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W.W.I.D.

The other day Alan Knox shared with me an article written by Ernest Goodman at Missions Misunderstood. Goodman has just finished up a series called The Counterintuitive Church. This series really made me think about what Jesus did, what Jesus’ apostles wanted to do, and what I usually do. Let’s take the Parable of the…

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Tough Times Among the Church

I use a system called Google Analytics to keep an eye on my blog stats. It tells me things like how many people visited my blog day-to-day, where people came from, and even what search terms were used to find different posts on my blog. I have found an interesting trend among the Church in…

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Money and the Church: A Fulltime Story

Today’s post is part of a synchroblog dealing with money and the church. It is a pretty broad topic, and many people are writing about different aspects of “money and the church.” At the bottom of this post you’ll find a list of links of other contributors to this subject. Today, I am going to…

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Resources, Conversions, and Priorities…

Here is the average church budget according to Lifeway (HT: Alan). 49% – Staff Personnel 9% – All Other 5% – Missions Evangelism 7% – Computers, Office Supplies, Literature 9% – Denominational Contributions 9% – Utilities 13% – Buildings, Rent, Mortgage, Capital Funds, Projects To simplify this, I will group, “Computers…,” “Utilities,” and “Buildlings…” into…

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The Bible Talks More About Money Than Hell

Over the past several years as a Christian I have heard many sermons. I have started to notice a trend, teachers often cite the “fact” that the Bible talks more about “money” than hell (or whatever else). I am sure you have heard the same or similar statements, if not, you probably will in the…

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The Tithing Pastor – A True Conundrum

At graduation rehearsal we heard a small message about the importance of tithing. During the message the speaker told us that the pastor should be giving a tithe to the local church no matter what. The speaker testified that he and his wife ALWAYS gave to their local church, no matter what. They relied on…