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...