The sharp dressed man. Every girl crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man. They crop up all over the place, even at church. In fact when it comes to church, most of us make some effort to scrub up. We might pull on a fresh shirt, a clean pair of pants and drag a brush through our hair. The scruffy t-shirt and dirty jeans get put in the wash basket and left at home. It’s nice to feel smart, and be around smartly dressed people.
If there is one taboo topic, one elephant in the room in the church, it’s the Tithe. High on the list of topics which can evoke strong feelings. As Christ followers there are of course other topics which get our blood pressure up but they come and go with the seasons. Subjects which easily get us vocal might be women priests, homosexuality or moving the church service forward by an hour. All these can spark debate and flush our cheeks. But the Tithe? That might raise our blood pressure a bit, yet on this topic we will remain silent.
The Bishop of Sheffield, Steven Croft, has lashed out (or as much as English Bishops do lash out) in response to cinemas banning a simple video of people reciting the Lord’s prayer. The ban was put in place so that audiences “would not be offended” by the prayer when shown before Star Wars, or something. Continue reading
Let’s see what happens here. Some argue that persecution actually helps Christianity flourish. Continue reading
Just as water can bubble out of the ground to form a spring at the lowest point in the forest, it seems that God can bubble out of us at even the low points in our lives. Continue reading