Shortly after the posting of my blog on tithing I was alerted to that fact that a well-known Christian leader and pastor had published a blog on tithing and had taking an opposing view. He argued from Matthew 23:23, that Jesus had said, “Don’t neglect tithing.” Certainly, if Jesus said this we should obey his…Continue reading Jesus and Tithing
Growing up I remember our pastor at First Baptist Church of Eugene (Oregon) exhorting the church members before taking the offering with the words, “Now we are ready to receive the Lord’s tithe and your offering.” A tithe was thought to be the basic minimum for Christian giving. The “offering” was regarded as a voluntary…Continue reading Tithing for New Covenant Believers–Yes or No?
When I lived for six months in the Philippines, I got used to seeing beggars on the streets. When you stopped at an intersection they would come out into the street and tap on your car window with an open hand. Many were in filthy clothes, without shoes, and were missing teeth. Some women carried…Continue reading Beggars On Our Streets
I love watching my daughters on Christmas morning. As the youngest members of the family, Leah and Sydney usually have the job of pulling the presents out from under the tree and distributing them to the rest of the family. It’s an important responsibility. I remember the first Christmas the girls did this together. They…Continue reading A Lesson in Grace (and Humility) on Christmas Morning