Paying a worker their worth

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.

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When Christians feel low ..

I toyed with titling this piece “When Christians get depressed”, but that wouldn’t be honest.  I’m not depressed, my wife had me tested.  But seriously, amongst Jesus’s followers there are a few elephants in the room, and this is one of them.  Christians do actually get low, blue and yes, even depressed.  God help us, not even the pastors seem to be exempt from having a bad day or three. Continue reading

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Weight training when life sucks: Why does God allow suffering?

Life had thrown us a few curve balls, and a close friend asked why Christians sometimes seem to have such a rough time of things.  She knows where we are at as a family and she has seen a close relative who was also a Christian suffer, and ultimately loose, a long battle with cancer.  Possibly she was starting from the assumption that Christians should have things easier, you know, since we’re best friends with Jesus ‘n’ all .. Continue reading