Churches and Food Stamps

This one's been making the rounds. I swiped it from Stuff Christian Culture Likes:1. [citation needed] I'm not sure where the numbers are coming from. But let's assume it's correct.2. As someone who works in the not-for-profit sector, I'm leery of this. I take the point, that if the government imposed taxes on churches we'd have enough additional revenue to feed the hungry and house the homeless. While the churches do a great deal of charitable work, perhaps we could get more … [Read more...]

Wisconsin Court Strikes Down Preacher Housing Exemption

From the Seattle Times:A federal judge has struck down a law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances, a decision that could have far-reaching financial ramifications for pastors across the United States.In her decision Friday, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb in Wisconsin wrote that the exemption “provides a benefit to religious persons and no one else, even though doing so is not necessary to alleviate a special burden on religious exercise,” the Wisconsin State Journal rep … [Read more...]

Beer and Service

I'm a former Episcopalian. There's a running joke that Episcopalians are planning to switch from bread and wine at the Eucharist to coffee and doughnuts. Judging by the stacks of Krispy Kreme boxes that were always in the kitchen at my old church, the joke is not entirely wrong.Whatever it takes to get people out of bed on Sunday morning is probably worth doing for a church struggling with attendance. This, however, is taking it a step farther:To Stave Off Decline, Churches Attract … [Read more...]

No Place to Go

Kind of an odd one:At least "no place to go" implies that we're not going to hell. It reminds me of the old Redd Foxx line, "Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing."BTW, St. Perpetua is the poster saint for faith-over-family. She was the living (and dying) embodiment of Luke 14:26, "If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my … [Read more...]

“My Life as the Daughter of a Cult Leader”

In the wake of Jack Schaap's removal as pastor, here's a TEDx talk by Linda Murphrey, daughter of Jack Hyles. Hyles was a pastor at First Baptist Church in Hammond before Schaap, and grew the church into a megachurch. During part of the 90s, First Baptist was probably the largest Baptist Church in America. And, according to Linda Murphy and a large number of other people who knew it, the church was a cult. to … [Read more...]