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The gospel according to meme: guilt, greed, and glory in postmodern churches

Religion blogger Benjamin L. Corey recently shared his views on the mindset of churches in America compared to Christians who serve in places like India. He expressed his disdain for the "Jesus + bling" prosperity gospel that permeates not only mega-churches, but small and medium-sized American churches also. How did we get where we are… Continue reading The gospel according to meme: guilt, greed, and glory in postmodern churches

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The widow’s mite: a lesson on religious abuse

Anyone who has spent any amount of time in any Christian church is familiar with the story of Jesus' commenting on a poor widow giving her last mite to the treasury of the Jewish temple.  Throughout the years of my attending church services, this story has always been one of the ways religious leaders have tried to prompt or guilt people… Continue reading The widow’s mite: a lesson on religious abuse

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Some reasons why churches want your tithe

In his book, The Second Coming of the Church, Christian sociologist George Barna discovered five basic ways that church leaders in America judge the success of their ministry. They are as follows: congregational size, size of church facilities, scope of the ministry, budget size, and pastoral credibility. Out of these five, pastoral credibility is the most… Continue reading Some reasons why churches want your tithe

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Free from the law of tithing

Did you know that Christians are never commanded to tithe?  This is something that religious leaders would never want you to know but Christians are not required to give a specific percentage of anything to the church.  We are free to allow the Holy Spirit lead us in the amounts we should give, when we… Continue reading Free from the law of tithing