any widow who has no one to care for her, but if she has children or grandchildren, their first responsibility is to show godliness at home and repay their parents by taking care of them.

I Timothy 5:17-18. Paul states “Elders who do their work well should be paid well, especially those who work hard at both teaching and preaching”

I Timothy 6:5. Paul warns Timothy that false teachers use religion as a way to get rich.

I Timothy 6:10. “For the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil.  And some people, craving money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows”

I Timothy 6:17-18. “Tell those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which will soon be gone.  Tell them to use their money to do good.  They should be rich in good works and should give generously to those in need always being ready to share with others whatever God has given them.”


Philemon 1:4–7. Paul writing to Philemon from prison, reflected on Philemon’s faith and love.  Philemon had opened his heart and his home to the church.  “You are generous because of your faith.  And I am praying that you will really put your generosity to work for in so doing you will come to an understanding of all good things we can do for Christ”

Philemon 1:17-19. Paul is asking Philemon to accept Onesimus as his brother and Paul showed his love by personally guaranteeing payment for any stolen goods or wrongs for which Onesimus might be responsible.


Heb. 5:1 – The high priests were selected from among men and among their duties was to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.

Heb.7:1-10 – Description of Melchizedek from the Old Testament, who was both a king and a priest. He met and blessed Abraham and Abraham gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything he had. This is an example of the old laws of sacrifice.

Heb.9:9 -Reference to old laws of the OT and that gifts and sacrifices offered were not able to clear the consciences of the worshiper.

Heb.10:34 – Reminder to converted Jews of the early days of the gospel and how Jesus’s followers “joyfully accepted the confiscation of their property because they knew that they had “better and lasting possessions.”

Heb.11:26 – Reference to Moses who by act of faith, valued suffering more then Egyptian “treasures” because he was looking ahead, anticipating the Messiah.

Heb.13:5 – We are to keep our lives free from the love of money and content with what we have, because God has said,” Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

Heb. 13:16 – “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”


James 1:9-11. Believer who is lowly will be raised up. Rich will be brought low and disappear like flower that withers in the field. In the midst of a busy life they will wither away.

James 1:17. Every generous act of giving with perfect gifts comes from above.

James 1:27. Care for the orphans and widows in their distress.

James 2:1-15. By acts of favoritism do you really believe in the Lord Jesus? Persons come in assembly who have fine clothes and gold rings and poor person with rags and filthy. Which do you give a seat and who do you put at your feet. (watch making  distinctions among yourselves). God chose the poor in the world to be rich in faith, and they will  be heirs of his kingdom. Do not dishonor the poor. It is the rich who oppress you and slander Christ. Paying special attention to rich people is a sin. Faith without works is dead.

James 4:2-3. You do not have because you don’t ask. You ask and don’t receive because you ask wrongly in order to spend on your pleasures.

James 4:13-16. It’s foolish to say you will spend one year going to such and such town to make money doing business. You do not know what tomorrow will bring. Boasting in arrogance – and all boasting – is evil.

James 5:1-9. Rich people weep and wail for what is coming to you. Riches rot and clothes are moth eaten. Gold and silver rust and rust will eat your flesh like fire. Rust is evidence against you that you laid your treasures for last days. The wages of laborers who mowed fields which you kept back by fraud cry out and cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. You lived on earth’s luxuries and pleasures. You fatten your hearts in day of slaughter and condemned and murdered the righteous one. Be patient and wait on the Lord. Do not seek riches in vain, but wait patiently for the Lord will reward you.

1 Peter

1 Peter 1:4 – God has reserved a priceless inheritance for his Children.

1 Peter 1:18-19 – God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors, a ransom not of gold or silver but the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

1 Peter 2:18-19 – You who are slaves must accept the authority of your masters, not just when they are kind and reasonable but even if they are harsh. God is pleased with you when you endure unfair treatment for the sake of your conscience.

1 Peter 3:3-4 – Wives, don’t be concerned about outward beauty from fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should be known for the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.

1 Peter 4:3 – You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy – immorality and lust, feasting and drunkenness and wild parties.

1 Peter 4:9 – Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.

1 Peter 5:5 – God sets himself against the proud but shows favor to the humble.

2 Peter

2 Peter 1:10-11 – Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure.  For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

1 John

The book of 1 John clearly spells out the problems believers have about where their treasures are.

1 John 2:15 – Do not love the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, love of the Father is not in them.

1 John 3:17-18 – But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his neighbor in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in the word or speech, but in deed and truth.

1 John 4:4-5 – You belong to God, children. The Spirit who lives in you is greater than the Spirit who lives in the world. These people belong to the world, so they speak from the world’s viewpoint, and the world listens to them. But we belong to God; that is why those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us.

1 John 4:7-12 – Love one another. If someone says he loves God and hates his fellow man, he lies and deceives himself.

1 John 5:4 – Whatever is born of God overcomes the world! And this is the victory that overcomes the world: our faith.

2 John

2 John 8 – Look to yourselves, that you may not lose what you have worked for but may win a full reward.

3 John

3 John 6-7 – You do well to send on [those who preach the Gospel] in a manner worthy of God; for they begin their journey for the sake of Christ, accepting no support from non-believers. Therefore we ought to support such people, so we become co-workers with the truth.


Jude 1:11. Jude warned of the false teachers like Balaam, who will do anything for money.  Balaam prophesied out of greed, not out of obedience to God’s command.

 Instructions to Serendipity Class Members Working on the New Testament Money Project

If you’re thinking all you need to do is to plug “money” into your concordance and see what pops up, put it out of your mind. The Bible uses so many different terms to talk about these issues that you can’t search for them using a concordance. There’s no substitute for actually reading the book, verse by verse, and searching with an open mind and heart for those scriptures that deal with money, finances, generosity, rich people, poor people, and our duty toward those in need.

You can find lots of lists of scriptural references to money on the Internet, but they all tend to be references to the same handful of verses, or they tend to reflect someone’s point of view. Our focus in the Serendipity New Testament Money Project is to compile every scriptural reference to money or financial issues in the New Testament, missing nothing, and with no particular theological or liturgical axe to grind.

As you can see from the scriptures already here, you don’t need to say a lot about each scripture. Just list the scripture by book, chapter, and verse, and include a brief explanation why it’s relevant to money issues. Because there’s no agenda here or point we’re trying to make, please do not include any commentary.

It would make it easier for us if you could provide your work in data form, but if that’s a hardship, we can handle any form you use. If you finish your assigned book and are ready to take on another one, just sign up for it on the poster in the Serendipity classroom, or e-mail Lee.

We’re being intentionally vague about deadlines. Obviously, the sooner you complete your assigned book, the sooner we all can have the benefit of your work as we study these issues this quarter. Some of you will complete your assigned book quickly and be ready to take on others, and some of you will be more leisurely. We’re far more interested in your making progress than in completion by any particular date, although we certainly hope all of us will be finished by the end of February.

If you’re concerned about the use of your name, please know that we will remove all names when our project is complete. At that time it will simply be available on the Internet as the work of the Serendipity Class.