City Business Church

It is not by grace that one enters the kingdom of heaven, but by tithing. - Damazio 3:16

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Sunday, February 27, 2005

The real life Napolean Dynamite

This has nothing to do with City Bible, but I just found this on the internet and have been laughing all day. If you have a relatively quick connection and sound, click on this link. You won't be dissapointed.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Verbal Porn

Recently, I heard someone compare this blog to verbal porn. Well, to that person I would like to say… “Thank you” I know that I only read it for the articles.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Letter to the Editor

Here is a good letter to the editor in the most recent Willamette Week. Pomo Christianity Thanks for taking time for the Donald Miller cover story ("Confessions of a Dangerous Mind," WW, Feb. 2. 2005). I was surprised to not hear a mention of one word, though: postmodernism. Books like Miller's are selling to young people at evangelical colleges who are looking for a broader vision of Christianity. On campus, the question of whether their ideas are "heretical" or "honest" revolve around the notion of our society's transition from modernity to postmodernity. Christian theology (and politics!) is too often rooted in a modern conception of the world that leads to fundamentalist thinking. But writers like Miller understand that the message of Christ is bigger than modernity. Mainstream conservative evangelicals feel threatened and see "Post-Modernity" as a force to be battled, believing that questioning of fundamentalism (a thoroughly modern concept) will lead to aimless belief. Authors like Miller are popular in Portland and other "blue states" (read: postmodern states) because of new, fresh thinking about something old and powerful (the story of Christianity). Dave Dyk Northeast Irving Street

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Tithe Madness

This was just emailed to me from a past blogger who has recently found his home. Enjoy. Hello everyone, It has been a while but I couldn’t sit idly by and allow this time of year to pass without unveiling the newest fad to sweep by City Business’s door in a long time. It’s called Tithe Madness. Much like college basketball there is a 64 slot bracket. One spot for the individual tither. The top 64 tithers make the cut. You can either be ranked high enough to be voted in or win your cell group tithe title. We can call this Selection Sunday. Once the 64 tithers are selected and the brackets in place the following Sunday will be round one, 32 tithers from the East side against 32 tithers from the West side. Tithers will battle it out to see who can tithe more. Kid needs braces? Well why not use the money to make it to the sweet sixteen. Thinking of re-mortgaging your house? You might want to wait until the finals to drop that bomb on the opposing tither. The final bout will be held at a neutral site. Pastor Frank will officiate. Whoever has enough money reserved to give will be this years raining tithe champion. Remember if your bank roll is too small to compete you can always wager on who will be champion. If you’re right you can use your winnings to compete next year. So get your straight jackets and brackets ready. It going to be Tithe Madness.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Happy Presidents Day

I just came across this exhortation on City Bible's "Business with a Purpose" website. Its a message written by Pastor Frank and directed to the Business leaders of City Bible. Its almost inspiring: Please hear the encouragement and respect I have for the businessperson. You are called. You are special. You are vitally important. You are standing in the gap. You are a key to city transformation. You are anointed for this ministry. You are a marketplace missionary. You are a marketplace pastor. You are a marketplace evangelist. You are a marketplace prophet. You are standing in the right place, at the right time, to do the right thing. A "marketplace missionary"... I like it. I really do. This little message makes me think that deep down inside, Pastor Frank genuinely admires and appreciates business leaders. It makes me think that Pastor Frank's intentions are essentially good. His repeated messages on prosperity are born out of a profound respect for the businessperson, and not a desire to get rich. So what went wrong? How did he go from a genuine admiration of business to "Forward Together". Somehow Frank let his desire to support business leaders transform into a worship of the business leader. He's off track. My take: City Bible Church needs to take the focus off being successful in business and put the focus back on Jesus. "Out of the heart, so the mouth speaketh." I think PF has let his envy of the business leader corrupt the message of the church. And instead of focusing his messages on the grace and compassion of Christ, his messages focus primarily on giving and prosperity. His focus is misdirected. Change your focus PF, and your church will begin to grow again. (Anyway, I hope this post makes the Reformed Pope happy. He has informed me that I have to provide a minimum of two blogs a week, or else he's kicking me off the blog. He got the idea from a certain church, where if you work for them and don't tithe, they threaten to fire you.)

Friday, February 18, 2005

I asked Jesus how much He love me?

He said, "This much". Stretched out both hands and hollered Jackpot! Actually that's just what I was thinking when I hit the Jackpot at the Texas Holdem table last week in Vegas. For those Texas Hold'em fans out there, I think you might enjoy this story. So last weekend, I'm in Vegas with my equally degenerate brother Jesse, who when I lost $200 in 2 hours at the BlackJack table told me not to worry, and to keep playing, because I would surely win it all back. His exact quote to me was, "There were times at LaCenter I would kill to be down only $200." Unfortunately the dealer didn't have "win it all back" in mind and by the next evening I had stretched that $200 loss into a $400 loss and I had resigned myself to continue to drive a car with a broken muffler. (Oddly enough though, I was still having a blast. Win or Lose, I love Vegas.) The last night, in a final act of desperation, I sit down at a Texas Hold'em table with my last $100. I'm playing okay and staying about even, when the next hand dealt to me are double Aces. I'm exstatic, and trying to hide my excitement. I'm definately winning this pot. (I didn't know this at the time but the guy across from me had been dealt two kings. So he's pretty happy too. Unfortunately for him, not as happy as me.) The flop is laid down and its an 8, and the other two Aces. So, now I'm staring at four Aces and praying to God someone else has a good hand. The guy across from me, with the two Kings, bets the max and I follow with the max. I can't push my money out there fast enough. The dealer lays down the next two cards and they are both Kings. So now the guy across from me has four kings, and he throws in a huge bet... and I match his bet, trying desperately not to laugh or smile. Betting ends, and the dealer says lay down your cards. My opponent throws down his four Kings... the crowd oohs, I throw down my four Aces... and the crowd went wild. The dealer screamed Jackpot. And I started highfiving everyone at the table... I won $400 bucks. And thought, "Wow, Jesus must love me." I also tipped my dealer $40. He said thanks, and mentioned that most people don't tip that much. But I was like, "Yeah well, growing up I was taught to tithe, and since I rarely go to church, I figure the least I could do was tithe to you." Of course there were still several more hours left in Vegas.. so, by the time I got on the plane to fly home I was down $100 bucks for the weekend, but still.... good times.... good times.... There's a lesson to this story... what that lesson is I couldn't tell you, but there's definately a lesson here somewhere. (Oh and for those who are feeling sorry for my opponent. The $400 bucks came from the Casino, for having a hand with Four Aces. I only got like $30 off the guy with Four Kings.)

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Anyone else?

It appears that CBC's policy on requiring people to tithe is quite a hot issue with many bloggers. So far we only have one ex-CBC employee claiming this to story to be fact. I would like to hear from more employees. They may all still be on a media fast, but I would like to welcome any current employees to offer an up to date perspective. A new point of view is always welcome; after all this bitterness is really dragging me down. Also, if anyone feels that their job is in danger because of a lack of giving please contact us here at City Business Church. I can think of at least one lawyer who would love to represent that case.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Tithe...or else?

What do you think about this….. Brian9000 said... "Anonymous said...The good news is, even though it isn't taught or encourage to give anonymously, we can." Unfortunately this is not true at CBC. I've always felt strange about taking a tax deduction for tithing, and having to use a tracking number on my envelopes. It took more work, but I would literally go to the bank and withdraw the exact amount for my tithe, (plus a little tip added on for my "offering") and put it in the felt sack as cash. Unfortunately I was an employee of CBC at the time, and after a couple months of this I got called on the carpet. It turns out that according to the Member Tithing Average printout sitting on the office administrators desk, I wasn't making the minimum number of payments according to the salary CBC was paying me (with my sinful nature I couldn't help but look at all the other under-paying employees highlighted in pink). I tried to explain that I paid God anonymously in cold hard cash, but apparently the god of CBC doesn't like that. I was informed that if I wanted to keep my job, I needed to put my cash in a tithing envelope and remember to write my assigned number on it. All I'm saying Anonymous, is that not everyone gets to give in secret as you suggest. I’m curious what people think about this. Is this acceptable? Should CBC require its employees to tithe? Lets discuss.

Monday, February 14, 2005

The Fields are White

I just received this letter from a blog missionary named **** ******* who works in ***** (We have to block his name for fear of communist attack). Catalyst and I feel led to ask you all to support his cause. We believe that if Jesus were here today he would be a member of brother ****'s mission team. Don't you want to support Jesus? In classic CBC fashion, I have created a list of things you can believe God to bless you with once you give: - Money - More money - A job that pays you more money - Large tax return - A large inheritance - Even more money (millions maybe even billions) Greetings & Blessings Be To You All! "Some plant, some water. Some are the senders, some are the goers. Amen & amen." -Brother Flame of Evangelistic Prophesy International Again I'm reminded of this blessed truth as I begin the annual newsletter to all of our wonderful Ten-Forty Window Covenant Faith Partners. We know that if you were able, you too would on the mission field in a foreign land living a life of sacrifice in service to our Lord. Instead you serve in sacrificial giving and constant supplication. This year we are pleased to announce a new prophetic direction for our "He Died For Me, I'll Give To Him Covenant Partner Save The Ten-Forty Window For The Fields Are White Giving Campaign." We received a special Word of Knowledge from a recognized Prophet regarding the specific names of the spiritual strongmen blinding the spiritual eyes of souls in our region. We feel led to allow our Covenant Partners the unique opportunity to adopt their own demon with whom they can due spiritual battle. For only $99 per month the participating Covenant Partner will receive a Warfare Portfolio of the demon specifically and prayerfully chosen by our Strategic Prophetic Team. The Warfare Portfolio will contain the name of the demon along with his most common methods of deception and his tactics of destruction. In addidition our Covenant Partner will receive monthly updates regarding the effectiveness of the spiritual war they are waging. Throughout the year Warfare Upgrade Power Packs will be available offering Warfare Annointing Oil, Warfare Elijah Prayer Mantles (handmade by looms in the Holyland), Warfare Prayerwalking Shepherd's Sandals, and a Warfare Hedge of Protection Night Light to ward off spiritual attacks that are likely to increase due to your new and higher callling. Every Warfare Power Pack will have a special Prophetic Token specifically consecrated for fighting your adopted demon. Please act now and send your check or money order, or if so led please call 1-800-WARFARE with your Visa or Master Card in hand. The demons causing the greatest destruction will be given to the first 30 Ten-Forty Window Covenant Faith Partners who respond. If you are one who is not satisfied with small things, If you are one who will answer the call, If you are one who can rise up and say, "I want to do great things for God!" please call now. Blessings Be Upon You, Faithful Ten-Forty Covenant Harvest Gatherer Catalyst and I would like to thank **** for his contribution to the blog. If anyone else has anything they would like to have posted please send it to MORTONJP14@HOTMAIL.COM.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Prayer Tunnel

What, exactly, is a prayer tunnel? I get prayer and I get tunnel, but “prayer tunnel” just doesn’t quite work. Does the tunnel pray? Are they praying for the tunnel? Why aren’t there prayer bridges? Let’s set the scene for those who have never experienced a “prayer tunnel”. Two rows of “Prayer Warriors” line up facing each other. Then both sides raise their hands in an arched manor in order to create a “tunnel”. And finally, people in need of prayer move through this “tunnel”. You might have seen something like this at a high school basketball game (without the prayer, of course). I spent some time looking in the Bible and I can’t find any examples of prayer tunnels. (Although I think that when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead and he walked out of the tomb, the disciples formed a “tunnel” for him to run out of, but this was mostly just a bunch of high fives and chest bumping.) So it appears this is just another gimmick used by the church to…. Actually……I really don’t know. What is the point??? Maybe it is supposed to be like going to the drive through at Wendy’s. Sure you could dine in, but sometimes you just want to eat on the road. “Welcome to City Business Church, would you like dine in or carry out prayer today? Please pull forward through the next tunnel.” What kind of prayer goes on in these tunnels anyway? “JC he’s our man, if he can’t do it no one can” “Here we go Jesus, here we go (clap, clap) Here we go Jesus, here we go (clap, clap)” “J-E-SUS, Jesus, Jesus, He’s the best” Disclaimer: I believe in the power of both prayer and tunnels. I just don’t like the combination of them. Honestly now, all you who have been involved in a prayer tunnel recently, what is the point? Were you really effected or effective? It might be fun though, the next time your pastor gets up to preach, if you all ran forward and created a prayer tunnel for him to run through before his sermon. Let him finish off by jumping through a WWJD banner. A quick chest bump with the worship leader and he is ready to go. “OK team, before I begin to preach today, I would like everyone to get in a huddle. All right, on 3…1,2,3, GO JESUS!” This actually is a great idea, “Prayer Huddles”. Now…. “Break”

Thursday, February 10, 2005

The Return of Malachi

I am posting an old fovorite for those of you new to this site. If you haven't taken the time to read this yet, please enjoy. The Day I Robbed God Back in early 2001 times were tough. This particular day spirits were exceptionally low. I had a crappy job, I was depressed, it was Monday and I couldn’t even find my Bible. My wife and I were financially strapped. I was earning very little and the stress was taking its toll. Despite my situation, I was a tither to the core. Come hell or high-water that 10% found its way into the offering basket. The magic 10%, my church believed in it, my pastor preached it and I put it into practice. I also went the occasional extra mile with my open-hearted gifts to missions. I won’t even take blogging space to mention my generous gift of $200 that I made to faith harvest that year. Due to lack of finances I couldn’t afford to take my wife out and my 2 credit cards were maxed out. Something had to be done. So on that life-changing Monday after years of faithful tithing I abandoned all good conscience and took the plunge. We decided to lower our monthly giving to the church down to a measly 3%. That’s right folks, a whopping 3%. That’s a full 7 less than 10. Finally the fateful Sunday arrived. I walked through the doors to the sanctuary with my head held low; feeling the kind of shame only a non-tither could feel. With fear and trembling I dropped the check into the offering bucket and tried not listen to the passionate requests from the pulpit for more money. I was well steeped in the doctrine of tithe, and was well aware of the consequences of forsaking such important New Testament…uuuh I mean Old Testament teaching. Here’s mine and yours favorite Bible verse: “Mal 3:8 "Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, 'In what way have we robbed You?' In tithes and offerings. 9 *You are cursed with a curse…*” And boy did I ever know this teaching. You better obey this one or you will have robbed God and unfortunately find yourself under Malachi’s curse. It was well known to all that this sneaky curse had leaped the pages of the Old Testament, made its way right passed Christ, the cross, the new covenant and found itself a staple teaching in the American Mega-Church. Damn curse, it’s unstoppable! And so I awaited my punishment. For a month I slept with one eye open. I knew it was coming, I just didn’t know when and how. I waited and waited . . .and waited. About a month later at about 3am my wife and I lay peacefully asleep in bed. Suddenly an intensely loud crash filled the air. I sat straight up in bed, eyes wide open, convinced that judgment had finally caught up with me. THE CURSE OF MALACHI WAS UPON ME AND MY HOUSEHOLD . . . AAAAAAAAAARGH!! But, my fellow bloggers do not be afraid, neither be thou dismayed, it turned out to be a false alarm. Some intoxicated driver had lost control of his car and ended up hitting the side of our apartment. No one was hurt. In time, despite the occasional nightmare of God showing up demanding back payment plus interest, I felt pretty good. I got a better job and paid down the credit card debt. These days I even give pretty darn close to 10%. Not sure what this story really proves, but it is interesting to note that the only change that giving only 3% had on me was that I had 7% more to spend on bills. Funny how that works. Posted by White-Boy on Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

They Will Be Mocked

Disclaimer: The following post is 100% pure sarcasm and it contains absolutely no redeeming value whatsoever. If sarcastic humor offends you, please stop reading now. I have decided to make it a little easier for us all. Instead of spending hours in church learning the exact same thing week after week, I will now publish the 5 simple steps to receive blessings from God. (I may follow up with the book titled “5 Simples Steps to Receive Blessings from God”) 1. When your church begins to announce the offering start to pray for things that you need (want). 2. As you drop your tithe into the bucket say out loud “Lord in return for my gift I expect to receive _______” (fill in the blank with the things you need [want]) 3. After dropping your tithe into the bucket take your hands and form a funnel* above your head. This way it will be easier for God to pour out his blessing on your life. 4. Once the blessing is confirmed immediately start your clap offering. 5. Repeat *Have you ever had someone ask you to make a funnel above your head to receive blessings from God? I have, but I don’t get it. Is God getting old? Does he have a case of the shakes? He really needs a funnel? Here is how I see this going: God: I will now pour out my blessings on Johnpaul JP: Thanks God, I’ll help out by making a funnel with my hands. God: Good idea son. Here we go. Whoops, looks like I poured a bit too much. JP: Come on God, now I’ve got blessing all over my leg; didn’t you see the funnel. Next time I’m asking for the Holy Ghost. Is the funnel really necessary? I think I am going to take drift wood and spell the word BLESSING in case God happens to fly by my house. That way He will know exactly where to drop off that check for “millions maybe even billions of dollars”.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Prayer, Anyone?

I just found this article on prayer titled "I can't pray for you people". It offers a slightly different perspective which is nice, and I ran it through the bitterness scale and it rated a 2.4. That’s not very bitter.$132 Here’s a taste: I need you people to stop sending me prayer requests via email. I mean it... just stop. In fact, I want you to stop sending them to just about everyone else, too. I know that you care about these people... these needs you send my way. And you want others to know, to care, to pray. You want to feel a sense of connection, of community with a larger group of people, people who may, even just for a moment, feel some of the same concern you are feeling. But the truth is, there is a cost to what you are doing.

Saturday, February 05, 2005

Clap,clap, clap, clap

Quick question, what do you get for a clap offering? Suppose you are very generous and stop several times a day and give God a clap offering, how much blessing does that earn you? Suppose your first 10 claps at the end of a great play are given to God and the remaining 90 go to the actors, does that count as tithe? If so how many claps does it take to earn $1 worth of blessing? Are there special Clap Harvest offerings or how about Acts 2 clapping? These are the questions we need to answers to. I think I’ll start a Clapping Cell Group.

Friday, February 04, 2005

The Jesus Sweepstakes

This is a quote by Pastor Rick Snow taken from his Jan 22nd sermon at CBC titled The Generosity Factor “He (God) is literally looking, in the American Church especially, for people He can trust with thousands, millions, maybe even billions of dollars over the course of your lifetime” I know this seems obvious so I probably don’t need to write anything, but come on; is this guy for real? So let’s see… God is out searching the nation for one lucky tither, and on this Superbowl Sunday he is going to show up on someone’s doorstep and surprise them with a check for $10,000. This generous soul will then have the opportunity to turn that $10,000 into 1 million or possibly 1 billion dollars. After receiving that check he will be asked these three questions. 1. How do you live a life that honors God? 2. What 3 things does God look for in people that He blesses? 3. What is a Triple Dog Dare? If he gets them all right then that check will turn into 1 million dollars. (hint: The answer to every question is - Give to the church) What he doesn’t know is that if he takes that million dollar check and signs it over to City Bible Church within 5 minutes of receiving it than he will be given 1 billion dollars. Alright, alright, alright, When did the ultimate goal of Christianity become parallel with the American Dream? In listening to this sermon I was amazed with the double message. Rick has great things to say about generosity. He is absolutely right that God will bless those who give, but his message is all about what it takes to get rich. What happened to Jesus, the Cross, and Salvation. 1 Tim. 6:9 (NIV) People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 1 Tim. 6:17-18 (NIV) Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. [18] Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. It’s clear that the Bible is calling us to be generous, but it doesn’t promise riches in return. God may bless you with “millions maybe even billions of dollars”, but he may also bless you with health, joy, or possibly seven children. Is it not enough that God has pulled us from the grasp of hell? He now has to give us the keys to His BMW? I thank God for His gift of The Cross. Salvation is my reward.

Holy Cow, It's the BIBLE!

Eccles. 5:10-11 (NIV) Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless. [11] As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them? Isaiah 52:3 (NIV) For this is what the Lord says: "You were sold for nothing, and without money you will be redeemed." Acts 8:20-21 (NIV) Peter answered: "May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money! [21] You have no part or share in this ministry, because your heart is not right before God. Hebrews 13:5 (NIV) Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." Matthew 19:24 (NIV) Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." (Church Gal would like to know what people do with that scripture? No picking and choosing now.) Disclaimer: Having lots of money is not a sin, in my opinion. I like to compare money with alcohol; they both are a lot of fun to have, but if you let them control you they can destroy your life.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

And now I have a post

My brother emailed me today trying to get me to post something. I responded saying I didn't want this blog to feel like a job, and I was quite comfortable going a day without posting anything. To which he emailed back: Where has the fire gone? This is no job, this is a mission, a call from God. The Lord would say to you this day, "For a time will come-a, when you will be faced with a great calling-a. Your burden will be heavy-a and time will be short-a. I will be your rock-a, I will create a hedge of protection around you-a. Step into the river-a, wade into the river-a, take off your clothes and do a cannonball into the river-a." Thus sayeth the Lord.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Blue Like Jazz

Our boy Zach Dundas from the Willamette Week has done it again. In the latest addition of the paper there is a front page article on Donald Miller, a Christian writer from Portland who is gaining national prominence. I have never met Mr. Miller, but he seems like a fascinating guy, and he seems like the new breed of Christian that is slowly taking over today's modern church. He has an excellent quote in his new book Blue Like Jazz, where he describes why he quit his job as a youth minister at a suburban church. He explains, "It was like going to church at the Gap." Ahh, so true... so true... some of you so-called radicals at City Bible should read this quote again and then take a look in the mirror. Anyway, his book sounds interesting and I plan on buying it tomorrow.

Lost Scriptures - Part 1

I was doing my nightly Bible study and reading up on the beatitudes. I carefully went through each one. "Blessed are the poor in spirit, Blessed are those who mourn, Blessed are the meek... I got to the last Beatitude "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness" and became confused. I frantically turned the pages because I new that there had to be more. Where were the other scriptures we have always been taught? What happened to: Blessed are generous givers, for they shall inherit great wealth Blessed are the faithful tithers, for theirs is the riches of earth Blessed are the businessmen for they will be first in the kingdom Quickly I went to my handy Bible reference guide to show me what had happened to these "Cornerstone" scriptures. My first thought was that it had something to do with those pesky gays, but then I realized that's silly; gays don't read the Bible. Then I thought maybe my son had ripped that page out of the Bible, but no he doesn't read the Bible either. Then I thought those scriptures must only be able to be seen by the highest level of Christian businessmen, but again I don't think they read the Bible either. Suddenly, like the curse of Malachi, it hit me. I fell to the floor screaming "Dear God, Noooooooooo." It had just been made clear that those verses aren't in the Bible. "Smite me now Lord" I yelled, "I have spent my entire life trying to buy happiness and now there is no reason left to live. If I can't purchase heaven, then I am definitely going to hell"

A voice called out to me "John, or do you go by John-Paul? Is it all right if I call you JP, John-Paul is awful hard to say?" "Um, God," I responded 'If you came here to annihilate me will you get on with it." "My son," the boice boomed "as much as you deserve to be wiped clear off this earth, I will spare your life, but only if go around and educate people on the truth in scripture." So, here it goes: Matthew 5:3-10 (NIV) "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [4] Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. [5] Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. [6] Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. [7] Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. [8] Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. [9] Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. [10] Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Tuesday, February 01, 2005


I am posting a brief email that my old college roomate, Peter, just sent me. I thought it was an interesting take on giving to support Christian radio. For what its worth, Peter has no affiliation with City Bible. He attended the church once when he came out to visit me about five years ago. And at the time, he genuinely enjoyed the church. He thought it was entertaining. This despite the fact that he attended a PBC Graduation service, the second most boring service of the City Bible year (the first being Missions Sunday). Also, my friend Peter grew up as a Methodist, which as most of you CBC members know, means that he's really only half of a Christian. (Not being spirit-filled and all) Anyway, here is his thought: Well, the local Christian station was having a fundraiser over the weekend quite like a PBS Telethon, but it was named Share-A-Thon. Classic. I love these things; the people who are giving do so because they feel like they are contributing to the Christian cause but really they are just paying for their own enjoyment. Does the station serve seekers or contributors? Plus the euphemisms didn't end there. Apparently your sharing couldn't come in the form of a tithe or donation but rather you would make a "Faith Promise." What the hell is that?!? A Faith Promise sounds like something you declare at the altar when the Spirit tells you to move to Mongolia and you accept. But then I guess the donators wouldn't feel as good about getting fleeced of their money and now they can proudly proclaim the Faith Promise they have made to God and Star 99.1 to all their friends in their inclusive Christian circle.