Money is NOT the Root of All Evil

Money gets a bad rap in some churches.  The thinking goes something like this:  Even though we ask for money every time we collect an offering, the truth is, we shouldn’t need it; we shouldn’t want it; we should be able to get by without it, just like Jesus did. ...

Why Churches are Poor

At a recent clergy retreat I attended, we prayed a prayer that went something like this:  “O Lord, keep us far from the riches of the world.”  Each of us was sincere in our prayers. Later it occurred to me that God is indeed answering that prayer!  Many churches find...

Mixed Messages about Money

A friend related the following story to me. “Before I left for church on Sunday, I realized it was the week to make a contribution to the church.  I hadn’t been there all month and it was time to pay my tithe. I wrote the check out ahead of time, showed up...

Energy Subsidies v. Food For All

Congress is in the midst of wrestling with our fiscal problems. Currently, they are trying to set the budget for 2012, ensuring that it sets us on the path to fiscal health while adequately funding programs that we, as a country and as states, cannot function without....